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[ centre image: pale blue appliqué skull with purple cloud surrounding, below, one red cross and one pale blue cross ] [ pale blue ink: ] At the conclusion Wystan / Curnow [ skull ] had a / few [ skull ] questions / about [ skull ] the prov- / enance [ skull ] of the ideas / behind [ skull ] the piece, / questions [ skull ] which I feel he had dipped in a mordant / solution [ crosses ] beforehand. / [ in a yellow ink box: ] 2 pm / Break / [ black ink: ] I regret that I had to / miss the afternoon sessions; / they sound interesting — but /

Commentary:
Mordant: adjective
1. sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; biting.
2. burning; corrosive.
3. having the property of fixing colors, as in dyeing.
noun
4. a substance used in dyeing to fix the coloring matter, especially a metallic compound, as an oxide or hydroxide, that combines with the organic dye and forms an insoluble colored compound or lake in the fiber.
5. an adhesive substance for binding gold or silver leaf to a surface.
6. an acid or other corrosive substance used in etching to eat out the lines, areas, etc.
7. Music. mordent.
verb (used with object)
8. to impregnate or treat with a mordant.

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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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