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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 44
[ Text: In (I think) his article on / time in the long poem, Ron [Jacket Magazine] / notes abt Celia Zukofsky’s “A-24” / arrangement — “she demonstrates / how the same material might appear / across time as well as in a new setting.” / That’s true of my reusing language / across (horizontally) on the ‘lines.’ / Material de-contextualized & recontextualized / both recurs & differs. (‘The same, yet / different, different but the same as before.’) // (H.D.) // 23 Jan 09 ]
RBD gloss: Ron Silliman. “‘As to Violin Music’: Time in the Longpoem.” (April 2005). http://www.jacketmagazine.com/27/silliman.html RE: H.D.: This aphorism from Trilogy (‘Tribute to the Angels’), here slightly misquoted, became very talismanic to me because it summed up the dialectic of sameness and difference in my self-citation practices in Drafts. The actual words of H.D. in Trilogy II, 39 are ‘the same — different — the same attributes, / different yet the same as before.’
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.