The towering concrete grain silos that line the Buffalo River are ill-suited for most endeavors other than storing grain.
One notable exception, as the organizers of Just Buffalo Literary Center's Silo City Reading Series are well aware, is as a venue for poetry. The reverberations of a voice against the sides of the silos add several pounds to each spoken word, just as the walls of ancient cathedrals give gravity to the sermons of preachers.
The next words to get the Silo City treatment will come from Brooklyn-based poet Morgan Parker, who will read from her new book, "There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé." Parker, who was recently profiled by New Yorker writer Amanda Petrusich, fuses pop culture and political references with personal reflections about her experiences as a young woman.
The evening also will feature a performance from jazz singer Zoe Scruggs, a reading from Peach Mag editor Rachelle Toarmino and an art installation by Zack Boehler.
Silo City Reading Series: 7 p.m. July 22 at Silo City, 100 Silo City Row. Admission is free. Call 832-5400 or visit justbuffalo.org.