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Postcards from Gravelly Beach; Uncle Weed; uncleweed; Dave Olson; poetry; literature; podcast; spoken word; beat; freeverse; Dave Thorvald Olson; beat
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Postcards from Gravelly Beach, Uncle Weed, uncleweed, Dave Olson, poetry, literature, podcast, spoken word, beat, freeverse, Dave Thorvald Olson, beat
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Clayoquot? (scratch)
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Taos hostage incident? (re-record)
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Mysterious rainy alley?
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Onward from Esalam (Big Sur)?
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A Circumnavigation of Sorts – Postcard #79archive.orgy (e)yy
Cleopatra, Shakespeare, Francis Drake, Shah of Persia, Adam, Cain, Abel, Lawrence, Ataturk, Czars, Matt Harding,unidentified shortwave broadcasts, Abraham, Norman, Matt Harding, rowers, drummers, Postcards from Gravelly Beach, Uncle Weed, uncleweed, Dave Olson, poetry, literature, podcast, spoken word, beat, freeverse, Dave Thorvald Olson, beat, Turkey, Istanbul, Muscat, Oman
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.
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Disappearing for Invigoration – Postcard #78archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, Charles Bukowski, disappear, disappearing, freezers, gord downie, healing, invisible, jack kerouac, kerala, literature, lonely, podcast, poems, poetry, postcards from gravelly beach, reinvention, therapy, trains, Turkey, vanish
Disappearing, invisibility, loneliness, being lost, trying to not be found, trying to find white space to invigorate… Gord Downie, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski and me all try to figure out the nuance in different ways atop trains & Turkish street music.
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Find a Flame in a Hospital – Postcard #77archive.orgy (e)yy
dave olson, death, dying, epistolary, grandfather, grandpa, hospital, letters from russia, literature, podcast, poetry, postcard from gravelly beach
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. Then finishes with Walt Whitman heading on the open road (which ole Gramps was so fond of doing himself).
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Forward Momentum to Florida – Postcard #76archive.orgy (e)yy
Europe; hitchhiking; hitch-hiking; Germany; Amsterdam; London; Miami; hurricane; Dallas; Japan; SLC; fIREHOSE; Sebadoh; Pavement; Velvet Underground; Mickey Hart; Sonic Youth; wandering; journey; grape picking; Rhein; monologue;
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 interjecting in chaotic domestic situations, meals with surly Hare Krishnas, sleeping on unglamorous beaches, and avoiding looting commotion, while plotting forward momentum, which eventually came in form of a dubious drive-away car situation to Dallas… and beyond (in 1992). Features music by: “Brave Captain” fIREHOSE (recorded live in Ancienne, Belgique, March 12, 1991, 1991 via Archive.org), “Florida” by Blue Rodeo (recorded live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), and “Crazy Fingers” by Grateful Dead (recorded live in Phoenix, AZ, 1993 via archive.org).
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Thunderstorms in the Crash Years – Postcard #75archive.orgy (e)yy
Fibromyalgia; chronic fatigue syndrome; myalgic encephalomyelitis; CFS; ME; monologue, Ayurvedic; Ayurveda; alternative treatments; healing; illness; disability; depression; Thailand; thunderstorm; rainstorm; Chiang Mai; functional neurology;
Amidst a thunderstorm at 4AM in Chiang Mai, Dave discusses – with excessive frankness – 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 advice requested.
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Listening to Sea – Postcard #74archive.orgy (e)yy
Shortwave, listening station, ocean, sea, ship, transmissions, communiques, maps, legends, citizenship, geography, cartography, disappearing, broadcast, soundscapes, matt harding, dream, dream world
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, and intentional disappearance. Features music: “Dream World” by Matt Harding from NYOSSS (New York, Orem, San Sebastian, & Shanghai) and various shortwave broadcasts of unknown origin, sound samples from oceans recorded by Dave and via BBC sound archive.
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Eyes Towards Europe – Postcard #73archive.orgy (e)yy
amsterdam, dave olson, europe, grandpa, grateful dead, hike, journey, literature, LSD, mexico, podcast, poetry, postcard from gravelly beach, roadtrip, varley trail
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 in Arizona.
