DuPlessis: Tapa-15

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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 15

[ Text: What do I mean by ‘symphonic’ — that / analogy? Lots of contrasting elements. Serious / emotional trajectories where one actually is / placed inside the world of the artwork and endures / the experience it gives. In music — sonority, / depth, echo, change-ups of rhythm, different / timbres, choices of instruments. And pulse / pulse pulse. The forward drive of statement. / Wh[ich] in the poem becomes — forces let loose / and perhaps pulse tends therefore toward closure. / Pulse has to be held, has to give pleasure, / and often has, therefore, to resolve. /
      often resolve /
      in mystery, the mystery /
      of how we got here/there /
      and where it is we are. /
            4 Jan 09 ]


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- tapa-pattern

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.

University of Auckland nzepc records. MSS & Archives 2003 / 4, 3 / 13. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. Copyright Notice: Please respect the fact that all the material on this site is copyright © Rachel Blau DuPlessis and the individual authors 2012 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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