The road home is home. (Rumi)

Support the Poets!

A major inspiration for mounting roadhome.fm, 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 roadhome.fm. The Road Home is home! Amen.

Bob Chelmick
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PLAYLISTS

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.

February Road 798
February Road 924
February Road 925
February Road 926
February Road 927
February Road 928
February Road 929
February Road 930
February Road 931
February Road 932
February Road 933
February Road 934
February Road 1044
February Road 1045
February Road 1046
February Road 1047
February Road 1048
February Road 1049
February Road 1050
February Road 1051
February Road 1052
February Road 1053
February Road 1054
February Road 1164
February Road 1165
February Road 1166
February Road 1167
February Road 1168
February Road 1169
February Road 1170
February Road 1171
February Road 1172
February Road 1173
February Road 1332
February Road 1333
February Road 1334
February Road 1335
February Road 1372
February Road 1373
February Road 1399
February Road 1400