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(Poetic Farewell to) Ole Dead Gramps – Postcard #72archive.orgy (e)yy
Charles Baudelaire; chief dan george; dave olson; death; dying; family; grandfather; grandpa; literature; lynn valley; podcast; poetry; postcard from gravelly beach; remembrance; robert louis stevenson; varley trail; Walt Whitman
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
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Friendly Dehli Wanders – Postcard #71archive.orgy (e)yy
Adam Burningham, amber case, beat, dave olson, Dave Thorvald Olson, freeverse, india, literature, Matt Harding, New Jersey, podcast, poems, poetry, postcards from gravelly beach, quebec, robert scales, Sohaib Ahmed, Sooby Ahmed, spoken word, uncle weed, uncleweed, utah
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 a porch.
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A Return to Nippon – Postcard #70archive.orgy (e)yy
japan; travel; literature; story; dave olson; postcards from gravelly beach; nippon; nihon; mushroom; goats; hot springs; storytime
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 okonomiyaki, soaking in hot springs and living simultaneously in the future and past. Also persimmons and goats, pigs, cows et al.
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Preserving the Wildflower – Postcard #69archive.orgy (e)yy
Mikael Lewis: Dave Olson, Uncle Weed, Poetry, podcast, postcards from gravelly beach, poetics, literature, foster, death, dying, freedom, Utah, Sri Lanka, Thailand, beat,
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Changing Transit Routes – Postcard #68archive.orgy (e)yy
transit; poetry; vancouver; uncleweed; dave olson; bus driver; bus; routes; alice munro; literature; transit; seabus; ferry; waiting; cities; neighborhoods
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 playing The Replacements’ “Skyway.”
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Annapurna’s Holy Donkeys – Postcard #67archive.orgy (e)yy
himalayas; donkeys; buddha; nepal; poetry; wandering; trail; bells; monks; postcards from gravelly beach; uncle weed; uncleweed; dave olson; poetry
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Lonely Cold Water Flat – Postcard #66archive.orgy (e)yy
poetry, loneliness, postcard from gravelly beach, uncleweed, uncle weed, dave olson, rod ash, mikael lewis, rome, italy, hotel, lonely, blue, death,
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" plus poetic riffs name-checking Charles Bukowski, Audrey Hepburn, Pete Best, the Fitzgeralds, Vatican’s Swiss guard and the post office by the Sistine Chapel and desert campfires.
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Dad's Malibu Super Sport – Postcard #65archive.orgy (e)yy
story, death, dad, car, chevy, malibu, postcards from gravelly beach, dave olson, dave thorvald olson, uncleweed, uncle weed, poetry, family
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 reliable and cool vehicle as a young married man creating a life, after growing up poor in Regina, Saskatchewan, then heading off to BYU in Utah. The story is interrupted by a nurse bringing lunch and news. He died 10 days later.
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Leaping Beyond Cynicism – Postcard #64archive.orgy (e)yy
activism, bill lenker, billy bragg, cynicism, great leap forward, music, poetry, rachael corrie, rachel corrie, steamboat island, vancouver, vogue, william lenker, woodshop, zion
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 William Lenker plays a spontaneous Squatters in Zion from his Steamboat Island woodshop, then Dave spiels about courageous – and sadly deceased Olympian – Rachael Corrie, followed by Billy Bragg vehemently spieling on stage before a rollicking snippet of his Great Leap Forward from Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre.
