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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Page —

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[ right: 80 cent NZ stamp, mainly blue and green picture of Doubtful Sound, a gigantic fiord on the South Island. ‘The fiord was originally named Doubtful Harbour by Captain James Cook, who didn’t sail into the inlet because it looked a bit tight for safe manoeuvering. It was later named Doubtful Sound by whalers and sealers.’ ] [ black ink: ]
series of ref- / erences to bear / hunting, the / first of which / is ‘a hunter in the dim mirror killing / a bear’. US poet Galway Kinnell was born in the same year as John / Ashbery, and also lives in New / York City. Daniel Schenker says: / / [ pale blue ink: ]
In one of his [Kinnell’s] best / known poems, ‘The Bear’, an / Eskimo hunter stalks a polar / bear who eventually succumbs / to the sharpened bone coiled in / the hunter’s bait. When the / hunter comes upon the bear’s /

Commentary:
From Whalers and Sealers to Bear Hunters… it doesn’t sound good.

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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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