How To Do A Perfect Trashpo Mailing by Jim Leftwich (Roanoke, Virginia, USA) & John M. Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

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Mail-art by Jim Leftwich (Roanoke, Virginia, USA) & collabs with John M. Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

First, there is no right or wrong way to mail Trashpo; the choices rest squarely with the trashpoet. We did receive this incredible mailing from Jesus Jim that we think constitutes a perfect, or near perfect, presentation of Trashpo (one possibility for). In addition to the FAB work, there are many great mailing ideas we would like to share with trashpoets and kulters. As you can see, Trashpo is promoted loudly on the outer envelope (above). As the Trashpo Lexicon says: “Trashpo is the opposite of subtle.”

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Jim Leftwich assembled the mailing, and it contains a huge amount of material, which sends the message trashpoets are generous; and in most situations, trash is a free and renewable resource. The mailing also includes an incredibly generous sampling of vispo collabs by Jim Leftwich and John M. Bennett in the form of TLPs (Tacky Little Pamphlets). This shows that Trashpo is collaborative, and these are wonderful collabs!

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These excellent vispo TLPs work thematically as well because Trashpo, after all, is a form of visual poetry even though text might not necessarily be present. The next piece seems to be trash altered into a TLP by Jim Leftwich. Trashpo – probably due to the DKult influence – sometimes takes on a religious dimension:

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Included in the mailing was a shopping list. The found shopping list – John M. Bennett is often cited as the first to use it in a Trashpo mailing – is one of the most enduring Trashpo poetic forms. You can never go wrong throwing a shopping list in the envelope:

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Many Trashpo mailings include unaltered trash the sender has chosen to share with the recipient. These might be saved by the recipient as art objects or talismans (DKulters especially collect sacred Trashpo objects) or they may be used in a collaborative piece. The use of the trash is left to the receiver, unless instructions are included. Jim Leftwich included a great deal of trash in this mailing:

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Notice the prominence of textual elements in these selections. More FAB Bennett collabs:

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Next is a spontaneous scannerbed composition using trash sent by Jim Leftwich:

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Another amazing Leftwich-Bennett TLP collab:

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We conclude with this fave:

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And this is not everything that was included! We hope you enjoy seeing the work; and if you are a trashpoet, maybe you’ve gotten some mailing ideas!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kdj5
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 05:31:10

    This is a beauty, DVS. Great stuff; great exposition.

    Reply

  2. kdj5
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 05:32:05

    And that “Wal Mark” shopping list breaks my heart. Classic.

    Reply

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