Some Dare Call It Trashpo by Jim Leftwich (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

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Mail art by Jim Leftwich (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

This is the second part of a posting that documents a large parcel of material received from visual poet Jim Leftwich in the Fall of 2015. Here is a link to Part I:

https://minkranch.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/visual-poetry-by-jim-leftwich-part-i-roanoke-virginia-usa/

This installment focuses on pieces that can reasonably be considered Trashpo. In 2005, Jim Leftwich created a small group of pieces he named “Trashpo.” These inspired a movement in mail art which has gained momentum for the last six years and that has attracted the attention and participation of a wide array of artists and visual poets. Here is a link to one of the original 2005 Trashpo pieces by Jim Leftwich:

https://archive.org/details/2005JimLeftwichTRASHPO

Leftwich has no official role in the Trashpo movement or DKult (an organization whose members are devoted to the creation of Trashpo). He does, occasionally, produce work that is clearly in the spirit of his original Trashpo. The pieces documented here, I believe, exhibit the characteristics of Trashpo and should be of interest to trashpoets and Trashpo fans. Leftwich has done contemporary work that explicitly addresses Trashpo. Some of this work has been documented at MinXus-Lynxus and IUOMA-Ning, including the “Trashemic Essays”:

https://minkranch.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/trash-tropes-trashemic-essays-by-jim-leftwich-roanoke-virginia-usa/

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Mail art by Jim Leftwich (Roanoke, Virginia, USA) from Fall 2015

A large collection of Trashpo-related work by Leftwich can be found here:

Letters

Here are more pieces from the Fall 2015 mailing:

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Many thanks to Jim Leftwich!

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