John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Notebook Page —
[ red ink: ] for its radio drama technique / and for its skilful verse / variations, which range from / the colloquialism of the blindly / struggling mortals to the / solemn tones of the announcer / reporting the progress of their fate.’) [ black ink: ] There’s also C.J. / Dennis and his mock-heroic / long poem The Sentimental Bloke / with its sly digs at [ Shakespeare’s ] Romeo / and Juliet. Those poems / don’t survive because (a) they / go out of fashion, (b) they /
Commentary: Douglas Stewart (1916-1985) was born in Eltham, Taranaki Province, New Zealand, to an Australian-born lawyer father, Alexander Armstrong Stewart, a schoolteacher and later lawyer originally from Melbourne, and his wife Mary (née Fitzgerald). Stewart enjoyed a happy childhood, which he would describe in his late memoir, Springtime in Taranaki (1983). He visited Australia in 1933 for a short time, and returned to Australia in 1938 and took up a position with the Sydney weekly The Bulletin (where John Tranter also worked for a few years in the early nineties.) During his [ Stewart’s ] editorship The Bulletin published such poets as Judith Wright, Francis Webb, David Campbell, Rosemary Dobson, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Randolph Stow and Vivian Smith. While working with The Bulletin, Stewart published six volumes of his own poems, co-edited two books of Australian poetry, and produced a number of verse-plays and a volume of short stories. He also contributed to the script for the award-winning Australian documentary, The Back of Beyond (1954). Photo, below, of Douglas Alexander Stewart, poet, author and playwright, courtesy of the University of Queensland Library at espace.library.uq.edu.au
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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.