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The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem
By Frederick Glaysher
"A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature." —Hans Ruprecht, Carleton University, Canada, author on Goethe, Borges, etc.
"A remarkable poem by a uniquely inspired poet, taking us out of time into a new and unspoken consciousness..." —Kevin McGrath, Lowell House, South Asian Studies, Harvard University, author on the Mahabharata
"Mr. Glaysher has written an epic poem of major importance." —ML Liebler, Poet, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
"And a fine major work it is." —Arthur McMaster, Department of English, Converse College, South Carolina, in Poets' Quarterly
"Don't be intimidated by an epic poem. It's really coming back to that image of the storyteller sitting around the campfires of the world, dipping into and weaving the story of humanity, in the most beautiful, mellifluous language." —New Consciousness Review Radio, Portland, Oregon
The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. Thirty years in the making, The Parliament of Poets takes place partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, an epic tale or chant, a Journey toward healing the planet...
In a world of Quantum science, Apollo, the Greek god of poetry, calls all the poets of the nations, ancient and modern, East and West, to assemble on the moon to consult on the meaning of modernity. The Parliament of Poets sends the Persona, the Poet of the Moon, on a Journey to the seven continents to learn from all of the spiritual and wisdom traditions of humankind. On Earth and on the moon, the poets teach a new global, universal vision of life.
One of the major themes is the power of women and the female spirit across cultures. Another is the nature of science and religion, including Quantum Physics, as well as the “two cultures,” science and the humanities.
"A profound spiritual message for humanity." —Alan Jacobs, Poet Writer Author, London, UK
The Myth of the Enlightenment: Essays. Fourteen years in the making, The Myth of the Enlightenment is Frederick Glaysher’s first collection of literary essays since The Grove of the Eumenides in 2007. Divided into three sections, these essays and reviews were all written during the 21st Century, with many of them central to his evolving intellectual and spiritual struggle to write his epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, which he completed and published in late 2012.
These essays open up Glaysher’s own biography and his life-long interest in the writings of Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore, John Milton, Saul Bellow, Robert Hayden, and other poets and writers, offering a fresh, new vision for literature and culture...
"I'm glad it exists and I'm grateful for the wisdom it sends my way." —Laurence Goldstein, Department of English, University of Michigan
“In an era in which the value of human life has become as precarious and narrow as the study of the humanities itself, we need Glaysher’s voice more than ever.” —Phillip M. Richards, Department of English, Colgate University
The Grove of the Eumenides: Essays on Literature, Criticism, and Culture. Twenty years in the making, in The Grove of the Eumenides, Frederick Glaysher invokes a global vision beyond the prevailing postmodern conceptions of life and literature that have become firmly entrenched in contemporary world culture.
East and West meet in a new synthesis of a global vision of humankind ranging over classic literature, ancient and modern, both Western and non-Western, from the dilemmas of modernity in Yeats, Eliot, Milosz, Bellow, Dostoevsky, to Lu Xun, Ryuichi Tamura, Kenzaburo Oe, Naguib Mahfouz, R. K. Narayan, among others, from mimesis and deconstruction to the United Nations, with extensive essays on Chinese, Japanese, and South-Asian literature.
From New Preface (April 4, 2015): "All the essays in The Grove of the Eumenides were written after 1982 when I wrote my first draft of a plot outline for my epic poem The Parliament of Poets. These essays constitute and record my background study, as it were, over a period of more than twenty years, leading up to their publication in 2007..."
Into the Ruins: Poems. Twenty years in the making, beyond Postmodernism, probing the nihilism of the age, Into the Ruins confronts much of the human experience left out of the balance by postmodern poetry, often compared to the Alexandrians and the Neoterics, when writers similarly concentrated on the minor themes of personal life, while ignoring the challenging experience of the public realm. Suffused with a global tragic vision, into the ruins of the 20th Century, Glaysher has his gaze fixed firmly on the 21st.
