VIENNA — An hour of “Poetry and Images” with Carolyn Lock will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Vienna Union Hall. She will read selected poems from her three books. They will be supported by slideshow images.

Locke is a graduate of Bates College and received her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Goddard College. She has taught English, creative writing and humanities classes at Mount View High School in Thorndike for years.

She has received several teacher travel grants, including a three-week Fulbright Memorial Fund trip to Japan, a six-week Fulbright-Hays Seminar in Morocco, two three-week Primary Source trips to China and a four-week Fulbright-Hays Special Projects trip to Japan.

She presented at the Belfast Poetry Festival in 2011 and 2014. She was the selected poet for the 2015 Hugh Ogden Memorial Poetry Evening in Rangeley.

More information on Locke is available at www.carolynlocke.com.

All of her three books are unique presentations.

“The Place We Become” is a poetry collection that invites the reader on a journey of transformation. Using meticulously selected details of places as familiar as Maine and as distant as Morocco or China, these poems integrate the external and internal worlds of experience, tracing the process by which people slip identity and ego and enter into a larger space.

“Always This Falling” is a collection of poems of close observation. Both the commonplace and the exotic take on richer meanings through simple yet evocative words and images. In free verse and occasional stream-of-consciousness style, the poems explore events and emotions as familiar as a kitchen (“French Bread”) and as alien as a hospital room (“Keeping Vigil”). Locke’s unique poetic voice will speak to every reader.

“Not One Thing: Following Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior” invites readers to join the author on a haunting journey to Japan where they will encounter a landscape rich with natural beauty, history, literature, culture and contemporary Japanese people. Weaving photographs, diary entries and poems, it enters the territory of the heart — a place as ordinary as a sprig of lavender and as large as the universe.

A question-and-answer session will follow, and the books will be available for purchase and signing.

Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted.

FMI: 207-293-2148.


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