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Remembrance Day with Vasco's Bones – Postcard #63archive.orgy (e)yy
anzac, churchill, cochin, dave olson, daveolson, diplomacy, dutch, fort cochin, fort kochi, india, kerala, literary, literature, macarthur, peace, portugal, postcard, postcard from gravelly beach, remembrance, remembrance day, reparation, uncle weed, uncleweed, vasco da gamma, war, White Poppies, white poppies for remembrance
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 local populace. Plus the meaning of reparations and the conflict of peaceful resistance – evidenced my Mahatma Gandhi beach a stone’s throw away – contrasted with continued wars throughout the world, shadowed by disposable tourism, economic and racial caste systems. Recorded Nov. 11, 2016, Released 11:11 Nov. 11, 2017
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Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62archive.orgy (e)yy
audio, beat, Black Tories, brick books, canada, choogle on, choogleon, culture, dave olson, daveo, documentary, Drive-by Truckers, freeverse, goalies, goaltenders, history, hockey, lit, literature, olympics, Podcast, poetry, randall maggs, randallmaggs, Robson Rink, spoken word, terry sawchuck, terry sawchuk, terrysawchuck, terrysawchuk, uncleweed, vancouver
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Vimy Ridge Diaries on Remembrance Day – Postcard #61archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, cbc, dave olson, daveo, diaries, freeverse, Geoff Berner, Grandpa Mark, Ian Bell, Library Steps, lit, literature, peace, Podcast, poetry, rememberance, remembrance, remembrance day, respect, spoken word, trenches, UBC, uncleweed, vimy ridge, war, White Poppies, white poppies for remembrance, william markle pecover, WW1, WW2
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Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard #60archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, clayoquot, Clayoquot Sound, clearcuts, dave olson, daveo, essays, freeverse, Gary Snyder, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, rainforest, spoken word, tofino, uncleweed, William Elliott Whitmore
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
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Owl Creek Limnology and Exploration – Postcard #59archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, europe, freeverse, funboy, glen canyon, guitar, hitchhiking, lake powell, lakes, Larry Harper, lit, literature, ocean, Owl Creek, Podcast, poetry, rivers, spoken word, uncleweed
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 reasons for peeking into the unknown with Trauben and Funboy providing guitar stylings whilst camping alongside Owl Creek in the British Columbia highlands.
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Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – Postcard #58archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, Dan Funboy, dave olson, daveo, east coast, freeverse, hi-jinks, hitch, hitchhiking, I-95, lit, literature, narrative, Owl Creek, podcast, poetry, spoken word, story, tips, uncleweed
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.
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Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57archive.orgy (e)yy
arizona, beat, camping, Dan Funboy, dave olson, daveo, first nations, freeverse, lit, literature, native, navajo, Owl Creek, Podcast, poetry, reservation, short story, Shortish stories, spoken word, uncleweed
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 (.pdf) - a portrait of life one morning in Navajo Nation in 1987 - accompanied by adolescent observations and musings. Accompanied by Dan Funboy on guitar and solar-powered vaporizer.
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Hitch a Thousand Miles to See a Friend – Postcard #56archive.orgy (e)yy
baths, beat, beats, Bex, buddha, california, cascadia, Clayoquot Sound, clear-cuts, dave olson, daveo, forestry, freeverse, Gary Snyder, girls, hitchhiking, lit, literature, logging, Podcast, poetry, san francisco, spoken word, uncleweed
From Halfmoon Bay on Clayoquot Sound, 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, clear-cuts and the Buddha - then finishes with original freeverse poetry about the transient experience called "Railyards Passing By."
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Chronicling Interesting Boulders – Postcard #55archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, folksong, freeverse, lit, literature, moonshiner, Podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed, william lenker, Wm. Lenker
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 travelers, while Wm. Lenker sings the traditional folksong Moonshiner (Rye Whiskey).
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Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54archive.orgy (e)yy
art, beat, bop, dams, dave olson, daveo, fever, freeverse, haibun, lit, literature, mexico, mosquito creek, north vancouver, Podcast, poetry, ships, skunks, spoken word, trains, uncleweed, vancouver, Wm. Lenker
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.
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Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, bop, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, guam, lake cresent, lit, literature, Podcast, poetry, prose, sea stories, shanties, spoken word, spontaneous, steamboat, Steamboat Woodshed, uncleweed, vancouver, Wm. Lenker, woodshed, woodshop
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.
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Taxi Flashbacks Towards Gatwick – Postcard bonusdaveostoryy (e)yy
audihertz, breakfast, buckingham palace, gatwick, granville, International Exploits, london, miss 604, monarchy, piccadilly circus, podcast, UK, vancouver, westminster
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 way. And recapping visits to New York neighbourhoods, San Jose developments, importance of stimulating road literature, podcast faves, outstanding Vancouver activities, worthy podcasts, street music, thoughts on going with the flow, healthy breakfasts and provocative TV in London.
