Carolyn Locke, longtime teacher at Mt. View High School, will give a slide show and read from her book “Not One Thing: Following Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior” Friday, June 13, at Liberty Library, 59 Main St./Route 173.

A combination of prose, haiku and photography, Locke’s book explores her travels around the island of Honshu with 15 other teachers from around the United States as part of a Fulbright-Hays Special Project to Japan. Her books will be for sale, and refreshments will be served.

Considered by many to be Japan’s greatest haiku poet, Basho dressed as a humble monk and traveled on foot, visiting many important historical, religious and literary sites. The group studied Basho’s famous haibun “Narrow Road to the Interior,” as well as other literary and historical works, as they followed Basho’s 1689 pilgrimage route.

Locke is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. Her work has twice been recognized in the MWPA Poetry Competition and was featured in Poet Laureate Wes McNair’s “Take Heart” project. She has previously published a collection of poems, 2010’s “Always This Falling,” through Maine Authors Publishing.

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