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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Notebook Page —

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[ Lower left 3 Cent stamp Centenary Otago University 1869-1969 with suitable images ] [pale blue ink throughout ] John Tranter’s first long / poem, ‘Red Movie’, appeared / in his book of the same name / in 1972 — a fragmentary / pastiche. Then The Floor of / Heaven — 1986-92, a / loosely-linked sequence of / film noir melodrama / narratives. More recently / The Anaglyph — 2006 — Lit / Crit with a human / face. I could read / ‘The Anaglyph’, but / it would take 48 / minutes, as it did /

Commentary:
(a) Otago is in the far South of the New Zealand South Island, about as close to Antarctica as one can get.
(b) ‘The Anaglyph’ is a response to John Ashbery’s long poem ‘Clepsydra’, using the same line-beginning and line-ending words as the original, imitating the appearance and function of substituted meat in the sandwich, as it were. You can read it here: The Anaglyph.

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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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