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Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, Bread, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, Podcast, poetry, spoken word, Tristan Corbière, uncleweed, Victor Hugo
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.
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Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51archive.orgy (e)yy
american, beat, beat generation, beats, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, french, Gary Snyder, hugo, jack kerouac, jazz, Joe Wllmson et al, John Sinclair, kerouac, lit, literature, North Van, Podcast, poetry, sinclair, snyder, spoken word, Steamboat Woodshed, Tristan Corbière, uncleweed, Victor Hugo, Wm. Lenker
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 50s and 60s with John Sinclair's chronicle Brilliant Corners, Jack Kerouac riding trains from Atop an Underwood, and Gary Snyder arriving from sea from The Backcountry ~ fortified with jazz, joints and hot sake.
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Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50archive.orgy (e)y
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, Jack London, lit, literature, Out and About, Pender Island, Podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed, Wm. Lenker
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 Years Eve in Japan, and finally a poetic nugget of memory and hope for the future.
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Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, dave olson, freeverse, gratefeul dead, Jerry Garcia Band, lit, literature, london, monarchy, museum, peace, poetry, poppies, remembrance, remembrance day, respect, royalty, sightseeing, soundseeing, spoken word, trafalgar square, UK, war, westminster, White Poppies, white poppies for remembrance
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 and responsibilities, and the role of class division in waging war as London's sirens, trains, and Big Ben fill the night.
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Peace to Soldiers and Strangers – Postcard #48archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, Jerry Garcia Band, lit, literature, military, North Van, nov. 11, parade, peace, podcast, poetry, poppies, poppy, remembrance, remembrance day, respect, spoken word, tyee, uncleweed, vancouver, war, White Poppies, white poppies for remembrance, Wm. Lenker
Back home on the North Vancouver porch, Dave reads from an essay Why I Don't Wear a Poppy while sending peace and resistance towards the decent Lt. Magnum in Iraq and the Philippines along with earnest comrades at arms and peaceful in wartorn lands.
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Waiting (and Resisting) in Baghdad – Postcard #47archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, peace, podcast, poetry, remembrance day, respect, spoken word, uncleweed, war, White Poppies, white poppies for remembrance, iraq, resistance,
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 in Olympia Washington in 2002.
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(Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46archive.orgy (e)yy
art; beat; canada; dave olson; daveo; Downtown Eastside; freeverse; gord downie; gordon downie; gravelly beach; lit; literature; peace; podcast; poetry; postcard; postcards from gravelly beach; remembrance; remembrance day; respect; spoken word; uncle weed; uncleweed; vancouver; Walt Whitman; war; White Poppies; white poppies for remembrance
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, he wanders and reads Walt Whitman (When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd) and Gord Downie (from Coke Machine Glow) to bring it 'round home for this part #7 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series.
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Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45archive.orgy (e)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, Discourse, Downtown Eastside, freeverse, gord downie, Henry David Thoreau, lit, literature, peace, podcast, poetry, remembrance day, respect, spoken word, uncleweed, war, White Poppies, white poppies for remembrance
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 existence from Coke Machine Glow, Henry David Thoreau‘s visionary stories of perseverance and the value of the mindfulness from Walden and a personal declaration of sovereignty and dignity from original Letters from Russia read in hospital to ole gramps.
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Righteous Declarations for Humans – Postcard #44archive.orgy (e)yy
beat; dave olson; daveo; Discourse; Downtown Eastside; freeverse; Joe Willamson; lit; literature; Out and About; peace; podcast; poetry; remembrance day; respect; spoken word; uncleweed; war; White Poppies; white poppies for remembrance
Part 5 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series continues with Dave at Victory Park, this time reading the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by General Assembly Dec. 10th, 1948) with riffs on tolerance, human relations, common understanding and mutual respect, including a healthy sampling of articles on brotherhood, privacy, special treatment for mothers plus a commentary about refugee status and the illegal nature of torture and humiliating treatment. Then brings it 'round home with a snippet from H.D. Thoreau's Walden about sovereign man being the origin of the political state while accompanied by lively jazz (via bootleg cassette) featuring Joe Williamson and cohorts in Banff from way back playing about Peace to the Children of our Universe and Common Market offering up replenishing Refresh(ment) live on KEXP.
