It’s poetry that’s “as darkly sweet and satisfying as chocolate and as nourishing and healing as mother’s chicken soup.”

That’s what publisher M.D. Friedman says about “Spiral,” the third poetry collection by local freelance writer and poet Lynda La Rocca.

La Rocca will read from “Spiral” on Friday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Book Mine in Leadville. Joining her for this evening of poetry is Nathrop-based poet Doann Houghton-Alico reading from her collection, “Dancing Fish.” Refreshments will be served.

Friedman, the founder of Liquid Light Press, a one-year-old, Lafayette-based, independent small press that specializes in work by Colorado poets, describes the poems in “Spiral” as “a compelling and melodic discourse.”

La Rocca’s 30-page collection focuses on the unanswerable questions, taking the reader on a journey from darkness to light and chronicling a search for meaning that encompasses snakes and stargazing, chipped teapots and childhood memories, roses and grains of rice, life’s magnificence — and its mystery.

A New York City native who grew up in northern New Jersey and is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgian Court College (now Georgian Court University), Lakewood, N.J., La Rocca began her writing career as a municipal and general-assignment reporter for the Asbury Park (NJ) Press. A freelance writer since moving to Lake County in 1982, her articles have appeared in such publications as The Denver Post, The Pueblo Chieftain, the Chicago Tribune, Delta Sky magazine, Woman’s World and Highlights for Children.

La Rocca’s previous poetry collections are “In the Shortness of My Days” (New Spirit Press, New York, 1993) and “The Stillness Between” (Pudding House Publications, Ohio, 2009); her individual poems have appeared in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Catholic and Children’s Playmate to the Blue Mountain Arts’ anthology “Thoughts of Friendship.”

La Rocca lives in Twin Lakes with her husband, writer and photographer Steve Voynick, who produced the cover photos for Spiral.

For information, contact the Book Mine, 522 Harrison Ave., 486-2866; www.leadvillebookmine.vpweb.com.

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