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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 46
[ Text: TO———– // I have received your messages / several times now // But I haven’t yet obeyed. ‘Respond.’ / Responded. Respondez! // I have received these messages to ‘do’ / several dreams now // Including Lady-dog (peeing) and a // struggling female interlocutor / whom I questioned ‘how you do it’ / But I have turned away & re-justified / various / other pursuits. // How much clearer do I need you // to be, Poetry? / dear [next two words are bracketed] pissed off patient Poetry // 25 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.