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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Page —

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[ Left, stylised NZ stamp denomination 3d, bearing the legend KEEP OUR ROADS SAFE, with a colour drawing of hand holding steering wheel, while a black-and-white road stretches through a map of New Zealand ] Ashbery’s ‘Clepsydra’ / is a complicated piece / of writing. Its title seems / to have little to do / with the poem: a ‘clepsydra’ / is a kind of water-driven clock (the name / means water-stealer) used by the / Ancient Greeks. The poem is also long: / 253 lines long, to be precise : nearly / nine pages. It was first published in / book form in the 1977 volume Rivers / and Mountains. / / So I took the last word or two / of each line from ‘Clepsydra’, and / as with my earlier experiments with / ‘terminals’, and also the first word / or two from each line. Thus each line / of my reworked poem had its beginning / and ending given to me; my task / was to replace the meat in the /

Commentary:
The helpful notes explain everything, including the line number count. Well, almost everything.

Links: Cover: Cover Front Inner, Cover: Cover Front,
p.001, p.002, p.003, p.004, p.005, p.006, p.007, p.008, p.009, p.010, p.011, p.012, p.013, p.014, p.015, p.016, p.017, p.018, p.019, p.020, p.021, p.022, p.023, p.024, p.025, p.026, p.027, p.028, p.029, p.030, p.031, p.032, p.033, p.034, p.035, p.036, p.037, p.038, p.039, p.040, p.041, p.042, p.043, p.044, p.045, p.046, p.047, p.048, p.049, p.050, p.051, p.052, p.053, p.054, p.055, p.056, p.057, p.058, p.059, p.060, p.061, p.062, p.063, p.064, p.065, p.066, p.067, p.068, p.069, p.070, p.071, p.072, p.073, p.074, p.075, p.076, p.077, p.078, p.079, p.080, p.081, p.082, p.083, p.084, p.085, p.086, p.087, p.088, p.089, p.090, p.091, p.092, p.093, p.094, p.095, p.096, p.097, p.098, p.099, p.100, p.101, p.102, p.103, p.104, p.105, p.106, p.107, p.108, p.109, p.110,
 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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