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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Each month, a new cycle of 27 hours of Road Home programs is mounted in a continuous stream, not as podcasts - think radio, not jukebox.
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 set 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. At the beginning of each month all the programs and playlists are replaced with a new set.

These lists are in PDF format.

August ROAD 866
August ROAD 867
August ROAD 868
August ROAD 869
August ROAD 870
August ROAD 871
August ROAD 981
August ROAD 982
August ROAD 983
August ROAD 984
August ROAD 985
August ROAD 986
August ROAD 987
August ROAD 988
August ROAD 989
August ROAD 990
August ROAD 991
August ROAD 992
August ROAD 1105
August ROAD 1106
August ROAD 1107
August ROAD 1108
August ROAD 1109
August ROAD 1110
August ROAD 1111
August ROAD 1112
August ROAD 1113
August ROAD 1114
August ROAD 1307
August ROAD 1308
August ROAD 1309
August ROAD 1310
August ROAD 1311
August ROAD 1358
August ROAD 1359
August ROAD 1360
August ROAD 1361
August ROAD 1385
August ROAD 1386
August ROAD 1413
August ROAD 1414
August ROAD 1439