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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 25
[ Text: Kenny Goldsmith’s work / grinds the reader down with / the plethora of detail that / you process (i.e. that you block) by filters — / normally, but he gives it to you / in its totality by writing it down / (or by applying words and syntax to / it). And that is overwhelming in // a stupid-ifying sublime sort of way. / (this still responding to Chris Martin) / I like to think of Drafts as a / poem you need to read every word / of. With Kenny at a certain / point, you can say ‘Oh, that’s / 9 Jan 09 [arrow pointing to next page ]
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.