MinXus Mail Bag: “Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues” by Mail-Art Martha (Beckenham Kent UK)

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Boekie by Mail-Art Martha (Beckenham Kent UK)

On the current mail-art scene, bolstered by her legendary Trash Trolley, we suspect Mail-Art Martha is primarily known as a trashpoet working with found material. She certainly has distinguished herself by having had a major role in leading DKULTUK to global prominence and has received much recognition for her innovations. But be careful before you D-Klare her just another orthodox, card-carrying DaDaist! As this wonderful, end-of-summer missive illustrates, Mail-Art Martha is not limited to Trashpo in her artistic pursuits. (We believe this is true for many trashpoets who do outstanding work both in and outside the genre.) We are absolutely enthralled by Quick sketches by the sea, a boekie (or TLP or perhaps even zine) that bears not a shred of trash in all its charm.

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Obviously there is much to praise here. We are taken particularly with the color scheme, and one should never overlook Mail-Art Martha’s wit nor her insightful eye.

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This mailing came as a reply to the summer issue of the DKULTNY Trashpo Fanzine, and includes some great ephemera as well:

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The reverse sides:

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We always appreciate Mail-Art Martha’s kind messages. She is very handy with stamps as well:

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Many thanks to Mail-Art Martha for a near-poignant mail-art memoir of the end of summer 2014 that somehow manages to contain threads of a celebration.


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