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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 69
[ Text: I truly like this comic / poetics-laden episode / between young Creeley + Levertov: III, 29 / ‘Anyhow, she thought I was crazy, me shouting, / it don’t matter a damn WHERE I PUT IT / this X, is only that this SAME X could be / ANYWHERE / it is that makes it WHERE I / PUT IT…’ in CO/RC correspondence // As I read that — he has chosen this place / to put a mark — it is a human, impulsive, / willed ACT (thus the existential) where then / & thereupon he consciously lives out the meaning / possibilities, and outcomes from making that mark X there. Here. Levertov (& Goodman’s) / counter argument not given but it was likely / more aesthetic (mark wd look best over ‘here’) // X 25 Feb 09 ]
RBD gloss: The implications — that in writing any mark could be anywhere — if one had the fortitude to live out the choices that resulted — this was very clear to me and was why I put the X by the date.
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.