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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Notebook Page —

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Text:
[ Background: red ladybird bugs on gold, yellow and green background ] [ text on a white overlay glued to the page ] [ below, six green New Zealand one penny, two penny and three penny stamps arranged two by two, each bearing the image of the then-current British Sovereign, from Edward the Eighth, top right, to Queen Elizabeth the Second, bottom left, and one [ 2 d, Hawke’s Bay Centennial, 1858–1958 ] a lady labelled Pania naked from the waist up. ] Text:
are too long, and / ( C ) you can’t / anthologise them. /
[ Two horizontal green ink lines ] [stamps below ]

Commentary:
Anthologies keep poets alive: think of Sappho. If it had not been for the Greek anthologists, all men, we would have none of her poems at all. And Pania?

Pania of the Reef
Pania of the Reef
Wikipedia says ‘Pania, often styled Pania of the Reef, is a figure of Ma[a macron]ori mythology, and a symbol of the New Zealand city of Napier. [ For the legend, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pania ] A statue of Pania on Napier’s Marine Parade is a major local tourist attraction. The 1.5 metre statue […] was unveiled […] on 10 June 1954 by then Prime Minister Sidney Holland, and has since been much photographed by tourists. The statue was commissioned by members of the Thirty Thousand Club after the Anglican Bishop of Aotearoa, Frederick Augustus Bennett, related the legend of Pania to them. Several students from Hukarere Girls College were photographed as models for the statue, and eventually, Mei Irihapiti Robin (now Mei Whaitiri), was selected. A clay likeness of the photograph of Mei and an actual traditional Piupiu skirt were made by the Italian Marble Company of Carrara in Carrara, Italy. The clay model was then used to produce the bronze statue, which is estimated to weigh between 60 and 70 kg. The statue has often been compared to the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen; there is a resemblance between the two figures, both statues are small, bronze, and near the ocean, and both are based on similar stories. Vandalism and theft: In 1982, the statue was shot in the head.[1] The damage was later repaired. Then, on 27 October 2005 the statue was stolen.[2][3] Police were unsure of the motive but thought activism unlikely, a prank unlikely because theft was premeditated, and theft of the bronze for meltdown was unlikely because it was worth only about NZD$200. They thought a ransom was possible because a statue worth $250,000 earlier stolen from a restaurant in Waikanae was returned after $10,000 ransom was paid.[4] Pania was discovered by Jeff Foley and recovered by police on November 4,[5] restored, then replaced on November 16.’

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 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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