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. 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.

April Road 1482
April Road 1481
April Road 1458
April Road 1457
April Road 1432
April Road 1431
April Road 1405
April Road 1404
April Road 1403
April Road 1378
April Road 1377
April Road 1376
April Road 1343
April Road 1342
April Road 1341
April Road 1340
April Road 1195
April Road 1194
April Road 1193
April Road 1192
April Road 1191
April Road 1190
April Road 1189
April Road 1188
April Road 1187
April Road 1073
April Road 1072
April Road 1071
April Road 1070
April Road 1069
April Road 1068
April Road 1067
April Road 1066
April Road 1065
April Road 950
April Road 949
April Road 948
April Road 947
April Road 946
April Road 945
April Road 944
April Road 829
April Road 828
April Road 827
April Road 826
April Road 825
April Road 824
April Road 823