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

Short Fiction, Coincidentally about Drinking – Postcard #20

Out on a nighttime walk, Dave sits in the frosty grass under a tree, by a pond, with a Guinness 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 #19

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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 #18

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 #17

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 brogue.

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Rainy Day with Letters and Tolling Bells – Postcard #16

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 #15

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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Dave – from a porch in Vancouver’s North Shore – dedicates his favourite 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

Dave starts the reading on a pier at Capitol lake and continues days later at Bill Lenker’s woodshed on Steamboat Island where he reads original free verse written in German countryside as well as works by French poet, Arthur Rimbaud.

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Barflys in the Backyard Reading Bukowski and Kerouac – Postcard #12

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 #11

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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