Postcards From Gravelly Beach

Postcards From Gravelly Beach

Sinopse

"Postcards from Gravelly Beach" podcast features Dave O reading original works plus from selected literary stalwarts - from Russians to beats - along with smatterings from original works, backed by an eclectic assortment of music.

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Episódios

  • Simon, Stolen, Shame – Postcard #84
    Simon, Stolen, Shame – Postcard #84
    12/03/2019

    A heart-wrenching poem about an abducted boy called Simon – who lived nearby, was my age and sorta looked like me – in Surrey, BC 1982 – by the “Beast of BC” Clifford Robert Olson (NO relation). Recorded and contributed to Dark Poutine Canadian True Crime podcast – shared here for posterity etc. RIP Simon and the … Continue reading Simon, Stolen, Shame – Postcard #84 →

  • Upon the Varley Trail – Postcard #83
    Upon the Varley Trail – Postcard #83
    26/02/2019

    Along his namesake trail on banks of Lynn Creek comes story of Group of 7 bohemian painter Frederick Varley’s 10 wild years in Vancouver teaching and founding art schools, developing new aesthetics and shacking up in an $8 mountain home with mistress. Bring your own brushes: Upon the Varley Trail – Postcard #83 (30MB, 20:50, mp3, … Continue reading Upon the Varley Trail – Postcard #83 →

  • What Love Might Be… – Postcard #82
    What Love Might Be… – Postcard #82
    04/02/2019

    Love in (most) all forms – from self to romance to heartbreak – explored through poems including: mis-quote from (probably not) Jack Kerouac, Khalil Gibran advising his son, Mary Oliver reminding to trust, (Angela) Anaïs (Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira) Nin’s recklessness, Leonard Cohen recalling flowers to a shy lover, Katie Buemann picking up a sword – plus … Continue reading What Love Might Be… – Postcard #82 →

  • Transient Cultural Riffs – Postcard #81
    Transient Cultural Riffs – Postcard #81
    25/12/2018

    Full of mis-spoken words, forgotten names and other sloppiness comes annotated thoughts (squished through time and space) for shut-ins, drifters and sufferers amidst erstwhile festive melancholy times of disruption and tumult, including poems – read alongside mosquito and rooster sounds – by: Sohaib Ahmed Alan Halsey Charles Bukowski David Smalley Kat Code Dave Olson John … Continue reading Transient Cultural Riffs – Postcard #81 →

  • Sensei Larry’s Wisdom – Postcard #80
    Sensei Larry’s Wisdom – Postcard #80
    18/11/2018

    Upon turning 70 years old, Dave’s dear sensei (since a teenage Utah community college stint), Larry Harper (among various monikers) curated 70 items of advice (at request of Annie Dandelion). As such, between licks by Grateful Dead and master potter Marty Kendall, he riffs the list – ranging from practical to mystical to almost comical, … Continue reading Sensei Larry’s Wisdom – Postcard #80 →

  • A Circumnavigation of Sorts – Postcard #79
    A Circumnavigation of Sorts – Postcard #79
    20/07/2018

    Float to Istanbul, Muscat and elsewhere, and check in with Cleopatra, Shakespeare, Francis Drake, Shah of Persia, Adam, Cain, Abel, Lawrence, Ataturk, Czars Nicholas and Alexander, Matt Harding, Russia oligarchs, well-fed stray cats, unidentified shortwave broadcasts, Abraham, Norman, Matt Harding, rowers, drummers, a blonde dog and you and me… finding the edges of the globe. … Continue reading A Circumnavigation of Sorts – Postcard #79 →

  • Disappearing for Invigoration – Postcard #78
    Disappearing for Invigoration – Postcard #78
    09/06/2018

    Disappearing, invisibility, loneliness, depression, anxiety, being lost, trying to not be found, trying to find white space to invigorate… Sometimes these weave together, other times (perhaps) each remain exclusive. Gord Downie, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski and me all try to figure out the nuance in different ways atop Turkish street music, trains from Kerala and … Continue reading Disappearing for Invigoration – Postcard #78 →

  • Hospital Letters and Flames – Postcard #77
    Hospital Letters and Flames – Postcard #77
    27/05/2018

    In hospital with sedated Grandpa, Dave reads complete “Letters from Russia” epistolary literature project with frequent interruptions from visitors, nurses and medical apparatus. The letters address issues of class, revolutions, monarchy, war, trade, and love in the context of Napoleon’s foray into Russia in 1812 through letters from a cobbler to his fiancé in Paris. … Continue reading Hospital Letters and Flames – Postcard #77 →

  • Forward Momentum to Florida – Postcard #76
    Forward Momentum to Florida – Postcard #76
    13/05/2018

    Puffing along a trail recounting leaving cold, miserable London en route to post-hurricane Florida with flashbacks to working in Rheinplatz grade fields, gathering chestnuts to sell for beer and bread money, strange encampments at Oktoberfest, and hitchhiking to Amsterdam with gaggle of pals. To London by ferry and rapid exit via cheap flight Florida, quickly … Continue reading Forward Momentum to Florida – Postcard #76 →

  • Thunderstorms in the Crash Years – Postcard #75
    Thunderstorms in the Crash Years – Postcard #75
    11/05/2018

    Amidst a thunderstorm at 4AM in Chiang Mai, Dave discusses – with excessive frankness and emotion – various medical conundrums (Fibromyalgia and CFS-ME) and details the physical feelings of “crash mode” as well as the mental strain in dealing with self de-identification and inter-personal relationships, confusion in seeking help, and various alternative treatments. No sympathy or … Continue reading Thunderstorms in the Crash Years – Postcard #75 →

  • Listening to Sea – Postcard #74
    Listening to Sea – Postcard #74
    06/05/2018

