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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 26
[ Text: what he’s doing — I get the picture’ and / you don’t have to read it but rather can / look at it as if it were a site sculpture / or environmental art, wh[ich] it is. // (or you might read sections to/ see e.g. what a one sided / conversation with Marjorie P[erloff] / sounds like!) // I still want a poem or a work that / people can read. // Need to read all of it / of. // 9 Jan 09 ]
RBD gloss: By ‘environmental art,’ I didn’t mean eco-art. I meant things that impinge on you in your environment — an attempt at unselective ‘reality’ as a mode of realism. Representing (that’s a pun, so let’s say proposing) a degree-zero of ‘representation’ or mimesis.
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.