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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 22
[ Text: from CJ Martin by email 8 or 7 Jan // [RBD: his email is given, but excluded because changed] // ‘I’m still working up notes toward an / essay on black-outs/ overprinting/mourning / in Drafts’ He speaks of [Sianne] Ngai ‘stuplimity’ — / a sense of words ‘coming one on top of / the other rather than one following the / next.’ ‘This seems like a really useful / formulation to me, especially in relation / to those blackouts in your work — but / also in terms of the multiple axes, which / seem to me lately to result in a kind of / 3-dimensional text (ie — the more I read / the 2 axes, the more I’m convinced I / must hold multiple drafts in play at / once in a reading.’ [arrow pointing to next page] / 9 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. Blank verso pages are not shown; usually only the recto (right hand) page is shown.