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[ purple ink: ] That I have / called ‘terminals’. [ Right: red and white NZ stamp bearing the legend 12th MAY 1937 (the date of the coronation of King George VI and Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon [later known as the Queen Mother] [see below] at Westminster Abbey, London.) The stamp features a double portrait of the happy couple. [ Other notable events of 1937 include the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the first issue of Look magazine, FDR made President of the USA, The Soviet Union’s execution of 31 people for alleged Trotskyism, and the fact that the the first issue of Detective Comics is published in the United States [ , which ] goes on to become the longest continually published comic book in American history; it is still published as of 2015. ] [Below, a row of five reddish to orange NZ stamps, in denominations of 4d, 6d, 1.5d, 1d and .5 d, each bearing the same portrait of a youthful George VI. ] [ Below, black ink: ] I have written many poems in / this mode, taking end-words / from Matthew Arnold, Auden, / Barbara Guest, John Keats, / Frank O’Hara, Banjo / Paterson and others. The US / poet, editor and critic Brian / Henry has studied and / summarised this technique / in a paper published in /

Yep: that sounds like an ‘Ashbery’ all right. I should mention that Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (4 August 1900-30 March 2002) was the wife of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. She was Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the Dominions from her husband’s accession in 1936 until his death in 1952, after which she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to avoid confusion with her daughter. She was the last Empress consort of India.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Portrait by Richard Stone, 1986.
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Portrait by Richard Stone, 1986.

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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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