    Ship-to-shore transmissions with shortwave broadcasts from elusive listening posts, soundscapes from slow ships, and freeverse poetry about unanswered communiques, transitory conditions, arbitrary citizenships, invented geography, de-identification, and intentional disappearance. Features music: “Dream World” by Matt Harding from NYOSSS (New York, Orem, San Sebastian, & Shanghai), plus various shortwave broadcasts of dubious origin, and sound samples … Continue reading Listening to Sea – Postcard #74 →

  • Eyes Towards Europe – Postcard #73
    Eyes Towards Europe – Postcard #73
    30/04/2018

    On a forgotten forest walk, Dave riffs a story about first trip to Europe – starting with trying not to puke over an Amsterdam bridge after a meeting new temporary coffee shop pals – with flashback to Mexican desert trips with Grandpa, LSD trips with VW bus-fixing pals, and family Grateful Dead road trip to … Continue reading Eyes Towards Europe – Postcard #73 →

  • (Poetic Farewell to) Ole Dead Gramps – Postcard #72
    (Poetic Farewell to) Ole Dead Gramps – Postcard #72
    16/04/2018

    Paying poetic respects to recently deceased Grandpa in a rainforest with Walt Whitman, Charles Baudelaire, Chief Dan George and original works inspired by the globe rambling, oddly charming, big fish – while official funeral happening elsewhere. Originally recorded: May 13, 2006 Sit on a tree by the river: (Poetic Farewell to) Ole Dead Gramps – Postcard … Continue reading (Poetic Farewell to) Ole Dead Gramps – Postcard #72 →

  • Friendly Dehli Wanders – Postcard #71
    Friendly Dehli Wanders – Postcard #71
    17/02/2018

    First reflecting on Funiculars, Dave then reads works by poet friends from far-flung points including: Sohaib Ahmed recounting escaped love and lights, Adam Burningham examining towns atop streams, Amber Case on a languid roadtrip, and Robert Scales appreciating a sunrise and oblivion – plus music by guitarist Matt Harding and a rainstorm, crickets and cicadas from … Continue reading Friendly Dehli Wanders – Postcard #71 →

  • A Return to Nippon – Postcard #70
    A Return to Nippon – Postcard #70
    10/02/2018

    Returning to Japan for the first time since working as a mushroom farmer in the Tottori-ken mountains decades previous, Dave rambles on about the circumstance – then and now – while wandering near his pal’s goat farm. Riffs include: arriving in the snow and getting settled, bailing on job, hitch-hiking around islands, falling in love(ish), eating … Continue reading A Return to Nippon – Postcard #70 →

  • Preserving the Wildflower – Postcard #69
    Preserving the Wildflower – Postcard #69
    03/02/2018

    What becomes of the seemingly ephemeral creations we leave behind? Especially in the analog-days? Consider these in the context of missing cassette tapes made by a now departed poet/activist/scholar Foster and guitar-ing Mikael, who recorded spontaneous youthful riffs in parent’s basement in Utah. In this postcard, Mikael  Lewis sings “Wildflower (for Foster)” written by Dave in … Continue reading Preserving the Wildflower – Postcard #69 →

  • Changing Transit Routes – Postcard #68
    Changing Transit Routes – Postcard #68
    27/01/2018

    Changing routes to think about the neighbourhoods – this Postcard is about rolling transit, everyplace and anywhere. Evidence comes in a transit route inspired spoken-word song and a smattering of poems including: odes to drivers, forgotten literary neighbourhoods, angry passengers, observed newspapers around Vancouver… plus a bit of Clayton the busker in the Seabus tunnel … Continue reading Changing Transit Routes – Postcard #68 →

  • Annapurna’s Holy Donkeys – Postcard #67
    Annapurna’s Holy Donkeys – Postcard #67
    20/01/2018

    Amongst Nepal’s western Himalaya mountains comes poems about donkey trains hauling supplies, buffalos giving milk, porters hauling excess for misguided dreamers, monks with timeless chants, sunrise over mighty peaks, prayer wheels alongside trails to evoke the feeling of clambering along ancient stone paths shared with goats and farmers growing rice, lentils and children taking cold … Continue reading Annapurna’s Holy Donkeys – Postcard #67 →

  • Lonely Cold Water Flat – Postcard #66
    Lonely Cold Water Flat – Postcard #66
    13/01/2018

    Life in hotels, wandering alone and often blue and then the death of friends all converge in a series of poems including a song by Mikael Lewis about waiting for love in a Victorian hotel. Then, from the streets of Rome with a cappuccino comes a series about departed Rod H. Ash, including “Time Traveller” … Continue reading Lonely Cold Water Flat – Postcard #66 →

  • Dad’s Malibu Super Sport – Postcard #65
    Dad’s Malibu Super Sport – Postcard #65
    06/01/2018

    When I was growing up, Dad often spoke of his Chevy Malibu SS – his favourite car.  So, while on his death bed, I asked him to tell the story. He speaks about acquiring the vehicle, the budget, the deal, the financing terms and oh, also about the car and how he enjoyed having a … Continue reading Dad’s Malibu Super Sport – Postcard #65 →

  • Leaping Beyond Cynicism – Postcard #64
    Leaping Beyond Cynicism – Postcard #64
    29/12/2017

    In tumultuous and confusing times, optimism and activism are the powerful antidotes for cynicism and fear. Two Bills share songs to assist in making this point. First B/William Lenker plays a spontaneous Squatters in Zion from his Steamboat Island woodshop, then Dave spiels about courageous – and sadly deceased Olympian – Rachel Corrie, followed by Billy … Continue reading Leaping Beyond Cynicism – Postcard #64 →

  • Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63
    Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63
    11/11/2017

