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: 175
Latest Activity: on Thursday

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 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.

Comment by DKULT on September 3, 2011 at 10:15pm
Thank Goddess for you Erni-you are a virtual warehouse of info on all things art:)
Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on September 3, 2011 at 10:00pm

Well isn't he the trickster! (I didn't come up with that garbage term, it's Theresa's, from her literary knowledge.) Thank you for this IUOMA history; once one is here to stay, it really is helpful. DeVillo was very helpful in giving me a picture of the asemics conflict that apparently happened shortly before I stopped in and started living here, haha.

Trashpo works as a term. A few weeks spent googling all these terms and their abbreviations, during sleepless nights, would make those nights worthwhile. Thanks, Diane! And that is an amazing art installation.

Erni, 4000 pix! I had a collage series going called "Urban Evolution," which has been seriously interrupted by mail-art. Are your 4000 online?

Comment by DKULT on September 3, 2011 at 9:46pm

I don't know who originally came up with the name trash poetry, but I think DeVillo abbreviated it to trashpo, but then i don't really know. The whole sandpo thing was a complete fiasco. DeVillo came up with a fictitious quote from me basically calling Cheryl Penn a social parasite.   I barely knew Cheryl at the time-she must have hated me until he confessed HE wrote it and it was complete garbage.

I though this art installation was cool with the silhouette

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on September 3, 2011 at 9:29pm
Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on September 3, 2011 at 9:19pm
OMG, the Merzbarn is an architectural installation by Schwitters?!? It is SO beautiful. I'm glad you posted it, Erni. I was envious, thinking he worked there, but of course then he did, for a while, working on it, not in it.
Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on September 3, 2011 at 9:13pm

Love the cardboard poetry ~ and have collected quite a few pieces, especially from old cardboard advertising packaging ~ yet never actually realized I love cardboard until you said it.

Question: Which D came up with the term trashpo, or was it someone else?

Comment by Xtina Solano on September 3, 2011 at 8:09pm
i use packaging of all sorts for my mail art- here is something i painted and sent to malaysia for a mail swap last spring. i uploaded a new album on my page showing some things that i took photos of before mailing. i lurve cardboard!!!
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 3, 2011 at 7:26pm

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