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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 54
[ Text: Saturated dream / saturated dream / amidships finding a letter / a Christmas letter / in an old packing / envelope years old // ‘Beverly Dodson’ [glossed in left margin as] friend from highschool / letter from / 1979 and / candy — a / present — / never / answered [written crosswise] Beverly Dahlen ? equals? // ? / 6 Feb 09 ]
RBD gloss: translation: the question here is Beverly Dodson the dream equivalent of Beverly Dahlen. The real question is so what? This I cannot answer.
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.