Author Carolyn Locke will give an illustrated talk on Matsuo Basho, the subject of her new book “Not One Thing: Following Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior,” Tuesday, July 16, at 4 p.m. at Camden Public Library. 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. Locke will read selected passages from the book with an accompanying slide show of cultural and historical sites in Japan.

A longtime teacher at Mount View High School, 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. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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