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Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard #43archive.orgy (e)yy
bagpipes; beat; cenotaph; dave olson; daveo; Discourse; Downtown Eastside; Flanders field; freeverse; lit; literature; peace; podcast; poetry; remembrance; remembrance day; spoken word; uncleweed; war; WW1
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 - which relates the amazing grace of drinking gin with Gramps who was there - 'in the void.'
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Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42archive.orgy (e)yy
;beat; Bill Janovitz; Clayton the Seabus Busker; dave olson; daveo; Discourse; Downtown Eastside; freeverse; lit; literature; peace; podcast; poetry; remembrance day; respect; Siddhartha Gautama; spoken word; uncleweed; war; White Poppies; white poppies for remembrance
Part 3 of the White Poppies series features reading from the Dhammapada by Siddhartha Gautama while heading towards Victory Park and talks about conscientious objection and military service evaders in Canada, mercy and the state of the downtown eastside.
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White Poppy on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41archive.orgy (e)yy
;beat; dave olson; daveo; Discourse; Downtown Eastside; freeverse; lit; literature; North Van; peace; podcast; poetry; poppy; remembrance day; respect; spoken word; uncleweed; war; White Poppies; white poppies for remembrance
Part Two of the White Poppies for Remembrance series finds DaveO eating oatmeal before heading downtown Vancouver and explaining the mission of the White Poppy folks based in the UK - to abolish war and violence of all kinds and spread peaceful vibes.
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Geological Storytime with Sheep – Postcard #40archive.orgy (g)yy
;beat; dave olson; daveo; ee cummings; freeverse; lit; literature; podcast; poetry; spoken word; Steamboat Woodshed; uncleweed; Wm. Lenker
Down at Lenker's farm, DaveO checks in on the animal inventory and riffs his own verse mixed with Bill's poetics and guitar then tells a story about a blissful moment of time in Peliliu, Palau while lambs, dogs, rams and a dead chicken go on with lives.
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Vanquishing Grecian Warlords – Postcards #39archive.orgy (g)yy
Aeschylus; beat; dave olson; daveo; freeverse; lit; literature; peace; podcast; poetry; remembrance day; respect; spoken word; uncleweed; war; White Poppies; white poppies for remembrance
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.
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Improvising Over Hedges – Postcards #38archive.orgy (g)yy
beat; Bread; dave olson; daveo; freeverse; improvisation; lit; literature; North Van; podcast; poem; poetry; spoken word; uncleweed
Busting out a bit of original (un)sung freeverse with a new mic, amigo Bread toting guitar, a shaker egg and improvisational bits about mortar, leaping over hedges, and being so tired but sometimes so inspired bewildered and in love with something...
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San Francisco Mission Stroll with Jack – Postcard #37archive.orgy (g)yy
beat; blues; Clayton the Seabus Busker; dave olson; daveo; freeverse; Haikus; jack kerouac; lit; literature; on the road; podcast; poetry; san francisco; spoken word; uncleweed
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 and listening to Clayton the Seabus busker sing.
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Kerouac Choruses at Third and Harrison – Postcard #36archive.orgy (g)yy
beat; blues; dave olson; daveo; freeverse; jack kerouac; Joe Williamson; lit; literature; on the road; podcast; poetry; spoken word; uncleweed
In San Francisco on an early morning stroll with 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.
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Sea Rescue Spontaneity from the Woodshop – Postcard #35archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, spoken word, Steamboat Woodshed, uncleweed, Wm. Lenker
With Mr. Lenker of Steamboat Island, 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 "This and That: with guitar improvisation.
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Lanterns for Welsh Miners – Postcard #34archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, Gary Snyder, jack kerouac, lit, literature, North Van, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed
Geographically speaking, the additional observations include bridge commuters, urine puddles, hot dog and motorcycle tire shops, beer-signed parking lots, a VA condo, a flock of tie wearing folk, and apartments with 24 hour concierge service.
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Tea with Chinese Masters – Postcard #33archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, Lu Ji, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed, Unnamed Park
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.
