Poems for Patience XII at University Hospital Galway

23rd April 2015

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust  in association with Cúirt International Festival of Literature and supported by Poetry Ireland warmly invites you to the launch of POEMS FOR PATIENCE XII - An exhibition of poems selected and introduced by Naomi Shihab Nye, on Friday April 24th at 11.00am on the Arts Corridor, University Hospital, Galway. 

Each year, a poet who is appearing at Cúirt International Festival of Literature selects poetry suitable for display in waiting areas of University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital. The poet chooses 22 poems which are then framed and displayed in the Art Corridor, University Hospital, Galway during the festival. An official launch takes place and the poet introduces the poems that they have chosen.

Poems for Patience is a collection of varied thoughtful poems by celebrated Irish and International poets. Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is hopeful that the poetry disseminated throughout the hospitals will give people pause for reflection and space for hope in both those joyful celebratory moments as well as the all too often times of pain or worry. This year Poems for Patience is selected and introduced by internationally renowned Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye.

In conjunction with the Poems for Patience project, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust has held an annual poetry competition since 2013. This year, the winning entry is Liz Quirke’s poem ‘Sculpture’. Quirke will be introduced as the 2015 winner by Kevin Higgins, Writer in Residence at Galway University Hospitals, and will read ‘Sculpture’ at the launch. The poem will be included in the Arts Trust’s Poems for Patience poetry collection.

Finally Phyllis MacNamara, Saolta Board Member and representative of Galway University Hosptials Arts Trust will unveil the Menu of Poems for Poetry Day 2015, titled Flow.  Menu of Poems is a joint initiative by members of Arts and Health Co-ordinators Ireland. Poetry is circulated on meal trays in health settings nationally on Poetry Day.  Poetry Day takes place this year on May 7.  This project is kindly supported by Poetry Ireland. Several hospitals and healthcare settings will be taking part in the initiative including the seven hospitals in Saolta University Healthcare Group.  The project was co-ordinated by Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust.

Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1952. Her father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent, and Nye spent her adolescence in both Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas. Her experience of both cultural differences and different cultures has influenced much of her work. Nye has said that, for her, ‘the primary source of poetry has always been local life, random characters met on the streets, our own ancestry sifting down to us through small essential daily tasks.