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Postcards from Gravelly Beach

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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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Canada

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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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+18016694352


Episodes

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


Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard # 60

7/18/2009
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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 … Continue reading Forests and Oceans Without End – Postcard # 60 →

Duration: 00:15:06


Owl Creek Limnology and Exploration – Postcard # 59

4/4/2009
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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 →

Duration: 00:17:14


Three Days and Eleven Dollars, Nov. 1991 – Postcard #58

3/1/2009
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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 →

Duration: 00:10:19


Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57

2/27/2009
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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. … Continue reading Arizona with Ole Gramps – Postcard #57 →

Duration: 00:09:39


Hitch a Thousand Miles to See a Friend – Postcard #56

2/14/2009
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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.

Duration: 00:29:03


Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54

7/24/2008
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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 (.mp3, 16:35, 15MB) Read … Continue reading Post-apocalyptic Skunks and Fevers – Postcard #54 →

Duration: 00:16:34


Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53

7/21/2008
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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 (.mp3, 17:51, 16MB) Photo by DaveO on … Continue reading Howling at Land and Sea – Postcards #53 →

Duration: 00:17:50


Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52

1/31/2008
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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. Cheers to Bread and Av (aka Delfar 7) … Continue reading Skyscraper Stories about Oceans and Forests – Postcard #52 →

Duration: 00:19:45


Banjo Sea Shanties and Beat Train Rambles – Postcard #51

1/12/2008
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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 →

Duration: 00:28:10


Poetic Ghosts of New Years Past – Postcard #50

1/3/2008
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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 →

Duration: 00:22:24