    From an olden church and (otherwise vacant) cenotaph at Fort Cochin, Kerala, India, Dave O – acknowledging an extended medical and death related hiatus – discusses the local history of colonization by Portuguese explorers, Dutch traders, then British Raj in the context of the colonization leading to exploitation, conscription and war with no meaning to … Continue reading Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63 →

  • Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62
    Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62
    10/06/2010

    Poet Randall Maggs discusses his book “Night Work” about the troubled soul of legendary hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk plus the nuances of story-telling, conversations with goaltenders, Sawchuk’s Ukrainian heritage and convergence of history and hockey with host Dave Thorvald Olson at the Robson Square covered outdoor rink in Vancouver following a poetry reading promoted by … Continue reading Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62 →

  • A Little Bit Better … if not Perfect – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 9/9
    A Little Bit Better … if not Perfect – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 9/9
    31/12/2009

    In the last narrative from the Clayquot trip in Summer 2006, the water ban is lifted and Uncle Weed discuses the economic costs caused by the shutdown as well as the tensions about tourist based economy and village lifestyle, considers ingredients for positive development, and tries to resolve some conundrums by evoking Henry David Thoreau … Continue reading A Little Bit Better … if not Perfect – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 9/9 →

  • Field Notes on Bevvies, Birds and Bowls – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 8/9
    Field Notes on Bevvies, Birds and Bowls – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 8/9
    30/12/2009

    Sometimes all the bits which don’t fit make the tastiest morsels. With this in mind, Uncle Weed dishes up a smorgasbord of leftover spiels, intros, set-ups, and observations from the Clayoquot trip including narrative about camptime beverages, glass pipe cleaning tips, local sticky nuggets, eagles flying amongst the Broken Islands, historic Pacific lighthouse, skateboard contests at Tough … Continue reading Field Notes on Bevvies, Birds and Bowls – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 8/9 →

  • Salmon Swimming Free – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 7/9
    Salmon Swimming Free – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 7/9
    06/11/2009

    Visiting again with friend Kevin, Uncle Weed discusses the negative impact salmon fish farms impart on the local aquaculture. Specifically, Atlantic salmon living in pens attract hazardous sea lice, are unable to spawn, are fed with small fish imported from South America, and are dyed to appear more attractive in the supermarket. Further the politically … Continue reading Salmon Swimming Free – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 7/9 →

  • Friends of the Sound – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 6/9
    Friends of the Sound – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 6/9
    20/10/2009

    At the headquarters of Friends of Clayoqout Sound advocacy organization, Uncle Weed talks with Kevin Bruce, a concerned citizen newly arrived in Tofino to work as the office coordinator for the FOCS. With the sound of passing cars and buses, they discuss the economics of logging, stumpage fees, value of wilderness, conundrums of interconnectedness and … Continue reading Friends of the Sound – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 6/9 →

  • Conservation and Clearcuts – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 5/9
    Conservation and Clearcuts – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 5/9
    23/09/2009

    After a few days of frustration and confusion, Uncle Weed sits down on the trail and digs into a variety of essays from Beloved of the Sky by Gary Snyder, Howie Wolk, and Michael Frome plus riffs on painter Emily Carr, love/hate with the commercialized Wild Pacific trail, shore pines, lighthouses, volcanic outcroppings, leaning trees, … Continue reading Conservation and Clearcuts – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 5/9 →

  • Spieling from Whiskey Dock – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 4/9
    Spieling from Whiskey Dock – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 4/9
    18/09/2009

    While watching fishing boats ply the inlet, Uncle Weed checks in from Ucluelet to describe the cultural and municipal differences between neighboring villages of Tofino and Ucluelet after a thwarted drive towards Kennedy Lake bridge – the scene of the blockades – and examines Ucluelet’s ballyhooed reaction to Tofino’s shortage through the eyes of locals … Continue reading Spieling from Whiskey Dock – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 4/9 →

  • Tofino Dries up – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 3/9
    Tofino Dries up – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 3/9
    18/09/2009

    After recalling beach camp-outs, rainy days and salmon feasts, Uncle Weed finds out commercial water usage is banned in Tofino and closing down for the tourist operations for the busy weekend ~ thusly he sets out on the trail from Half Moon Bay to Wickaninnish Bay to discover what’s up. Includes riffs and spiels about … Continue reading Tofino Dries up – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 3/9 →

  • Meditations from the Blockades – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 2/9
    Meditations from the Blockades – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 2/9
    14/09/2009

    Out on a trail, Uncle Weed shares a few lessons learned bearing witness to the blockade lines including thoughts about non-violence and pacifism, importance of respecting others, and the common desire for trees which the ecologists and workers unwittingly share. Plus discourse on ways to replace economic gains from industrial logging with value-added finished products … Continue reading Meditations from the Blockades – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 2/9 →

  • Musings from Clayoquot Sound – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 1/9
    Musings from Clayoquot Sound – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 1/9
    12/09/2009

    Arriving at a campground between the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet, Uncle Weed sets out to explore the west coast’s unique environment and offer discourse on natural resource-based and tourism-based economies starting with recollections from the noted logging protests in the early 1990s with comments about blockade logistics from early morning pick-up trucks rides to … Continue reading Musings from Clayoquot Sound – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 1/9 →

  • Observations about Ecology and Economy – Rainforest Dispatches, Introduction
    Observations about Ecology and Economy – Rainforest Dispatches, Introduction
    12/09/2009

    Introducing a series of explorations and soliloquies from the Clayoquot Sound area on the west coast of Vancouver Island during a summertime water outage in the midst of a temperate rainforest. While figuring out what happened, Uncle Weed recollects the tense logging blockades in early 1990s and compares current conditions through lens of deep ecology … Continue reading Observations about Ecology and Economy – Rainforest Dispatches, Introduction →

  • Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard #60
    Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard #60
    18/07/2009

    From a forested pathway along the open Pacific between Tofino and Ucluelet, DaveO reads poetry from Gary Snyder’s Myths + Texts and Rip Rap plus essays about Wobblies, timber-jacks, logging camp culture, and giant trees from Beloved of the Sky then the words Siddhartha the Buddha spoke upon achieving enlightenment. Strap on your boots for: Forests … Continue reading Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard #60 →

  • Owl Creek Limnology and Exploration – Postcard #59
    Owl Creek Limnology and Exploration – Postcard #59
    04/04/2009

    Dave O spiels forth about the exploration of rivers and lakes, the impetus for ventures and motivations for trade ~ augmented by autoharp songs by Larry Harper dreaming of floating the Colorado River down Glen Canyon ~ then freeverse – mostly from stumbling around Europa in 1992 – thinking about connectedness, lifespans of mysteries and … Continue reading Owl Creek Limnology and Exploration – Postcard #59 →

  • Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – Postcard #58
    Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – Postcard #58
    01/03/2009

    By a campfire on Owl Creek, Dave reads an instructional guide to hitch-hiking about a November trip from South Carolina to Rhode Island with a series of tips including smiling, signs, watches, and going with the flow while Dan Funboy noodles on guitar. Stick your thumb out for: Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – … Continue reading Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – Postcard #58 →

  • Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57
    Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57
    27/02/2009

    While summertime camping alongside Owl Creek and charging the recorder with the rays of the sun, Dave reads a short story written while on the road with ole dead Grandpa called “So the Legends Go” – a portrait of life one morning in Navajo Nation in 1987 – accompanied by adolescent observations and musings. Accompanied … Continue reading Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57 →

  • Hitch a Thousand Miles to See a Friend – Postcard #56
    Hitch a Thousand Miles to See a Friend – Postcard #56
    15/02/2009

    From Halfmoon Bay on Vancouver Island, Dave gives it up for zen poet hero Gary Snyder and recounts beat history from The Old Ways and logging culture from Myths and Texts plus poems about hitchhiking, girls, baths, clearcuts and the Buddha plus original freeverse poetry.

  • Chronicling Interesting Boulders – Postcard #55
    Chronicling Interesting Boulders – Postcard #55
    28/08/2008

    Alongside raging Lynn Creek, Dave remarks about boulders which are indeed interesting as the sign pointed out, then reads a haibun about books and statues on a curly maple shelf, and poems about buying hardware and fruit in Bucerias, mysterious curves and clouds, and solace for weary delirious travellers, while Wm. Lenker sings the traditional … Continue reading Chronicling Interesting Boulders – Postcard #55 →

  • Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54
    Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54
    25/07/2008

    From a skunk-scented perch along Mosquito Creek, Dave spiels about feverish dreams in a Mexican clinic, personal archeology, mirages about the Wonder Hotel, and reads verse about late trains, dammed rivers, watching ships, and men in white coats walking past. Take your vitamins for: Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54 (128k mp3, 16:35, 15MB) Read … Continue reading Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54 →

  • Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53
    Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53
    21/07/2008

    Visiting the Woodshop on Steamboat Island amidst hayfever and national holidays, Dave and Wm. Lenker exchange spontaneous musical freeverse tales of Pennsylvania, Agana Harbour (Guam), Jericho Beach (Vancouver), and Lake Crescent (Washington) while wounded Samson howls along. Weigh anchor for: Howling at Land and Sea – Postcard #53 (128k mp3, 17:51, 16MB) Note: Photo by DaveO on … Continue reading Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53 →

  • Taxi Flashbacks Towards Gatwick – Postcard bonus
    Taxi Flashbacks Towards Gatwick – Postcard bonus
    13/02/2008

    In a collection of transitory reminiscences, Dave O rolls on from rainy North Van by taxi down venerable Granville St. down the spine of to YVR with indigenous dioramas. Then travels by plane to Gatwick Airport, continuing via train to Victoria Station, then by another taxi to Piccadilly Circus passing notable London sites along the … Continue reading Taxi Flashbacks Towards Gatwick – Postcard bonus →

  • Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52
    Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52
    31/01/2008

    From a Lougheed skyscraper comes an improvisational reading with guitars – first more ocean-inspired works from Tristan Corbière, Victor Hugo and Dave Olson into a freeform spoken word account of trip down the Pacific Coast highway to a haunted roadhouse with sequoias growing an inch a day. Roust yerself for: Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests … Continue reading Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52 →

  • Letters from Russia on “Write Now!” show – Santa Cruz Free Radio (2007)
    Letters from Russia on “Write Now!” show – Santa Cruz Free Radio (2007)
    19/01/2008

    Stamp your envelope for: Letters from Russia on Santa Cruz Free Radio (.mp3, 57:07, 26MB) Blurb DJ Snailmail and DJ Anon discuss Letters from Russia with writer Dave Thorvald Olson on the “WriteNow! The Art & Action of Letterwriting” show, Dec. 2007 on Santa Cruz Free Radio – low-power unlicensed station – also streaming live. … Continue reading Letters from Russia on “Write Now!” show – Santa Cruz Free Radio (2007) →

  • Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51
    Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51
    12/01/2008

    Starting at the Steamboat Island Woodshed, Dave rambles salty original freeverse with Wm. Lenker on banjo and traces personal poetic lineage winding through French impressionalist/symbolist and Brittany sea-coaster Tristan Corbière (prefaced by Victor Hugo). Then – as sleet, slush and hail beats down on the Mosquito Creek studio skylight – rolls into the beat American … Continue reading Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51 →

  • Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50
    Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50
    03/01/2008

