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Items: Forgotten / poetry cycles, overview + process thoughts

Items: Forgotten, backgrounder etc

Along the way, I produced a series of visual freeverse poetry called “Items: Forgotten in Drawers“ – part pirate treasure map, part meanderings stashed in a non-secret hiding place, part punk rock handbills.

+ Back Story
The poems started in an Ayurvedic clinic the Himalayas, a ship in Arabia, and ruins around Mediterranean, …then attached to vintage hotel letterhead (much acquired from a tiny Greek Monastery store in a heavily Hasidic neighbourhood Montréal neighbourhood), assembled in off-strip Las Vegas, shared in Utah canyons… and now distributed to points unknown. Further batches were assembled on in a camper truck in Olympic Peninsula, Wa, and later Sanur and Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia with scraps printed here and there.

+ Process
Sometimes, i don’t have a printers, other times no Internet, often no typewriter, so i make do with what i have: scissors, glue, paper… items i can pick up a dusty island shops and forgotten stationery stores.

When i write, (usually) starts as scribbles in notebooks and then gets hastily transcribed into a digital form and printed when opportunity strikes for editing – in this case, the editing leaves errors in typing and structure and instead cuts and pastes (like Burroughs to Bowie would do) and then reassembled in various ways.

+ Form
Each substrate (hotel letterhead, aerogramme, envelope) shown is uniquely augmented with stamps – both postal and ink – and other ephemera, carefully selected and then applied as though it wasn’t.

Sometimes, lettraset letters, fuzzy Lomo photos and bits of typewriter come along.

+ Themes
Overall, the pieces explore themes of wandering lost, losing self and others, scraping beneath the crust of culture and myth, remixing identity, connecting the history to the present in all it’s vagaries, and considering what becomes of our story when we vanish… naturally made with affection.

+ Next
What follows (and brings me here) is another series is queuing up – Vol. 6 “Circumnavigation” spanning cultures, geography, form and accruements.

The first dispatch in the series is a remixing of myself (originally written on 3 postcards and mailed to 3 different people) with insomniac observations about Yangtze River and Shanghai’s absurd skyline as seen from a ship.

Post’d: Aerogramme Rec’d from Ends of the Earth, Jan/Feb. 2020

Aerogrammes from South Georgia, postcards from Antarctica… present reality of our postbox in Okayama from an intrepid traveler nephew / distiller

“Secret Agent” dossier Moo friendship cards

New @moo cards. Yes, they are awesome. I’ve done many batches and they seem to get better each time around.

This set is square with rounded corners with a “secret agent typewritten dossier” on rice paper envelope, with paper-clipped photo (from Nepal), and a few inky stamps on one side of the hearty matte finish paper… while the other side features various of my little paintings from not-so-secret locations around the world – each card in set of 100 has a different painting (or subset there of).

Do you wanna Moo? I can help you and you can get around $25 off your first order and/or shipping deals (hint, hint coz i get some kick-back to keep me in cards). They also make postcards, sticker books, letterhead and more more – i’ve ordered loads of their products and always great.

Collage of Pals and Experience by Kris Krug including #DRO420

Collage of Pals and Experience by Kris Krug including #DRO420

My pal KK made a photo /ephemera collage (which he does from time to time) and is a form we both dig. To share with you – and make sure doesn’t get disappeared in some folder somewhere – sharing here for goodness at shares extra artifacts from DRO420, our wedding and his trip around Japan making pals in April 2019.

Chipped out your draft obituary – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Chipped out your draft obituary – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Artifacts: Telegram about brother Bob being born + notes

Telegram announcing brother Bob’s birth some years ago today – sent by Dad (Lorne, which is also Bob’s middle name along with Olaf – our paternal grandfather) to Lucile Stevenson, our maternal great-grandmother living in Elmhurst, Illinois where our maternal grandfather, Robert Louis Stevenson, was born, sent from Eugene, Oregon (USA) where Robert (aka brother Bob) was born. 

Among the information is:

  • weight, 8 lbs 5 ounces
  • Lauralee (our mother) is fine
  • parents are proud (naturally)

Continuing, here is me (right) visiting Bob in about 1983/4 in Logan, UT with aforementioned grandfather RLS’s truck in background at (divorced but still cordial at this time) maternal grandmother Isobel’s house – now occupied by a cousin who received in her will. At the time, Aunt L (and a few cousins) and Uncle M lived there as well. 

Note: along with brother Bob and grandpa Robert, there is an uncle, cousin and brother Bob’s son (my nephew) with the same appellation (possibly others i’ve missed). Derivatives and nicknames ensue to keep all straight. I am the only Dave in the extended clan. 

Name every stray dog – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Name every stray dog – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Distant hill station – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Distant hill station – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Fronds cool the unweary – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Fronds cool the unweary – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Aqueducts. mysteries solved – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Aqueducts. mysteries solved – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

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