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Poetry on the Patio: Introduction

“We looked upon the present with delight And doubted not the future would be kinder And never knew the loneliness of night.” - from Nothing is Lost by Noel Coward

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About Poetry on the Patio at the University of St. Thomas

Poetry on the Patio is a noon-hour event that has been held each April since 1999 in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Each year, members of the St. Thomas community from all areas  - staff, administrators, students, faculty - are invited to read a poem or two that they love.  This has been a very popular event and provides a chance to share a love of poetry with friends and co-workers, and learn a little more about the people who work alongside us day to day.  

 
As you make your way through the yearly events by choosing the tabs at the top of the page, you'll find a video of the poetry reading for that year and the program listing the readers, poems they read, and authors.   If you were a reader and see that information about your poem is missing, please let us know because we would like this site to be as complete and accurate as possible.*  
 
Thank you for visiting and we hope you will enjoy reliving Poetry on the Patio throughout the years.  
 
Our next event will be held at Noon, as soon as the carillon finishes its song, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017!    
 
(*All but one of the videos of Poetry on the Patio are here; please forgive us for technical difficulties that make it impossible for us to include the video from Poetry on the Patio, 2013.)

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What is special about today?

Visit the Writer's Almanac  hosted by Garrison Keillor and enjoy his daily poetry readings, thoughtful quotes from the famous and not-so-famous, compelling interviews, and much more.

Links to a few great sites for lovers of poetry

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