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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 55
[ Text: The desire to write autobiography of a poem. / One note — in Draft 96 Velocity — the / doubling (shadow poem, or 2 poems, or / poem & variation or 2 variants of a / missing never achievable ‘original’) and the / verbal doubling — very intentional. So it / does look like the ‘2nd’ poem/text/element / will happen in this last set [the final nineteen poems of Drafts]. What the/ doubling means — the endless generation of / words that mean almost the same precisely / The Jakobson SELECTION & COMBINATION. / selection based on equivalence (sort of) / combination based on contiguity / sequencing/ [diagram like x and y axis labeled] // axis of selection // axis of combination / 6 Feb 09 ]
RBD gloss: Roman Jakobson’s striking formulation: The poetic function projects the principle of equivalence from the axis of selection into the axis of combination comes from Language in Literature. Ed. Krystyna Pomorska and Stephen Rudy. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard U.P., 1987, 71.
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.