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.

October ROAD 1470
October ROAD 1469
October ROAD 1445
October ROAD1444
October ROAD 1419
October ROAD 1418
October ROAD 1391
October ROAD 1390
October ROAD 1389
October ROAD 1365
October ROAD 1364
October ROAD 1318
October ROAD 1317
October ROAD 1316
October ROAD 1315
October ROAD 1132
October ROAD 1131
October ROAD 1130
October ROAD 1129
October ROAD 1128
October ROAD 1127
October ROAD 1007
October ROAD 1006
October ROAD 1005
October ROAD 1004
October ROAD 1003
October ROAD 890
October ROAD 889
October ROAD 888
October ROAD 887
October ROAD 886
October ROAD 885
October ROAD 884
October ROAD 883
October ROAD 758
October ROAD 757
October ROAD 756
October ROAD 755
October ROAD 754
October ROAD 753
October ROAD 752
October ROAD 751