The StreetRag Podcast

Spoken, Not Stirred

The StreetRag podcast is broadcast from the corner of a dingy, oil-shocked garage located in Edmonton's South side. It's lo-fi: voice only. WARNING: The StreetRag podcast contains foul language and adult themes.

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Latest Episode: North Station

Episode #13 • March 26, 2008

Pinned between the red and white tablecloths of a forgotten burger baron and the glistening switchblades of Clareview: Belvedere train station.

its stained glass windows pour a teaspoon of beauty
onto the concrete platform and
i’m catching the 708 outta belvedere
the wind rips over the place,
icicles on beards, frost on toques, blush on cheeks

the man with the dirty white hardhat
holds a red cherry fag in his left claw
got a scowl that could drown a thousand apprentice mudjackers
the foreman’s lid gets him $37.50 an hour
but i guess it’s not enough to wipe away
the bourbon cracking his eye sockets or the cutting oil from his bootlaces
puts his smoke out with a size 13 stomp
his sparks fly into the snowy white

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Additional Episodes

Episode Title Listen Comment
#12 The Winter Market 07:59
#11 Third Cafe Sketch 06:50 2
#10 Industrial Park Jam 03:32
#9 The Man In The Can 04:50
#8 The Blue Seats 04:03
#7 Motion Tirade 03:32
#6 Salmon River 06:31
#5 A Bar Whore 06:16
#4 The Walk Up 07:27
#3 Summer, There She Is 03:29
#2 The Bonnie Doon Crew 03:15
#1 StreetRag Episode #1 02:26

Publishing Schedule

The StreetRag podcast is published weekly on Wednesdays save holidays, random events, and unforeseeable circumstances. Satisfaction is not guaranteed, but you should get something out of the broadcast. All episodes are spoken by the author, Michael Gravel. All material is © Michael Gravel. Reproduction or other use is prohibited without written permission from the author.

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StreetRag is an urban weblog and podcast about the city of Edmonton, which is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is authored by Edmonton-based writer, web advocate, and poet Michael Gravel and is updated frequently with written urban vignettes, amateurish photographs, deuteronomous audio material, barely coherent musings and rambling ecumenical treatises. StreetRag is a love letter to a lonely prairie burg struggling with its big city ambitions and small-town feel.

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