John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Notebook Page —
[ Upper right: NZ 2d (two penny) stamp, green and brown ink, celebrating Tasman’s discovery of New Zealand 1842 with L to R Picture of Abel Tasman, picture of his boat, and his chart of the West coast of New Zealand, and below the legend 1840 — CENTENNIAL OF NEW ZEALAND — 1940 ] [ pale blue ink ]
when I read it / at a conference / in Melbourne in / 2008. I don’t / have time to do / that today, so instead I’ll talk / about how the poem works, briefly. / [ dark blue, orange, and dark blue ink horizontal lines ] [ dark blue ink: ] ‘The Anaglyph’ is collected in the book / Starlight: 150 Poems, published in / 2010 by the University of Queensland / Press. You can read the poem and / its extensive notes in Jacket2 / magazine associate editor Pam Brown / kindly published it in 2011: [with notes] / [ red ink: ] https://jacket2.org/poems/poems-john-tranter/
The notes to ‘The Anaglyph’ go on forever: here’s the start: ‘The Anaglyph’ initially resulted from a commission from the Toronto magazine The Modern Review to write an essay of any type on John Ashbery’s 1967 long poem ‘Clepsydra’. In response Tranter took the first word or two and also the last word or two of each line from John Ashbery’s poem, and wrote material of [ his] own to fill each line out.
A clepsydra is a water-driven clock, invented in Ancient Greece. An anaglyph is a drawn or photographic image, usually printed in red and bluish-green ink, that, when viewed through spectacles containing one bluish-green lens and one red lens, presents a three-dimensional image; that is, an image consisting of two superimposed and differently-colored views of the same scene.
This piece is about fourteen printed pages long. It was first published in The Modern Review 2, no. 4 (June 2007), and was read by Vincent Broqua at the international conference Ashbery in Paris, 11-13 March 2010 at the Université Paris-Diderot, Institut Charles V, 10 rue Charles V, 75004 Paris.
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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.