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Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 2008 and 2009 Tapa Notebook — page 71
[ Text: the materiality of writing / / • pen & correct suggestive notebook / • computer, technology. recorders in / the pocket / • material production of the voice humming / in the sinus cavities, the mouth & the lips / cupping & and reverberating, the tongue alive / & precise / • the body in the world — socialized & / encouraged differentially in family & schooling / • social location, national location, gender / class — the uses of any talent for words & / song in any community // 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.