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Eclectic Spoken-word Literature, Poetry and Renegade Discourse Postcards from Gravelly Beach" podcast features readings of literary stalwarts - from Russians to beats - along with smatterings from host Dave Thorvald Olson's original works, backed by an eclectic assortment of music, recorded in splendid locales and usually with a wee bit of inebriation.

Eclectic Spoken-word Literature, Poetry and Renegade Discourse Postcards from Gravelly Beach" podcast features readings of literary stalwarts - from Russians to beats - along with smatterings from host Dave Thorvald Olson's original works, backed by an eclectic assortment of music, recorded in splendid locales and usually with a wee bit of inebriation.
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Eclectic Spoken-word Literature, Poetry and Renegade Discourse Postcards from Gravelly Beach" podcast features readings of literary stalwarts - from Russians to beats - along with smatterings from host Dave Thorvald Olson's original works, backed by an eclectic assortment of music, recorded in splendid locales and usually with a wee bit of inebriation.

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Episodes

A Circumnavigation of Sorts – Postcard #79

7/20/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:18:08

Disappearing for Invigoration – Postcard #78

6/9/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:16:25

Hospital Letters and Flames – Postcard #77

5/27/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:00:52

Forward Momentum to Florida – Postcard #76

5/13/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:38:14

Listening to Sea – Postcard #74

5/6/2018
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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 –...

Duration:00:14:50

Eyes Towards Europe – Postcard #73

4/29/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:37:42

Friendly Dehli Wanders – Postcard #71

2/16/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:24:09

A Return to Nippon – Postcard #70

2/9/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:29:30

Preserving the Wildflower – Postcard #69

2/2/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:14:42

Annapurna’s Holy Donkeys – Postcard #67

1/19/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:08:02

Lonely Cold Water Flat – Postcard #66

1/12/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:14:00

Dad’s Malibu Super Sport – Postcard #65

1/5/2018
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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 →

Duration:00:15:11

Leaping Beyond Cynicism – Postcard #64

12/28/2017
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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 →

Duration:00:15:05

Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63

11/11/2017
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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 →

Duration:00:37:11

Poetic Stories about Goalies – Postcard #62

6/10/2010
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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 →

Duration:00:36:01

A Little Bit Better … if not Perfect – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 9/9

12/31/2009
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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 →

Duration:00:18:25

Field Notes on Bevvies, Birds and Bowls – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 8/9

12/30/2009
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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 →

Duration:00:20:50

Salmon Swimming Free – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 7/9

11/5/2009
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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 →

Duration:00:15:59

Friends of the Sound – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 6/9

10/19/2009
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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 →

Duration:00:26:24

Conservation and Clearcuts – Rainforest Dispatches, chapter 5/9

9/22/2009
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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 →

Duration:00:25:26