Matsuo Basho, The 17th-century Japanese haiku master Basho was born Matsuo Kinsaku near Kyoto, Japan, to a minor samurai and his wife. During his early years Basho studied Chinese poetry and Taoism, and soon began writing haikai no renga, a form of linked verses composed in collaboration. During these early years Basho studied Chinese poetry and Taoism, and soon began writing haikai no renga, a form of linked verses composed in collaboration. His most well-known haibun, Oku no Hosomichi, or Narrow Road to the Interior, recounts the last long walk Basho completed with his disciple Sora—1,200 miles covered over five months beginning in May 1689. While their days were spent walking, in the evenings they often socialized and wrote with students and friends who lived along their route. The route was also planned to include views that had previously been described by other poets; Basho alludes to these earlier poems in his own descriptions, weaving fragments of literary and historical conversation into his solitary journey.
Host: Elijah B Pringle,III express himself in the Visual, Performing and Written Arts. He was a lyric baritone, a composer. A dancer, choreographer and actor before dedicating himself mostly to the written art. His essays and poetry have appeared in numerous local and international poetry journals and anthologies.
Guest: Michael O’Hara is a New Jersey native, author of The Fine Art of Selling Out and The Year with No Holidays, been published in Apiary and won the Philadelphia “Literary Death Match.”
Guest: Mel Bentley sporadically organizes readings, is author of Obstacle, Particle, Spectacle; Stub Wilderness and &parts.
Everyone is invited to be in the audience but to read you must register by email to email@example.com with Matsuo Basho as the subject.
Admission: Free. Doors open at 5:30pm
When: Tuesday, March 1, 6:30pm
Where: PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
A live poetry talk show and cover open mic, broadcast live at 6:30 on the first Tuesday of each month. It is a discussion/presentation on the life and work of the month’s featured (LOVED) poet followed by audience members reading their favorite poem by the featured poet, and one of their own poems.
This series is a co-production of Moonstone Poetry Center and PhillyCAM