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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 47
[ Text: But have I truly accounted / for the fear of time / the anger at not living ‘fully’ / the rage & sadness at death in general / & one’s own [next two words are bracketed] imagined impossible absence in specific // Any poem is paradoxical — pulsing / across — down — into — the passage of / time on the page and lavish at its / felt instants of being inside the turn / of words. // Drafts are paradoxical in this way. / They both ‘escape’ death and ‘enter’ it. // 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.