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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Notebook Page

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[ Right: NZ 24 cent Stamp: an ornate white Maltese cross on a red background . With the legend ‘1885 / Centenary / of St John / Ambulance / 1985’ [ Blue ink: ]
Three Poems — no / narrative anywhere / in there, so move / along. / / [ Horizontal line of three NZ stamps, 15 cents, 60 cents, 25 cents, each bearing a portrait image of a Maori chief: Te Heu Heu, Te Ata O-Tu, and Te Hau. ] [ black ink: ] Let’s detour around Australia’s / ballads and explorer poems, / which are nearly all narrative — / ‘What did I discover yesterday? What / Did I discover today? What will / I discover tomorrow?’ — Banjo / Paterson Man From Snowy River, / Clancy of the Overflow, Kenneth /

Commentary: The phrase ‘Move along!’ is borrowed from the NY Police Department, who are supposed to say ‘Nothing to see here. Move along! Move along!’ Why do I dislike Australia’s explorer poems? Why does ‘Banjo’ Paterson spell his surname with only one T? Why does the sun rise in the East? And let’s not mention Homer’s worn epithet Eos Rhododactylos!

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p.001, p.002, p.003, p.004, p.005, p.006, p.007, p.008, p.009, p.010, p.011, p.012, p.013, p.014, p.015, p.016, p.017, p.018, p.019, p.020, p.021, p.022, p.023, p.024, p.025, p.026, p.027, p.028, p.029, p.030, p.031, p.032, p.033, p.034, p.035, p.036, p.037, p.038, p.039, p.040, p.041, p.042, p.043, p.044, p.045, p.046, p.047, p.048, p.049, p.050, p.051, p.052, p.053, p.054, p.055, p.056, p.057, p.058, p.059, p.060, p.061, p.062, p.063, p.064, p.065, p.066, p.067, p.068, p.069, p.070, p.071, p.072, p.073, p.074, p.075, p.076, p.077, p.078, p.079, p.080, p.081, p.082, p.083, p.084, p.085, p.086, p.087, p.088, p.089, p.090, p.091, p.092, p.093, p.094, p.095, p.096, p.097, p.098, p.099, p.100, p.101, p.102, p.103, p.104, p.105, p.106, p.107, p.108, p.109, p.110,
 Cover: Cover Rear Inner, Cover: Cover Rear.

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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