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A house made of words

When you hear that your local library is scheduled to host a group called The Mood Swings, there are several ideas that might run through your head. Pregnancy might be one of them, but we were thinking of a different p-word: poetry.

"Poetry in Sacred Spaces: House Made of Words" is a poetry reading featuring the Duluth poet-laureate Deb Cooper and two friends, Lynn Brascala and Jody Anderson. The three ladies enjoy practicing poetry and music together.

"The Mood Swings are Lynn Brascala, who does live in Two Harbors and plays the guitar, and Jody Anderson, who plays the fiddle. When we work together, we alternate poetry/music/poetry/music," Cooper said. Cooper is currently working on a series of events titled "Poetry in Sacred Spaces" and has published five small books of poetry. She has hosted events at Temple Israel and at the American Indian Community Housing Center in Duluth.

Micky McGilligan, treasurer of the Friends of the Two Harbors Library and a member of the North Shore Poets, helped in organizing the event.

"Deb Cooper is a wonderful poet who I have known and admired for over 30 years. She is a spiritual counselor as well as a poet, and much of her poetry reflects that," said McGilligan, who has been writing and publishing for over 40 years.

The Two Harbors Public Library hosts monthly events regarding poetry, which include open readings, workshops and featured readers. These events are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, who often volunteer time to shelve books, raise money for projects and put on book sales.

"Poetry in Sacred Spaces: House Made of Words" will be taking place on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. The event is expected to last around an hour and a half.