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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 53
[ Text: So — have I in fact decided that / I will ‘finish’ Drafts with 114 and / consider it an episode — one main / episode of what I will do next — / which is: / if I have my sense of things / — really short poems // — visual works // — maybe — if I get lonely for them / more long poems Another episode of / Drafts. // — the autobiography of that practice / (see a few pp later [two arrows, one tiny] // 1 Feb 09 ]
RBD gloss: as of April 2016, this prediction or decision has begun to come ‘true’. Drafts ‘folded up’ in 2012; the final book was published in 2013. The book of short poems is Interstices (Subpress, 2014); one currently in-print book of visual works is Graphic Novella (Xexoxial Editions, 2015) and another (‘Churning the Ocean of Milk’) is online at Alligatorzine (2014). http://www.alligatorzine.be/pages/151/zine160.html.The current overarching rubric for long works (several individual poems are in print) is Traces of Previous Formats. Other post-Drafts works are not yet in print.
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.