    An aural montage of past new years’ evenings featuring Dave O reading from Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” next to crackling cabin woodstove on Pender Island (note scratching dog and someone with a stuffy nose), followed by a latenight freeverse message to Napoleon, a languid tale recorded in a garage about a bewildering New … Continue reading Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50 →

  • Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49
    Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49
    09/11/2007

    Wrapping up the White Poppies for Remembrance series with a narrative late-night wander through Westminster, London, DaveO meanders past military monuments, victory squares, cenotaphs, palaces, royal parks, war museum, war chambers, riot fences, war protesters, churches, parliament and finishing at St. James park for a sitdown under a weeping willow to consider monarchy, individual rights … Continue reading Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49 →

  • Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48
    Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48
    24/10/2007

    Back home on the North Vancouver porch, Dave reads from Clay Mcleod’s essay Why I Don’t Wear a Poppy while sending peace and resistance towards the decent lieutenant Magnum in Iraq and the Philippines along with earnest comrades at arms and peaceful strangers in war torn lands. Plus he admonishes the Canadian Legion for blocking … Continue reading Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48 →

  • Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47
    Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47
    16/08/2007

    A story about Iraqi resistance fighters and their personal motivations by a young writer called Waiting in Baghdad is the crux of the next White Poppies for Remembrance episode – read from the homeporch with a Welsh mining lantern and firetrucks rolling past. Written by Chris K, a player on a dave-coached in-line hockey team … Continue reading Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47 →

  • (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46
    (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46
    05/07/2007

    Taking a Remembrance Day respite to enjoy a conscious discussion with ‘Trigger’ at Vancouver’s New Amsterdam Cafe, Dave O listens to the consequences and conditions of space, in tangible and gestalt senses, and reviews the paradigm shifts of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside ‘four corners’ – once one of the grandest intersections in the British Empire. Later, … Continue reading (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46 →

  • Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45
    Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45
    22/05/2007

    Part 6 of the “White Poppies for Remembrance” series considers the opportunity cost of the lost human potential while at the Victory cenotaph in downtown Vancouver – along the way, troubadours sing about Providence, Joyful(ness) along with spontaneous percussion-scapes and city bus brakes. DaveO examines the value of life with Gord Downie‘s swift deconstructions of … Continue reading Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45 →

  • Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard #43
    Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard #43
    27/04/2007

    Finding Victory Square in post-ceremony calm, Dave settles onto a bench for lost sailors with some bagpipers to chat about John Macrae’s “Flander’s Field” poem and mull the tension between remembering noble effort and embracing jingoistic behaviour. This conundrum is evident in snippets of an essay by Stephen Osborne – The Poem and the Poppy – … Continue reading Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard #43 →

  • Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42
    Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42
    23/04/2007

    Part 3 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series (recorded Nov. 2006) features reading from the Dhammapada by Siddhartha Gautama while waiting for the Seabus heading towards Victory Square. Along the way, Dave talks about conscientious objection and military service evaders in Canada, mercy and the state of the downtown eastside. Page France sings Chariot, … Continue reading Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42 →

  • White Poppies on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41
    White Poppies on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41
    15/04/2007

    Part 2 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series finds Dave O eating oatmeal in North Van before heading downtown Vancouver to check in on Remembrance Day remembering activities. While having a bite to eat, he explains the mission of the White Poppies for Peace (a Peace Pledge Union project) folks based in the UK … Continue reading White Poppies on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41 →

  • Geological Storytime with Sheep – Postcard #40
    Geological Storytime with Sheep – Postcard #40
    13/04/2007

    Down on Lenker’s farm, Dave O checks in on the animal inventory and riffs his own freeverse poetry about canyon exploration, a groaning generation, and tense search for authenticity and truth – all re-mixed with Bill’s Pennsylvanian poetics about frost heaves and nurturing life accompanied with his salty guitar jamble. Then, in the woodshed, Dave … Continue reading Geological Storytime with Sheep – Postcard #40 →

  • Vanquishing Grecian Warlords – Postcard #39
    Vanquishing Grecian Warlords – Postcard #39
    14/03/2007

    Embarking on a White Poppies for Remembrance Day series, Dave reads the role of King Agamemnon from the Oresteia by Aeschylus written in the 6th century BC. The King returns to Argos by chariot, with a captured royal concubine in tow, and tales of plunder and pillage after defeating Troy… and is then met by … Continue reading Vanquishing Grecian Warlords – Postcard #39 →

  • Improvising Over Hedges – Postcards #38
    Improvising Over Hedges – Postcards #38
    12/03/2007

    Busting out a bit of original (un)sung freeverse with guitar-toting pal Bread, a shaker egg, and a stack of freeverse – fortified with improvisational bits about the mortar holding the middle of bricks, leaping over hedges, waiting for airplanes and diesels downshifting and being … so tired but sometimes so inspired bewildered and in love … Continue reading Improvising Over Hedges – Postcards #38 →

  • San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack – Postcard #37
    San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack – Postcard #37
    01/01/2007

    Continuing on with Kerouac’s San Francisco Blues, DaveO strolls down The Mission reading Jack’s choruses written on the same street in 1954 while observing butter trucks, museums and tolling bells, then listening to Clayton the Seabus busker sing about going home. Pedestriate carefully for: San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack – Postcard #37 (128k mp3, 11:32, … Continue reading San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack – Postcard #37 →

  • Kerouac Choruses at Third and Harrison – Postcard #36
    Kerouac Choruses at Third and Harrison – Postcard #36
    06/12/2006

    In San Francisco on an early morning stroll sporting a French-curled tie, Dave performs contemporary reconnaissance of an intersection described by Jack Kerouac in San Francisco Blues and discusses Kerouac’s motivations and system for creating these Blues poems. Geographically speaking, the additional observations include bridge commuters, urine puddles, hot dog and motorcycle tire shops, beer-signed … Continue reading Kerouac Choruses at Third and Harrison – Postcard #36 →

