Spoken word literature featuring counter-culture literary stalwarts from the Russians to the Beats – read by host Dave Thorvald Olson – along with original freeverse poetry, fiction and expository writing, with occasional rambling discourse and conversation, often with eclectic original music, always recorded spontaneously at some splendid locale.
Simon, Stolen, Shame – Postcard #84
A heart-wrenching poem about an abducted boy called Simon – who lived nearby, was my age and sorta looked like me – in Surrey, BC 1982 – by the “Beast of BC” Clifford Robert Olson (NO relation). Recorded and contributed to Dark Poutine Canadian True Crime podcast – shared here for posterity etc. RIP Simon and the … Continue reading Simon, Stolen, Shame – Postcard #84 →
Upon the Varley Trail – Postcard #83
Along his namesake trail on banks of Lynn Creek comes story of Group of 7 bohemian painter Frederick Varley’s 10 wild years in Vancouver teaching and founding art schools, developing new aesthetics and shacking up in an $8 mountain home with mistress. Bring your own brushes: Upon the Varley Trail – Postcard #83 (30MB, 20:50, mp3, … Continue reading Upon the Varley Trail – Postcard #83 →
What Love Might Be… – Postcard #82
Love in (most) all forms – from self to romance to heartbreak – explored through poems including: mis-quote from (probably not) Jack Kerouac, Khalil Gibran advising his son, Mary Oliver reminding to trust, (Angela) Anaïs (Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira) Nin’s recklessness, Leonard Cohen recalling flowers to a shy lover, Katie Buemann picking up a sword – plus … Continue reading What Love Might Be… – Postcard #82 →
Transient Cultural Riffs – Postcard #81
Full of mis-spoken words, forgotten names and other sloppiness comes annotated thoughts (squished through time and space) for shut-ins, drifters and sufferers amidst erstwhile festive melancholy times of disruption and tumult, including poems – read alongside mosquito and rooster sounds – by: Sohaib Ahmed Alan Halsey Charles Bukowski David Smalley Kat Code Dave Olson John … Continue reading Transient Cultural Riffs – Postcard #81 →
Sensei Larry’s Wisdom – Postcard #80
Upon turning 70 years old, Dave’s dear sensei (since a teenage Utah community college stint), Larry Harper (among various monikers) curated 70 items of advice (at request of Annie Dandelion). As such, between licks by Grateful Dead and master potter Marty Kendall, he riffs the list – ranging from practical to mystical to almost comical, … Continue reading Sensei Larry’s Wisdom – Postcard #80 →
A Circumnavigation of Sorts – Postcard #79
Float to Istanbul, Muscat and elsewhere, and check in with Cleopatra, Shakespeare, Francis Drake, Shah of Persia, Adam, Cain, Abel, Lawrence, Ataturk, Czars Nicholas and Alexander, Matt Harding, Russia oligarchs, well-fed stray cats, unidentified shortwave broadcasts, Abraham, Norman, Matt Harding, rowers, drummers, a blonde dog and you and me… finding the edges of the globe. … Continue reading A Circumnavigation of Sorts – Postcard #79 →
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In Postcards, Mr. Olsen shares his stream-of-consciousness mindset, bridging gaps between hockey and music, between present rapports and sacred histories of a far-flung nations, and betwixt cathartic loss and the joy of glimpsing hope in ravines both figurative and real.
With each cast of the pod, Dave shares travel experiences, poetry, wit, pithy observations on nature, relationships, generational interactions, and basic good-times how-to no matter where you find yourself.
It's joy in a small space, hope from a good man with a world view, music for your heart; you won't help but hit subscribe and binge listen after you try just one wafer-thin episode of Postcards from Gravelly Beach. I've been eagerly waiting for Dave's return since his last installment, and I hope his next will be the beginning of a new run of brilliant narratives and aural delight.
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Dave O has an extraordinary ability to put together an eclectic mix of literary goodness. Thinking and feeling. Logic and lust. Sober and... well... decidedly not. I've been a long time subscriber and have yet to be disappointed with a single episode. Addictive, mellow and satisfying.
For those of you who love to travel and enjoy the company of good literature, Postcards from Gravelly Beach is an essential companion. On many an occasion, because of work, I find myself alone in a new city exploring the sights and sounds. Like a good travel companion, Dave has been with me on many a long walk with just the right thing to say. A sliver of appropriate introspection here, a recital of inspiring poetry there, his selections always hit the mark and leave the indelible impressions of other travels on my mind. I have to admit I have stumbled upon a few bummers, but to hear him read To You with the winds of the Columbia behind him, I can’t wait to find him on a gravely beach one day and thank him.