Category Archives: Postcards fr. Gravelly Beach

spoken word literature from an international smattering of literary stalwarts from the Russians to the Beats – plus some of my original work, usually recorded somewhere lovely with music and a bevvie

Bonus Reading from Postcard #6

Dave O’s original “Letters from Russia” (.pdf).

Rousseau Confesses and more Letters from Russia – Postcard #6

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” (.pdf).

Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #6 (10:00, .mp3)
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lucid blue of your eyes - watercolor pencil by Dave Olson
“lucid blue of your eyes” – watercolor pencil by Dave Olson, Manzanita, Oregon

Uncle Weed and Ed Abbey head to Canyonlands – Postcard #5

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).

Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #5 (11:44, .mp3)
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ascending?

snapshot of DaveO at Arches Nat’l Park, near Moab, Utah, circa 1991

Russian epics, French poems and Irish beer – Postcard #4

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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Countryside by Dave Olson from Letters from Russia
Countryside, watercolour pencil by Dave Olson from “Letters from Russia”

HD Thoreau and GG Marquez Along for the Ride – Postcard #3

In Volume 3, DaveO reads from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience” plus Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “100 Years of Solitude” and his own Portuguese Snapshots.

Listen to Postcards from Gravelly Beach #3 (13:20, .mp3)
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Europa 2005
Snapshot: fishing boats at rest in Salema, Algarve, Portugal

Bonus Reading from Postcard #2

Dave Olson’s original short story, “I Remember Florida” (.pdf)

Remembering Florida, Heading to Japan, Wandering with Walt – Postcard #2

Volume 2 in which DaveO 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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(this curious image was scavenged from the interweb, if someone takes credit, please let me know)

Bonus Reading from Postcard #1

DaveO’s original work “Uncle Weed’s Red Rock Adventure” (.pdf)

Heading Out with Weed and Trout – Postcard #1

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 time. I’ll read a little something of my own – a short story, essay, letters or maybe some free verse and also read something by someone else, likely a literary favorite from over the years – maybe even tying into a theme of some kind – or maybe not, we’ll see what happens. Mostly Postcards from Gravelly Beach podcast is about chillaxing with a beverage, digging the view in front of you, and listening to something new.”

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uncleweed weed
DaveO’s character Uncle Weed as drawn by Brandon G. Kiggins of NYC, circa 1988

Hot Springs and Stubbed Toe – Postcard # 0

A collection of short, haiku-type poems written by DaveO between Tottori, Japan and Olympia, Washington between 1992-2004, called “Hot Springs and Stubbed Toe.”

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Grandma in the hills near Saji Tottori Japan - Obaasan
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Obaasan (Grandma) in the hills near Saji-san, Tottori-ken, Japan