Reading Matters

The lilting lyrics of Diana Pinckney

Charlotte poet Diana Pinckney has one of the most enchanting reading voices I’ve ever heard. She’s from Columbia, S.C., but her overtones and undertones weave magically to create a music all her own. Not exactly Low Country, nor exactly Piedmont. It’s just pure Pinckney. I’d be mesmerized hearing her read the baseball box scores.

On Sunday, at 2 p.m. at Park Road Books, you’ll have a chance to listen to that voice as she reads from her new collection, “The Beast and the Innocent” (Future Cycle Press).

Former poet laureate Joseph Bathanti sums up Pinckney’s work this way: “Each chiseled bit of diction, each arresting image, stops you in Diana Pinckney’s wonderful new collection. These poems are beautifully elegiac, wise, and capacious enough to encircle the world: line breaks sure as Botticelli brushstrokes and a piercing eyes accommodated by a facility for language that is not only consistently elegant but can throw a right cross as well.

Park Road Books is at 4139 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte.

The event is free and open to the public.