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Postal Club Invitation

are you in the DaveO postal club?

You know i love writing postcards – all of which get mailed but only a random subset reach destination… I do struggle with keeping track of addresses, hidden in messages of all sorts: scraps of paper; biz cards; messenger; twitter dms; imessage; sms; email; random text files; notepad… you get the idea.

As such, i’ve crafted a wee form to reign the chaos in a bit. Consider filling out even if i already have your address (somewhere).

Please note: enter your address EXACTLY and as COMPLETELY as possible. Copy and pasteable, ya dig? No short-cuts, shortcodes, just Zip codes, abbreviations, and add your dang country(!) and so on.

http://daveostory.com/more-daveo/postal-club/

Still Life: writing letters at Sun Clinic

A sunny patch of grass, all necessary tools, everything is possible

Came across this photo, I suppose there’s a chance it’s elsewhere in this archive but its significant memory for me… ergo:

When we were pregnant, went to the lovely “and clinic” for our usual check-in but, in those early heady days of the “notable public health conundrum virus” this was the first time I was not allowed in to participate due to uncertainty and concern.

Certainly crestfallen so, as I do when feeling blue, I grabbed my postal kit and wrote a postcard or a letter, possibly to you.

These sorts of photos with pens, papers, address book, inky and postal stamps, aerograms, ephemera, postcards etc, all sort of spread around on a table, desk, blanket (or just the flap of a leather satchel purchased in Nepal), I called “postal still life” and yes, I have dozens of examples, 100s possibly.

Post’d: tiny exhibit, on a string in Shelter Cove (& a stainless steel fridge)

daveo on the rocks

Dear friends in Coquitlam, British Columbia are amassing *quite a collection* of my/our dispatches over the recent months and years.

{In fact, assuming they’ve kept everything I’ve sent over the years, likely in the top three of all my accidental repositories.}

This string just holds a sampler, but what a sampler it is! In my spin spin spin brain, sometimes I forget these things made and sent out into the world. Thanks for reminder.

Oh bonus! I’ve made it to another refrigerator. You can keep your fancy galleries, I’ll take the shoeboxes, scrapbooks and fridge magnets :-)

postcard goes well with stainless steel

Bonus: Mail art dossier to (New) Westminster

Came across snapshots of poetry & art items mailed to a friend several years back, made a collage to enjoy the interaction again:

to which K replied, “I still have the flowers on my fridge”

Post’d: lovely correspondence with @Hez (involving Japanese characters, famous dogs, & wonderful paper / stamps)

At first blush, it seems to be extraneous to embed Twitter messages into this creative life archive (i’d best not make a habit of it) but my goodness!, this lovely documentation of correspondence with a real life friend in far away Vancouver stuck with me since our exchange of dossiers over the last couple of years.

I just didn’t want the artifacts to be lost into the endless vortex of ephemeral short form messaging so, at the risk of being redundant and forever incomplete, here is evidence – both written and photographic – of an exchange between a.k.a. @Hez and me (and my family).

Highlights include: her fine Japanese writing, and all kinds of papery treats (a mobile which was used on our festive tree), there are other “parts” to his but for now, here we go (note: I did my best to reciprocate by including some cute dog stamps to amuse her).

Continue reading Post’d: lovely correspondence with @Hez (involving Japanese characters, famous dogs, & wonderful paper / stamps)

Scrapbook Session – Poetic Tonics (poems, letters, cards, beat ephemera)

Just adding beat related ephemera to binders, poems to scrapbooks, cards and letters too, sometimes to one scrapbook, sometimes to another, depending on the form and function, music plays in the background – a compilation for Jack Kerouac – all in a historic kura storehouse barn in provincial Japan.

No commentary, no chit chat, just ya know,… hanging out playing with scissors, glue, tape and whatnot.

Thanks Matt T. and Dan B.

Post’d: Aerogrammes (and postcards of payphones and postboxes)

Mailed aerogrammes (& postcards with payphones & postboxes) / nothing surprising.

Also a few envelopes with various cards and treats for a postcard exhibitors in NC, a Brautigan postcard artist in AZ, a young generational poet in UT, a renegade pal in ATX, and a quality slinger in KY… also Gifu and OR.

bang bang clank clunk spin spin

Typed em up on Olivetti Lettera 34 (Japan specific model with ¥ key) between my dodgy technique and a bit of a hiccup in the typer, come out a bit rough but few funner activities than rocking the keys while rocking records and knowing in a few days/weeks/months, will arrive into someones’ door.

Amongst a few quirks / things I can’t quite figure out are: I run through a whole ribbon going down one page and have to re-spin the spool. Must be something I’m missing to “slow that down”. (You’ll notice the inky fingerprints on the case from doing this over and over again)

Previously: Scored a 10 pack of Japanese aerogrammes / The post office was quite surprised at my request, took some digging around, they opened up the packet of 10 and counted out to me, just to prove were really 10 inside. Felt almost clandestine.

Not my photo, credit unclear

PS Japanese is: 航空書簡 Kōkūshokan evoke a nostalgic feeling as these aerogrammes were my “go-to” communique for years, the design hasn’t changed in 20+ years! Unsurprisingly i suppose, i have a collection of aerogrammes from various countries i often remix into poetic substrates (see “Items: Forgotten” series).

Scrapbook Session – Beat Generation Binder (with hep tunes)

Ambient hang out and putting artifacts and items from the Kerouac “On the Road” exhibit in 2021 at Kobe, Japan – along with a dossier of items from Lowell, Massachusetts – into a plain white binder with sheet covers, while listening to a collection of hep songs assembled for Jack Kerouac’s hundredth birthday by Bear Family records while in “Giggling Piglet Studios” in a historic kura storehouse barn in provincial Japan. No commentary, chitchat  – just hanging out. 

Thanks Matt T and Dan B.

Post: arrivals from Gifu, Woodstock, Rancho Palmas + Galiano time travelers

Stopped by Mac’s goat farm yesterday and always happy to see my painting that somehow has “come true” with postcards and letters arriving regularly, with or without eating a peach

Post’d: first batch in a while…

Kind of weird but this is my first batch of letters and postcards to go out this year… (aside from a few life administration items)

Now that I’ve reclaimed my “amateur status” just hoping to spread goodwill and thanks to folks who shared special kindness with me over these last couple months. Each one made with affection, intention and decoration (& bevvie).

Items: arrived by post (regarding poets and ramblers)

Three items arrived by post:

a card and dossier of treats from a rambler in Salish Sea (w/ lovely inky pen writing; Richard Brautigan collage poem from a mysterious source as a tribute for the poets birthday; &, Jack Kerouac 100th birthday tribute double CD from Bear Family Records in Germany.