new zealand electronic poetry centre


Tapa Notebooks


Gorge and Rush
Tapa notebook, Oct 2007.

Brian Flaherty is the co-founder with Michele Leggott of the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc). He works as a librarian at the University of Auckland . His poetry can be found at nzepc digital.

Brian Flaherty writes:

These are notes from a trip to the U.S.A (California & Nashville), Mexico and Cuba in October 2007. For the first time, I replaced my paper notebook with an iPAQ and digital camera. Texts remain as writtten on the trip, images have been resized, and videos loaded up to YouTube.

As a librarian I am interested in how we capture and archive the changing creative process. Increasingly poets will replace paper notebooks with mobile devices, and their magpie-ing will include audio and video recordings and photos as well as text. Do they have a place in the Library's Special Collections? Does the physical artifact, in this case a twice-replaced smart phone, still have value? (The Apple Mac Powerbook 3400 that Peter Carey used to write True History of the Kelly Gang is now held in the archives of the State Library of Victoria). And what do we lose if we can no longer collect the scribbles and crossings out, the handprints and textures of physical Tapa Notebooks?


 HOME & AWAY Readings, 2010
(credit: Adrian Wiggins)

nzepc 3rd Birthday, 2004

LOUNGE #2, April 2008
(credit: Tim Page)

Last updated 17 September, 2019