Reading Matters

Robarchek’s ‘Inventing Sex’ candid, witty

In her poem, “What I Liked,” Charlotte’s Peg Robarchek writes that what she liked was “The promise of a shared secret / in his graying eyes.”

What I guarantee you will like, if you come to Park Road Books on Sunday at 2 p.m., are the other secrets Robarchek shares from her new collection, “Inventing Sex” (Main Street Rag, $14).

No other poet I know writes with such candor and freshness about the relationships between men and women.

In “Losing Those Few Extra Pounds,” she writes about the “needy” variety of men, those men “prickly-hot / against me / even in winter.” Those men she’d like to abandon “in the canned goods / aisle or at the rest stop / across the state line. / When I try, he waits at the next / stoplight for me to fling / open the door, pull him in.”

Robarchek is a long-time editor, who has published novels, non-fiction and a children’s book. “Inventing Sex” is her first poetry collection.

The event is free and open to the public. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte, N.C.