In an age where libraries are closing left and right, the social experience of gathering in one and talking about the written word is becoming more valuable all the time. There isn’t a website around that can provide the feeling of being in a room and sensing the electricity of the emotions of all assembled when a person reads aloud a powerful, beautiful poem.
The North Shore Poets group has been around for about four years, and they are dedicated to keeping alive the kinds of storytelling traditions that have been a part of the human experience since time immemorial. On April 15th, the group will assemble at the Two Harbors Library for their latest gathering, a poetry “open house.”
“April is Poetry Month,” says Diane Friebe, the organizer of the North Shore Poets collective, “so we’re doing something special.”
That something special is different from their usual meetings. “We are doing a two-hour poetry reading,” Friebe says. She says that “anybody who has written any poetry, or who wants to listen to it” is invited, as are people who “think they hate poetry and are willing to let us prove them wrong,” she jokes.
“The first hour,” Friebe says, “is original poetry, so you can read your own. The second hour is poetry that you like that anybody wrote. So, anybody who wants to read a poem about anything can get up and read.”
The Poetry Open House will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15th at the Two Harbors Public Library (320 Waterfront Drive), in their meeting room, right off the main entrance. Refreshments will be provided.
More information is available at twoharborschamber.com, or by calling or emailing the Two Harbors Public Library at 218-834-3148 or email@example.com.
“It’s always a lot of fun,” Friebe says, “and the poetry is always interesting. There are a lot of really good original poetry-writers in the area. It’s a good time.”
The public is welcome, so attendees need not be poets themselves to come and enjoy the event. Friebe says that many of the folks who have come to recent NSP meetings have been folks from places as far-flung as Duluth and Proctor, so she advises that non-locals are very welcome.
If you’re in the area and looking for a nice way to spend the evening of April 15th, this free event might be just the ticket.