  • Sea Rescue Spontaneity from the Woodshop – Postcard #35
    Sea Rescue Spontaneity from the Woodshop – Postcard #35
    22/10/2006

    Along with Mr. Lenker of Steamboat Island and his guitar, large hounds and varied livestock, Dave reads poems “Refined, Not Created” and “Aye Carpathia,” while Bill sings about the “Man with a Rebel Soul” – followed by reading of “This and That” with guitar improvisation… from deep in the woodshop studio. To the boats for: … Continue reading Sea Rescue Spontaneity from the Woodshop – Postcard #35 →

  • Lanterns for Welsh Miners – Postcard #34
    Lanterns for Welsh Miners – Postcard #34
    17/10/2006

    Dave reads a smattering from Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac and original verse written in Germany in 1992, joined by Trauben the hitchhiking acupuncturist (who toils to understand a Welsh miner’s lantern), the lads chat about flowing chi, Cascade mountain lookouts the author as a young writer while attempting to communicate with racoons – possibly bearing … Continue reading Lanterns for Welsh Miners – Postcard #34 →

  • Tea with Chinese Masters – Postcard #33
    Tea with Chinese Masters – Postcard #33
    16/09/2006

    Dave checks in with the words of Chinese literature aficionado Lu Ji with his notes on the writer’s craft after a recent batch of related inspiring events including a Dalai Lama visit, plus Chinese medicinal tea from Dr. Wu and the works of Gary Snyder, then ends with a live track called Helicopters by The Stills. Boil … Continue reading Tea with Chinese Masters – Postcard #33 →

  • Conrad’s Youthful Adventures from an Unnamed Park – Postcard #31
    Conrad’s Youthful Adventures from an Unnamed Park – Postcard #31
    19/07/2006

    Dave reads from Joseph Conrad’s “Youth: A Narrative” from the community garden in the park with no name near Cambie-land, Vancouver and meanders on about riding trains, steamer ships, expansive seas and erstwhile adventures while immersed in foreign culture and ends with a bit of a seascape tune from an original piece called “The Ferry … Continue reading Conrad’s Youthful Adventures from an Unnamed Park – Postcard #31 →

  • Kerouac’s San Francisco in Dave’s Vancouver – Postcard #30
    Kerouac’s San Francisco in Dave’s Vancouver – Postcard #30
    03/06/2006

    On a North Van hillside, Dave reads a few choruses from Jack Kerouac’s “San Francisco Blues” and talks about “Ti Jean’s” writing life, including his dexterous style and notable substance – plus expresses affection for Vancouver and the joys of rediscovery. Dream of moonlight for: Kerouac’s San Francisco in Dave’s Vancouver – Postcard #30 (.mp3, … Continue reading Kerouac’s San Francisco in Dave’s Vancouver – Postcard #30 →

  • Rilke’s Letters at a Breezy Island Market – Postcard #29
    Rilke’s Letters at a Breezy Island Market – Postcard #29
    03/06/2006

    At Granville Island Market on a breezy spring day, Dave talks about Czech/German/French writer Rainer Maria Rilke and reads from Letter # 10 from “Letters to a Young Poet,” plus offers discourse about the writing life, dealing with creative conditions and personal honesty – plus chats about the charming Vancouver False Creek waterfront. Gaze into … Continue reading Rilke’s Letters at a Breezy Island Market – Postcard #29 →

  • Whitman on the Windy Columbia – Postcard #28
    Whitman on the Windy Columbia – Postcard #28
    29/05/2006

    A personal stirring moment, recorded for Grandpa, Robert Louis Stevenson (RIP) on the windy banks of the Columbia River featuring Walt Whitman’s “To You” – read whilst sitting under a weeping sage tree with toiling barges, endless trains and snowy Mt. Hood in the distance. Watch the river roil for: Whitman on the Windy Columbia … Continue reading Whitman on the Windy Columbia – Postcard #28 →

  • Red-headed Girl in San Francisco from Shelter Cove – Postcard #27
    Red-headed Girl in San Francisco from Shelter Cove – Postcard #27
    07/03/2006

    Rather raw, first sampling from the Shelter Crescent session featuring Brad Rees playing electric guitar while I talk and yodel my way around some freeverse – seems to be thinking about waiting for a red-headed girl in San Francisco while drinking at an unwelcome bar. Peek through the curtains for: Red-headed Girl in San Francisco … Continue reading Red-headed Girl in San Francisco from Shelter Cove – Postcard #27 →

  • Henry Going to Galicia from the Woodshed – Postcard #26
    Henry Going to Galicia from the Woodshed – Postcard #26
    05/02/2006

    Contemplating the edge of the (then known to Western folks) Earth with Henry the Navigator in this sixth instalment of the Woodshed Session featuring Bill Lenker’s guitar stylings / singing and me wondering why he went out into the unknown instead of turning right (or even  left). Sail into the unknown for: Henry Going to … Continue reading Henry Going to Galicia from the Woodshed – Postcard #26 →

  • Curiosity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – Postcard #25
    Curiosity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – Postcard #25
    04/02/2006

    The fifth Woodshed session choogles along with a free verse extravaganza with Bill Lenker playing on the guitar and singing in-betwixt as I spiel forth words, memories, ideas and rhymes – topics include George Washington bridge, Providence parks, postcards to friends, and going nowhere. No umbrella needed for: Curiosity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – … Continue reading Curiosity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – Postcard #25 →

  • Considering Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22
    Considering Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22
    04/02/2006

