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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 70
[ Text: That the sound comes from inside / that the head is like the whorl of / an ear or many — as if the bumps of the brain / each opened out to make those ears / that the ear [s] is and are an echo / chamber for its and their own originality / that this originality is somehow deeply / constructed in the chambers of a long & / wide library / that this library is open & closed at / once — a room as thick with books & / strangely nurturing as the placenta is made / of pipelines of blood / that someone who writes has at the / same time internalized the resonance / of that library as if a cave of echo[e]s // 24 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.