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, Lu Ji, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed, Unnamed Park
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Baudelaire Considers Ships, Youth and Beauty – Postcard #32archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, Charles Baudelaire, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed, Unnamed Park
Continuing from the corner garden in the unnamed park, Dave reads from French symbolist (and hopeless romantic) Charles Baudelaire who continues with Joseph Conrad themes of ships, youth and beauty with a piece called "The Beautiful Ship" before gracefully giving way to a song by The Black Tories.
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Conrad’s Youthful Adventures from an Unnamed Park – Postcard #31archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, Joseph Conrad, lit, literature, Podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed, Unnamed Park
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 Changes Tack."
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Kerouac's San Francisco in Dave's Vancouver – Postcard #30archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, jack kerouac, lit, literature, North Van, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed
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.
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Rilke's Letters at a Breezy Island Market – Postcard #29archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, Out and About, Podcast, poetry, Rainer Rilke, spoken word, uncleweed
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.
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Whitman on the Windy Columbia – Postcard #28archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, on the road, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed, Walt Whitman
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.
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Red-headed Girl in San Francisco from Shelter Cove – Postcard #27archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, Bread, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, Shelter Cove, spoken word, uncleweed
Rather raw, first sampling from the Shelter Crescent session featuring Brad Rees playing electric guitar while I talk and yodel my way around some free-verse – seems to be thinking about waiting for a red-headed girl in San Francisco while drinking.
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Henry Going to Galicia from the Woodshed – Postcard #26archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, spoken word, Steamboat Woodshed, uncleweed, Wm. Lenker
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).
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Curiosity in Rainstorms from the Woodshed – Postcard #25archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, spoken word, Steamboat Woodshed, uncleweed, Wm. Lenker
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, postcards to friends, and going nowhere.
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Belize and Bookshelf Observations at the Woodshed – Postcard #24archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, spoken word, Steamboat Woodshed, uncleweed, Wm. Lenker
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.
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Temporary Lighthouses from the Woodshed – Postcard #23archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, spoken word, Steamboat Woodshed, uncleweed, Wm. Lenker
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.
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Considering Vancouver Cobblestones from the Woodshed – Postcard #22
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beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, spoken word, Steamboat Woodshed, uncleweed, Wm. Lenker
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.
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Cascadia Starlight in a Woodshed Session – Postcard #21archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, spoken word, Steamboat Woodshed, uncleweed, Wm. Lenker
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.
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Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, Kelsye Nelson, lit, literature, Murakami Haruki, North Van, podcast, poetry, Raymond Carver, Shortish stories, spoken word, uncleweed
Out on a nighttime walk, Dave sits in the frosty grass under a tree, by a pond, with a Guiness and reads ‘post-modern’ stories by Murakami Haruki, Raymond Carver, Kelsye Nelson and himself, as well as offering up festivus gift ideas.
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Snowy Nighttime Porch with Raccoons – Postcard #19archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, ee cummings, freeverse, lit, literature, North Van, Phillip Whalen, podcast, poetry, Richard Brautigan, spoken word, uncleweed
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.
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A Wabi-Sabi, Foggy Morning – Postcard #18archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, Larry Harper, lit, literature, Locale, Natsume Soseki, North Van, podcast, poetry, Shortish stories, spoken word, uncleweed
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.”
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Robert Burns on Remembrance Day – Postcard #17archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, John Cairney, lit, literature, North Van, podcast, poetry, Robert Burns, spoken word, uncleweed
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 brougue.
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Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, Ernest Hemingway, freeverse, lit, literature, North Van, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed
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.”
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Ice Skates and Vancouver Writers – Postcard #15archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, Gordon Cavenaile, John Barta, lit, literature, North Van, podcast, poetry, Shortish stories, spoken word, uncleweed
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.
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Streaming Consciousness with Joyce from a North Shore Porch – Postcard #14
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beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, James Joyce, lit, literature, North Van, podcast, poetry, Shortish stories, spoken word, uncleweed
Dave – from a porch in Vancouver’s North Shore – dedicates his favorite part of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” to a friend, plus reads some of his own short story called “About Being Stabbed in the Forehead.