    The second Woodshed Session again features Bill Lenker on guitar and DaveO with free verse and lyrical snippets. This time, observations from a rainy night in Vancouver is the tangible topic – the intangibles are for you to determine. Watch your step on: Considering Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22 (4:34, 4MB, .mp3) … Continue reading Considering Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22 →

  • Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24
    Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24
    04/02/2006

    Go on a trip for this next Woodshed session, again Bill Lenker on guitar and singing, and Dave busting some narrative about items on a bookshelf and reminiscing about Caye Caulker, Belize. Runaway to a Caye for: Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24 (7:22, 7MB, .mp3) Artifacts, from Caye Caulker, Belize, … Continue reading Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24 →

  • Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23
    Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23
    03/02/2006

    Rolling along with the Woodshed Sessions, here’s number 3 … again Bill Lenker’s guitar and songwriting/singing skills along with my free verse and lyrical snippets – this time about lighthouses, aspen trees and an insinuated scandalous incident. Light the signal lamp for: Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23 (7:50, 7MB, .mp3) A lighthouse … Continue reading Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23 →

  • Cascadia Starlight in a Woodshed Session – Postcard #21
    Cascadia Starlight in a Woodshed Session – Postcard #21
    03/02/2006

    A postcard from (along with the next few) the Steamboat Island woodshed with Bill Lenker’s guitar and vocals (see Postcard #13) dove-tailing with original free verse and lyrical works – fortified with spontaneous word-i-fication. First up in this series comes Bill’s song combined with my semi-rhymey verses about riding trains through Cascadia. All aboard for: … Continue reading Cascadia Starlight in a Woodshed Session – Postcard #21 →

  • Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20
    Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20
    27/12/2005

    Out on a nighttime walk, Dave sits in the frosty grass under a tree, by a pond, with a Guinness and reads ‘post-modern’ stories by Murakami Haruki, Raymond Carver, Kelsye Nelson and himself, as well as offering up festivus gift ideas. Pour a sturdy one for: Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20 (21;20, … Continue reading Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20 →

  • Snowy Nighttime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19
    Snowy Nighttime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19
    04/12/2005

    From a snowy porch with raccoons chirping nearby, Dave reads from Richard Brautigan, Phillip Whalen, ee cummings, Walt Whitman plus his original free verse while enjoying Pernod and ginger-ale. Don a toque for: Snowy Nighttime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19 (14MB, 15:23, .mp3) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly Beach podcast, via:  PfGB RSS feed  PfGB … Continue reading Snowy Nighttime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19 →

  • A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18
    A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18
    22/11/2005

    On a foggy morning with Osmanthus tea, Dave reads tales by professor Larry Harper – “The Man Who Loved Provo,” and his own “Right (as in Correctly)” plus a snippet from Natsume Soseki’s very wabi-sabi classic “Kokoro.” Be beautiful in decay for: A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18 (18:22, 17MB, .mp3) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard … Continue reading A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18 →

  • Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17
    Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17
    13/11/2005

    With a head full of cold medicine, Dave reads a haibun poem for Remembrance day and then enjoys John Cairney reading from Robert Burns’ exploits and indiscretions in Edinburgh in a mighty brogue. Dof yer cap for: Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17 (17:04, 17MB, .mp3) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly Beach podcast, … Continue reading Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17 →

  • Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16
    Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16
    03/11/2005

    On a rainy day in North Van, Dave – with strong coffee – reads two more “Letters from Russia” plus a breathy bit of Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Ring the bell for: Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16 (14:06, 13MB, .mp3) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly Beach podcast, via:  … Continue reading Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16 →

  • Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15
    Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15
    15/10/2005

    Dave – on a couch with red wine – reads short story snippets by Gordon Cavenaile and himself, plus a poem by John Barta and part of Hans Brinker to celebrate his new hockey skates. Lace ’em up for: Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15 (.mp3, 16:46, 15MB) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly … Continue reading Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15 →

  • Streaming Consciousness with Joyce from a North Shore Porch – Postcard #14
    Streaming Consciousness with Joyce from a North Shore Porch – Postcard #14
    09/10/2005

    Dave – from a porch in Vancouver’s North Shore – dedicates his favourite part of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” to a friend, plus reads some of his own short story called “About Being Stabbed in the Forehead.” Open your head for: Streaming Consciousness from a North Shore Porch – Postcard #14 (.mp3, 9:32, 11MB) Subscribe Auto-magically … Continue reading Streaming Consciousness with Joyce from a North Shore Porch – Postcard #14 →

  • German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13
    German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13
    27/09/2005

    Dave starts the reading on a pier at Capitol lake and continues days later at Bill Lenker’s woodshed on Steamboat Island where he reads original free verse written in German countryside as well as works by French poet, Arthur Rimbaud. Cross the Atlantic for: German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13 … Continue reading German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13 →

  • Barflys in the Backyard Reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12
    Barflys in the Backyard Reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12
    17/09/2005

    DaveO – feeling relaxed – reads from Kerouac’s Some of the Dharma, Bukowski’s Barfly and some of his own love junk while Christopher provides guitar and vocal stylings from the backyard at the Puget house. Pull up a chair for: Barflys in the Backyard Reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12 (12:09, .mp3, 11MB) Dave … Continue reading Barflys in the Backyard Reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12 →

  • In Vancouver with Salinger and Disc Golf Hi-jinx – Postcard #11
    In Vancouver with Salinger and Disc Golf Hi-jinx – Postcard #11
    13/09/2005

    From Queen Elizabeth Park in beloved Vancouver, DaveO reads from J.D. Salinger’s “For Esme with Love and Squalor” and part of a “Letter from Russia”… until disc-golf hi-jinx ensue! Heads-up for: In Vancouver with Salinger and Disc-golf Hi-jinx – Postcard #11 (10:27, .mp3, 10MB) Subscribe Auto-magically receive Postcard from Gravelly Beach podcast, via:  PfGB RSS feed  … Continue reading In Vancouver with Salinger and Disc Golf Hi-jinx – Postcard #11 →

