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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 13
[ Text: I don’t want poetry to / be a bad habit — I want / it to be an event / / Bad habit associates with / little dinky poems you make like / automatic knit 2 purl 1 / / Event means the reader has / an immense experience in / reading the work. It is true / that size does not matter for / an event. Small like Dickinson … / / 1 Jan 09 ]
These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by American poet Rachel Blau DuPlessis for the University of Auckland Library. It ponders Rachel’s experiences writing in 2008 and 2009. For more of this backstory, see here. The word ‘tapa’ refers to the kind of dyed patterned cloth (made from the paper mulberry tree) shown left, and on the front cover of the notebook, an honorable practice popular in Polynesia. (See Wikipedia) Most spreads of this notebook have a blank verso (left hand page), except for 7L and 7R. Bank verso pages are not shown; usually only the recto (right hand) page is shown.