Author/travel talk at Rockland library

Feb 20, 2014
Photo by: Carolyn Locke Carolyn Locke’s book about her travels to Japan includes a portrait of the entrance to the Dewa Sanzan.

Rockland — Author Carolyn Locke will give a slide show and reading from her new book “Not One Thing: Following Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior” Thursday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in the lower-level Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Locke will read selected passages from the book with an accompanying slide show of cultural and historical sites in Japan.

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. 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.

A longtime teacher at Mount View High School in Thorndike, 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, “Always This Falling” (2010), through Maine Authors Publishing.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

This is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48-hours notice by calling 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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