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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Notebook Page —

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Text:
[ Right: NZ 45 cent stamp, bearing a picture of a ewe with curly horns and two lambs, titled in green ink by J.T.: N.Z. / SHEEP / ] / a factoid I / remember from / 40 years ago / says that the two cultures with the / highest consumption of poetry / per capita are Iceland and / Macedonia. Well, they are/were / both sheepherder cultures [ the word ‘sheep’ underlined twice in green ink ] — with / long cold winters and [green and black ink: ] no television. / Of course you make up poems. / [ Left, photo: morning tea, titled ‘2012-03-29-morning-tea-03.jpg’ ] Alexandria and / the Epyllion — / Around 280 B.C. / Writing had been / invented, and a / great Research Institute was / developed in Alexandria. Academic / and scholar Apollonius wrote what /

Commentary:
Of course the great Library at Alexandria was the greatest Research Institute in the world, at that time. Alexander may have conquered the world and given his name to the city, but the Research Institute was not his idea. Conquerors conquer; librarians create the great Research Institute that made the city famous. Then came the poets, after writing had been invented.

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These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by Australian poet John Tranter for the University of Auckland Library. It recounts his experiences in Auckland in March 2012 at the University’s symposium ‘Short Takes on Long Poems’. John has published an internet journal with similar material. This Notebook has the advantage of handwriting, doodles, decoupage and lots of colourful New Zealand stamps. Copyright Notice: Please respect the fact that all the material on this site is copyright © and the individual authors 2012 to 2016 et seq. It is made available here without charge for personal study and enjoyment by individuals only. It may not be stored, displayed, published, reproduced, or used for any other purpose.

 

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