Midsummer Night’s…GIVEAWAY!


Ah the heady days of summer. Well, actually, it’s a bit dreary here in the Pacific Northwest today, but it has been absolutely gorgeous. The days are long up around these parts, and we’ve had an unprecedented run of sunshine and warmth. Berries have been plentiful, we’ve all gorged ourselves silly on local cherries and gotten a bit drunk on summer itself.

This seasonal intoxication fills me with a profound sense of gratitude and desire to reflect on the first half of 2013. Admittedly, this year started out  miserably with illness and the sudden death of some very dear people. But it has also brought me some amazing moments, including the culmination and successful launch of Going Public…in Shorts, which began as an idea for a modest li’l listener giveback and blossomed into a phenomenal collaboration of narrators, bloggers and listeners. The first half also brought with it several rewarding projects that have lingered with me including Is This Tomorrow, by Caroline Leavitt, and Survival Lessons, by Alice Hoffman, as well as the most amazing blueberry pie I have EVER had (hey, pie rates, people).

So what to do with all this reflection and gratitude? And how best to celebrate the release of the full Going Public…in Shorts compilation? Well host a giveaway of course! Oh, and make sure it involves something that feeds the soul and transforms any given moment into something beyond: POETRY!

Here’s the deal:

  • Comment below (or tweet or FB comment) with your favorite poem titles from work in the public domain (prior to 1923).
  • I’ll pick one from all the suggestions and record it for the August 9th Going Public offering
  • Comment by 11:59 p.m. next Wednesday, August 7th.
  • Tune in to Going Public next Friday, August 9th to see if your poem was chosen 🙂
  • Only open to US residents – sorry folks!

And the PRIZE?

Commenter who suggests the poem I pick will receive (drum roll please!):

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So – what are your favorite bits of poetry? Share! Hoping we get a good poetry discussion going and that we all make a few new discoveries…

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14 thoughts on “Midsummer Night’s…GIVEAWAY!

  1. A Song By William Blake it is such pretty “lullaby” of a poem.

  2. The Convergence of the Twain (1915) by Thomas Hardy

  3. How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  4. LeeF

    Oh, my- this was a tough choice! I didn’t realize how many poems I loved until I had to choose one. OK-

    When You Are Old by W.B Yeats

  5. I’ve been struggling to find something unique as the only one I came up with on my own was How Do I Love Thee which of course was mentioned already. I’m just going to have to go with it because I want a chance at your delightful goodies!

  6. Ellen

    The Swing, by Robert Louis Stevenson. Have loved it all my life.

  7. “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson!

  8. Erin, Teresa and Ellen – FABULOUS suggestions, all three 🙂 You’ll just have to tune in tomorrow to see which one I chose…

  9. Thank you all for throwing in your favorite classic poems – love your suggestions! It was tough, but I went with WHEN YOU ARE OLD, by W.B. Yeats…so our winner is…LEE F!

    Hope y’all had fun thinking about poetry that resonates with you 🙂

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