  • Kerouac Rides West and Dave Hitches North – Postcard #10
    Kerouac Rides West and Dave Hitches North – Postcard #10
    08/09/2005

    From a backyard in OlyWa, Dave reads from Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and a bit of hitch-hike narrative of his own recounting a trip up from North Carolina to Rhode Island during a cold November – backed with more smoking jazz tracks by Joe Williamson and colleagues in Banff circa 1990. Stick out your … Continue reading Kerouac Rides West and Dave Hitches North – Postcard #10 →

  • Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the Gulf Coast – Postcard #9
    Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the Gulf Coast – Postcard #9
    04/09/2005

    Dave O reads a Utah writer variety pack from Pe Ell, Washington featuring Françios Camoin, Levi Peterson, and Ed Abbey (more Ed – interview and article in Canyon Country Zephyr) plus an original essay about Glen Canyon Dam. Then, Lewis and Clark check in from their homestretch after scoring some whiskey, and Dave enlists the … Continue reading Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the Gulf Coast – Postcard #9 →

  • Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey’s wisdom and Uncle Weed’s story – Postcard #8
    Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey’s wisdom and Uncle Weed’s story – Postcard #8
    03/09/2005

    In Volume 8, while in Pe Ell, WA, DaveO reads from Lewis and Clarks’ journals as they lose horses on Sept. 3rd, then Ed Abbey foretells the future in his modern classic, “Desert Solitaire”, then the Uncle Weed story continues with jovial demonstrations of eco-sabotage and desert enjoyment while camping with kids . Saddle up for: … Continue reading Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey’s wisdom and Uncle Weed’s story – Postcard #8 →

  • Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and Jazz from Banff – Postcard #7
    Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and Jazz from Banff – Postcard #7
    01/09/2005

    In Volume 7, Dave, chilling with sake and smoking jazz tracks, reads from Jack Kerouac‘s “Lonesome Traveller,” “Mexico City Blues” and “American Haiku”; Gary Snyder from “The Backcountry”; and haiku from masters Issa Kobayashi and Basho; and finally his own original haiku and haibun. Chill out with: Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and Jazz from … Continue reading Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and Jazz from Banff – Postcard #7 →

  • Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6
    Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6
    31/08/2005

    In Volume six, DaveO sits with ducks at Olympia’s Capitol Lake on a windy day and reads from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Confessions” and offers a bit of discourse on transparency, plus reads two more original “Letters from Russia” epistolary literature. Sit down for: Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6 (10:00, 11MB, mp3, … Continue reading Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6 →

  • Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5
    Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5
    26/08/2005

    In Volume five, DaveO hangs out in the dark at Olympia’s Seven Oars park and reads Part 2 of Uncle Weed’s Red Rock Adventure, chats about Edward Abbey, and reads from Ed’s “Desert Solitaire” (scored fresh from Olympia’s Last Word Books). https://archive.org/download/UncleWeedAndEdAbbeyHeadToCanyonlandsPostcard5/Uncle%20Weed%20and%20Ed%20Abbey%20head%20to%20Canyonlands%20-%20Postcard%20%235.mp3 Go into the canyons for Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – … Continue reading Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5 →

  • Russian Epics, French Poems and Irish Beer – Postcard #4
    Russian Epics, French Poems and Irish Beer – Postcard #4
    25/08/2005

    In Volume 4, DaveO reads from his own “Letters from Russia,” Leo Tolstoy’s epic “War and Peace” and a bit of French poetry while fumbling with pronunciation and enjoying a Guinness in the nighttime garden. https://archive.org/download/RussianEpicsFrenchPoemsAndIrishBeer-Postcard4/Russian%20Epics%2C%20French%20Poems%20and%20Irish%20Beer%20%E2%80%93%20Postcard%20%234.mp3 Wander along for Russian epics, French poems and Irish beer – Postcard #4 (19:22, 20MB, stereo, .mp3) Countryside, watercolour … Continue reading Russian Epics, French Poems and Irish Beer – Postcard #4 →

  • HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3
    HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3
    23/08/2005

    In Volume 3, Dave reads from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience” plus Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “100 Years of Solitude” and his own Portuguese Snapshots. https://archive.org/download/HDThoreauAndGGMarquezAlongForTheRide-Postcard3/HD%20Thoreau%20and%20GG%20Marquez%20Along%20for%20the%20Ride%20%E2%80%93%20Postcard%20%233.mp3 Hop a train for HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3 (13:20, 14MB. stereo, .mp3) Snapshot: fishing boats at rest in Salema, Algarve, Portugal … Continue reading HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3 →

  • Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2
    Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2
    23/08/2005

    Postcard #2 in which Dave reads from Gary Snyder’s “Left out in the Rain,” Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and from original short story, “I Remember Florida.” https://archive.org/download/RememberingFloridaHeadingToJapanWanderingWithWaltPostcard2/Remembering%20Florida%2C%20Heading%20to%20Japan%2C%20Wandering%20with%20Walt%20-%20Postcard%20%232.mp3 Prepare yourself for Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2 (10MB, 11:06, .mp3, stereo) (this curious image was scavenged from the interweb, if someone takes … Continue reading Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2 →

  • Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1
    Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1
    20/08/2005

    In podcast Volume 1, DaveO reads from his original “Uncle Weed’s Red Rock Adventure” plus a snippet from Richard Brautigan’s “Trout Fishing in America” and introduces the spoken word literature show thusly: “Postcards from Gravelly Beach” is an occasionally-brewed podshow featuring spoken word with bits of literary discourse and maybe some tunes from time to … Continue reading Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1 →

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