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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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English

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Episodes

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

Thunder in the Crash Years – Postcard #75

5/11/2018
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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 Thunder in the Crash Years – Postcard #75 →

Duration:00:47:26

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, and intentional disappearance. Features music: “Dream World” by Matt Harding from NYOSSS (New York, Orem, San Sebastian, & Shanghai), plus various shortwave broadcasts of unknown origin, sound samples … Continue reading Listening to Sea – Postcard #74 →

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

(Poetic Farewell to) Ole Dead Gramps – Postcard #72

4/15/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:00:26

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

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

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