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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Page —

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[ All in pale blue ink: ] [ lower left: appliqué ladybird endpapers in a vertical oblong, smaller white paper appliqué on top of that, smaller 40 cent New Zealand stamp on top of that, bearing a picture of a square stone tower in tulip field, and bearing the legend Seymour Square Gardens, Blenheim ]
a rounded idea of the / characters, plot & setting. / I found that when the oblique / [continued inside appliqué white paper ] visual imag- / ery was / added the / characters / [ stamp ] / and their / relationships / filled out in / my mind. // [ continued on right hand side of page, under double yellow ink horizontal lines: ] the work is / a late / offshoot of / my short / story EGGS / in Crikey! / 1993 / which leads / from Ara- / moana to / the / Caucasus. / /

Commentary:
Cilla McQueen’s choice of words (‘characters, plot and setting’) feels unsettlingly old-fashioned, which is perhaps a measure of how far the University of Auckland has travelled. Is this headlong journey into the future a good thing? Is McQueen’s insistence on the older virtues of story-telling a bad thing? If poetry has been around as a vital force for millions of years, isn’t an insistence on fashion a betrayal of history?

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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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