The road home is home. (Rumi)

Support the Poets!

A major inspiration for mounting, is the same motivation that led to the creation of The Road Home program – in 2002 - at CKUA in Alberta. Namely: celebrating the power of the poem. Yet, I’ve suggested to tread softly when telling friends about The Road: ‘Careful with the ‘p’ word! Maybe don’t even say’ poetry. Just call it ‘spoken word’. And I’m only half joking.

Our introduction to poetry in school is too often a painful experience. But on the Road Home we know that a poem can be - simply beautiful. Inspiring. Entertaining. A meaningful little moment - or a wrecking ball that knocks you into next week. A good poem can open us up: to insight, a little clarity, or at least some very sweet diversion. It’s the perfect art form for the modern attention span.

So - I continue to ask: how is it that mainstream media all-but ignore poetry? A poem comes to life when read aloud. That’s poetry’s ancient tradition. And treated right, poems don’t just ‘work’ on radio, they can rock your world. They can shine in their full power!

Yes. I am a poetry evangelist. And we’re on a mission- one fine poem at a time - to end the notion of poetry as painful. So there is nothing more satisfying than when listeners write to say how they have come to love poetry and buy books of poems because of the Road Home experience.

Fear not the ‘P’ word! And hey - if you hear something you like on The Road Home, check the play list, buy the book, read the poems. Maybe even out loud.

Spread the word that poetry lives large on The Road Home is home! Amen.

Bob Chelmick
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On the first of each month, a completely different set of Road Home programs is launched in a (now) 30-hour cycle. This is a continuous stream - think radio, not jukebox (pick-a-podcast).
Here are this month’s corresponding playlists of the music and poems that make up each program. The numbers correspond with the program numbers. This cycle of programs is updated weekly with new Road Home shows - after they are heard on CKUA, Sunday evenings at 8 the new Roads show up in the cycle on Monday at 7PM Mnt.

These lists are in PDF format.

July ROAD 1464
July ROAD 1463
July ROAD 1438
July ROAD 1437
July ROAD 1412
July ROAD 1411
July ROAD 1384
July ROAD 1383
July ROAD 1357
July ROAD 1356
July ROAD 1355
July ROAD 1354
July ROAD 1353
July ROAD 1306
July ROAD 1305
July ROAD 1304
July ROAD 1303
July ROAD 1104
July ROAD 1102
July ROAD 1101
July ROAD 1100
July ROAD 1099
July ROAD 1098
July ROAD 1097
July ROAD 1096
July ROAD 980
July ROAD 979
July ROAD 978
July ROAD 977
July ROAD 976
July ROAD 975
July ROAD 974
July ROAD 972
July ROAD 971
July ROAD 970
July ROAD 863
July ROAD 862
July ROAD 861
July ROAD 860
July ROAD 859
July ROAD 858
July ROAD 856
July ROAD 855
July ROAD 854