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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 32
[ Text: ☆ [star] / found the William Kentridge citation p 102 / of Phaidon book — against art in / a state of grace. // ‘It is one thing to be grateful for / those lies and quite another to / [a bigger star in right margin] ☆ perpetuate them.’ 102 // and further — in section called ‘After/ Auschwitz there is, alas, lyric poetry’ // A sense of anguish whose ‘central / characteristic is disjunction. The fact that / daily living is made up of non-stop flow of / incomplete, contradictory elements, impulses / and sensations.’ But even more ‘the ease / with which we accommodate it’ 104 // Jan 14 2009 ]
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.