All Things Trashpo


All Things Trashpo

This is a place to explore all things trashpo (Trash Poetry)and found objects.  Trashpo is 1) economical 2) environmentally responsible and 3) challenging. It's a great way to repurpose all the trash that our planet is buried in!

Location: the dumpster, junkyard, waste basket, landfill
Members: 174
Latest Activity: Sep 25

Quote from DKult Member Meeah Williams

"If trashpo has taught me anything its that every windblown street corner and cyclone fence is a veritable Dick Blick of free art materials."

Discussion Forum

About Junk Drawers

Started by Dan Mouer. Last reply by Francis Lammé Sep 25. 43 Replies

Not that kind of junk and not thse kinds of drawers... Hey, we all have them. I have several. They are veritable trasher troves of useless and useful-but-forgotten stuff. Papers, letters from lost lovers, dried up fountain pens, church attendance…Continue

DKULT KookbooK.

Started by DKULT. Last reply by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) Dec 18, 2019. 28 Replies

Please post your recipes for inclusion in the first and last ever Dkult KookBook!! This has been a long time coming since the pre_Dkult days of DKatering. We have certainly come a long way!here is the cover!!!…Continue

Tags: cookbook, dkult

Official Trashpo Handbook & DKult Directory

Started by De Villo Sloan. Last reply by De Villo Sloan Jul 23, 2018. 12 Replies

OFFICIAL TRASHPO HANDBOOK & DKULT DIRECTORY(This document is always under construction. Your comments and contributions are welcome! Just leave a message/pics in the comment stream, and I will update.)Aesthetic Trashbook - (see Trashbook) Angie…Continue

The TrashPo Litzer Prize - Landfill of Fame

Started by De Villo Sloan. Last reply by De Villo Sloan Jun 3, 2016. 432 Replies

Mail-artists are making astonishing breakthroughs in Trashpo, and they are recognized through the TrashPo Litzer Prize. Nominations for the…Continue


Started by DKULT. Last reply by Nancy Bell Scott May 26, 2015. 2 Replies

ongoing collaborative art project please leave your comments all suggestions virtual and in person will be placed in the suggestion box for a later showing…Continue

trash-po trans-po tation

Started by Lucky Pierre. Last reply by DKULT Jul 11, 2014. 4 Replies

somewhere in LA in an underground garage...

Restroom News

Started by Holly Cooper. Last reply by DKULT Apr 25, 2014. 66 Replies

Ya'll I haven't done any mail art lately as I just can seem to find the creativity for it. I've been in a long derth. But I do collect some odd bits of paper that I enjoy. I am an educational consultant and visit schools. Here's a great news sheet I…Continue

What the hell is DKult?

Started by DKULT. Last reply by De Villo Sloan Jan 18, 2013. 28 Replies

DKult was originated by DeVillo Sloan-- a Kult comprised of my 'fans' ---DKulters. He was the only one at the time and possibly even now.   But It has evolved into a friendly neighborhood Kult devoted to the worship of trash and  the creation of…Continue

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Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on September 3, 2011 at 11:41pm
The naming of the phenomenon is by far *not* my biggest interest in it, though I was curious, and thank you, and realize that along with the name came a number of works. The original number is likely quite small, considering how prolific Diane is--just a mostly uneducated guess--but whatever. The main thing I know for sure is that Diane is a pioneer, she has vision far beyond most people as to what is artistic about, and what can be done artistically with, the fragments, the detritus, the overlooked, the crooked edges of our throw-away society. She sees the universal in the minutest of the individual and makes its beauty obvious when before it was practically invisible to most. Diane, you are a treasure, and a big and meaningful addition to my art life and the other life I sometimes have too. (Where are the cats, anyway? They're in the house but I haven't seen them for two days.)
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 3, 2011 at 11:27pm

Yes, it is double rainbows, DK. That's because we have Trashpo to make a better world. Even just a year ago, Trashpo was virtually unknown in ma.


When I first started receiving your work, I had never seen anything like it. I tried to find words to describe it. The only thing that came close was that original Trashpo series Jim Leftwich did, which I also thought people had overlooked.


So now, kids come to IUOMA and find Trashpo. They can't imagine a world without Trashpo. It wasn't always like that. So I think you deserve a lot credit DK.


Comment by DKULT on September 3, 2011 at 11:11pm
it's all double rainbows:)
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 3, 2011 at 11:06pm
It's OK - Cheryl was and remains part of Sandpo. She accepted the apology. I had to make it or she wouldn't have been involved in Asemics 16. So it's a happy ending.
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 3, 2011 at 11:04pm

DK, that was a terrible time for Sandpo. It was a dictatorship that you reformed, and I think the work goes on by many of the original members, Katerina especially.


Yes, and I want to be clear Jim Leftwich named his pieces Trashpo, so he gets the credit for starting it, although you have moved it ahead far beyond its humble beginnings. Trashpo is definitely a real thing. It has roots in found art, but it's more than found art. It definitely is poetic, but as we're seeing, as litter-ature rather than literature. I guess it's always good to run through the history from time to time.

Comment by DKULT on September 3, 2011 at 11:00pm
I meant made HER more suspicious, not HE. I think I will just carefully step away now. I don't think I can win this one. Now it appears I'm masculinizing her....
Comment by DKULT on September 3, 2011 at 10:58pm

I know, right? What kind of trashpo artist am I that doesn't know all the history. Thankfully we have you and Erni to impart your vast amounts of wisdom that usually invovle heavy amounts of Googling. It's great.

Did Cheryl ever accept your public apology?

I think your denial only made he rmore suspicious. The no expulsion rule had to be passed once Sandpo moved into its kinder more gentler phase. Has Sandpo gotten washed away by the tide? But my heart belongs to trashpo. plain and simple

Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 3, 2011 at 10:32pm
Almost forgot biopo (biological poetry) and synthbipo (synethetic biological poetry).
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 3, 2011 at 10:30pm

My guess would be that Jim Leftwich (not Leftwish) originally used the term Trashpo because L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poet Ron Silliman was trying to creating shorter words for various current avant movements so they would be easier to talk about and write about. To the best of my knowledge, Silliman invented terms that are in common use now: pomo (postmodernism), vispo (visual poetry), avantpo (avant garde poetry), Langpo (Language poetry) and others.


Since these terms hit mail-art, there has been an explosion of new terms such as Sandpo (sand poetry), fluxpo (Fluxus poetry) and so on...

Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 3, 2011 at 10:23pm

DK! How can you not know the origin of Trashpo!


Trashpo was invented by visual poet Jim Leftwich (Virginia, USA) circa 2005. Leftwich made the original trashpo pieces. A link to them can be found in "The Great Trashpo Summit" thread in the Asemic Writing Group. I'm always REALLY concerned that Jim Leftwish receive credit, although he has never commented on the new wave of Trashpo. He is an IUOMA member.


DK, as a member of the Sandpo Movement I take total exception to your version of Cheryl Penn's expulsion from Sandpo. I do give you credit for outlawing expulsions. You were never implicated in my attempted expulsion of Cheryl, except that she believed you were involved. I made a public statement of apology and denied your involvement in the incident.


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