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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 61
[ Text: The imagery of tripping or stumbling / that I have all thru Drafts — / found this in Peter Cole’s new book / Things on which I’ve Stumbled in / his notes, p 98: ‘When a person accustoms / himself to studying the Mystery of Creation… / it is impossible that he not stumble. It is / therefore written (Isaiah 3:6) “let these / ruins be under your hand”… This refers to / things that a person cannot grasp unless they / cause him to stumble.’ (Bahir 51) // he = she / him = her // 19 Feb 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.