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German Countryside Verse and Rimbaud in Bill’s Steamboat Woodshed – Postcard #13
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Arthur Rimbaud, beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, lit, literature, podcast, poetry, spoken word, Steamboat Woodshed, uncleweed, Wm. Lenker
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Barflys in the backyard reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, Charles Bukowski, Christoph Harbin, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, jack kerouac, lit, literature, olywa, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed
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.
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In Vancouver with Salinger and Disc-golf Hi-jinx – Postcard #11archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, JD Salinger, Joe Wllmson et al, lit, literature, Locale, Out and About, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed
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!
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Kerouac rides west and Dave hitches north – Postcard #10archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, freeverse, jack kerouac, Joe Wllmson et al, lit, literature, Locale, olywa, podcast, poetry, Shortish stories, spoken word, uncleweed
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 an
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Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the Gulf Coast – Postcard #9archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, daveo, Ed Abbey, Françios Camoin, freeverse, Jerry Garcia Band, Levi Peterson, Lewis and Clark, lit, literature, pe ell, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed
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.
beat, dave olson, daveo, Ed Abbey, Françios Camoin, freeverse, Jerry Garcia Band, Levi Peterson, Lewis and Clark, lit, literature, pe ell, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed
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Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey's wisdom and Uncle Weed's story – Postcard #8
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beat, dave olson, daveo, Ed Abbey, freeverse, Lewis and Clark, lit, literature, pe ell, podcast, poetry, spoken word, uncleweed
In Volume 8, DaveO read from Lewis and Clark's journals as they lose horses on Sept 3rd, and Ed Abbey foretells the future in his modern classic, Desert Solitaire while and Uncle Weed continues telling a story about responsible eco-sabotage and desert enjoyment for the kids while in Pe Ell, WA.
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Kerouac in Mexico, Snyder in Japan and Jazz from Banff – Postcard #7archive.orgy (g)yy
Basho; beat; dave olson; daveo; freeverse; Gary Snyder; Issa Kobayashi; jack kerouac; lit; literature; olywa; podcast; poetry; spoken word; uncleweed
In Volume 7, Dave, chilling with sake some smoking jazz tracks, reads from Jack Kerouac's "Lonesome Traveller," "Mexico City Blues" and "American Haiku" plus Gary Snyder from "The Backcountry" and haiku from masters Issa Kobayashi and Basho and his own original haiku and haibun.
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Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6archive.orgy (g)yy
beat, dave olson, Dave Thorvald Olson, daveo, freeverse, Jean Jacques Rousseau, letters from russia, lit, literature, olywa, podcast, poetry, postcards from gravelly beach, spoken word, uncle weed, uncleweed
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.
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Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5archive.orgy (g)yy
postcards from gravelly beach; uncle weed; uncleweed; dave olson; poetry; literature; podcast; spoken word; beat; freeverse; Dave thorvald Olson; edward abbey; ed abbey; desert solitaire; arches; canyonlands; utah
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).
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Russian epics, French poems and Irish beer – Postcard #4archive.orgy (g)yy
postcards from gravelly beach, uncle weed, uncleweed, dave olson, poetry, literature, podcast, spoken word, beat, freeverse, Dave thorvald Olson, tolstoy, war and peace, letters from russia, guiness, french, poetry
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.
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HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3archive.orgy (g)yy
postcards from gravelly beach; uncle weed; uncleweed; dave olson; poetry; literature; podcast; spoken word; beat; freeverse; Dave thorvald Olson; henry david thoreau; walden; civil disobedience; 100 years of solitude; Gabriel Garcia Marquez; 100 years of solitude; Portuguese Snapshots
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.
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Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2
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postcards from gravelly beach; uncle weed; uncleweed; dave olson; poetry; literature; podcast; spoken word; beat; freeverse; Dave thorvald Olson; florida; japan; gary snyder; walt whitman; leaves of grass; short story
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."
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Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1archive.orgy (g)yy
postcards from gravelly beach; uncle weed; uncleweed; dave olson; poetry; brautigan; uncleweed; spoken word
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:
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