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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 62
[ Text: Creeley to Olson in vol 10, May 27, / 1952 (114-119 is the center) / ‘No one has any mystery, either in his hands/ or in any other part of him, until he acknowledges / that he is himself, and that ultimately, and that / nothing shall ever relieve him or even thank him for / being… That he must register all that is / given to him, that nothing can be expected, that / no matter his calmness or sureties, it can be / infinite in its gradations, of pain, or of anything.’ // ‘My damnit my persistence in the literal / act of life. Anyone’s. Who’s to thank.’ / 117 // (This is — the pages — are a major statement.) / (ironically [?] Olson was enraged at the criticism) / ‘To accept responsibility. Every damn day / you get it’ 118 // 18 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.