"At high points, his poetry captures the feelings of contingency and horror felt by many but expressed well by few... Glaysher fits well within the literary tradition, as he shows with his allusions to or mentions of, among others, Augustine, Dante, Yeats, Dostoyevsky, and Hayden; however, his voice is distinct. Among contemporary poets, few have a vision as darkly haunting.... Few also have the knowledge and the ability to handle contemporary issues with such presence of language. Out of the mass of recent poetry books, here is one you should read." —Jack Magazine
"A litany of horrors updating Eliot’s Waste Land, the book upbraids poets for turning inward only to concerns of the self." —North American Review
The Bower of Nil: A Narrative Poem. Fifteen years in the making, overturning the nihilism of Nietzsche, moving beyond Postmodernism, Peter Marsh, an academic philosopher struggling with analytical philosophy, weighs modern life in a conversation with his friend, David Emerson, a businessman. Brought together after long separation by the brutal murder of Mary, Peter’s wife, a time of devastating loss and crisis, their friendship inspires a dark night of the soul, during which Peter’s meditations range over several hundred years of philosophy, politics, religion, social change, the dilemmas of existence, evoking a vision of the complexities of the 21st Century, the United Nations, and global governance.
Structured around classical Greek choral movements, the first section ponders themes from Japanese Buddhism, while the second and third survey Western philosophy from Aristotle and Plato through Descartes, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Derrida, and others, in a powerfully dramatic grappling with philosophy, East and West.
"This is a doorway into the future... Colored richly and satisfyingly with symbols (e.g., the name Peter, the lily, the lantern) that speak directly to the psyche—the way that artwork spoke to the illiterate in the Middle Ages." —Poems Niederngasse
Letters from the American Desert: Signposts of a Journey, A Vision. Twenty years in the making, in Letters from the American Desert, Glaysher reflects on the cultural, political, and religious history of Western and non-Western civilizations, pondering the dilemmas of postmodernity, in a compelling struggle for spiritual knowledge and truth. In what is a highly autobiographical work, fully cognizant of the relativism and nihilism of modern life, Glaysher finds a deeper meaning and purpose in a universal Vision.
Confronting the antinomies of the soul, grounded in the dialectic, Glaysher charts a path beyond the postmodern desert. Alluding extensively to Martin Luther and W. B. Yeats at All Souls Chapel, “metaphors for poetry,” from Yeats’s book A Vision, Glaysher considers the example of the global, universal message of the oneness of God, all religions, and humankind, holding out a new hope and peaceful Vision for a world in spiritual and global crisis.
Far from a theocracy, Glaysher envisions a modest separation of church and state, as the will of God, in an unorganized religion, a universal synthesis of all spiritual and wisdom traditions, in harmony and balance with universal peace, in a global age of pluralism, where religious belief is a distinctive mark of the individual, not collective, communal identity.
Crow Hunting: Songs of Innocence. An eChapbook of nine poems written after the poets Henry Vaughan, Blake, Bryant, Emerson, Basho, Hafez, Attar, Rumi, and Tagore.
From the Preface: ". . . so I sought in words of poetry to intimate to an age of doctrinaire nihilism that God still exists, calls us always, if only we will pray and listen to Her."
The Search for Universal Spirituality
Theosophical Society of Detroit - Friday, December 7, 2018. 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
27745 Woodward Avenue, Berkley, Michigan.
Frederick Glaysher spoke about the long journey of modernity during the last 130 to 150 years in search of a universal conception of spirituality. Glaysher discusses the book The World’s Parliament of Religions, 1893, and key influential speakers and groups represented at The Parliament in Chicago, including Vivekananda, Brahmo Samaj, the Unitarian Church, and the Theosophical Society, highlighting and surveying Madame Blavatsky’s emphasis on Universal Brotherhood and the study of comparative religion. Further currents include Dara Shikoh, Rammohan Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Abdul-Baha, Rumi, Kabir, poets and mystics, Emerson. Among other seeking souls touched on, Evelyn Underhill, Arnold Toynbee, Micea Eliade, Joseph Campbell, and Huston Smith.
Epic Poetry Readings
October 1, 2018. Monday. 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Troy-area Interfaith Group Authors' Night. Hosted by Central Woodward Christian Church, 3955 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, Michigan.
August 11, 2018. Saturday. 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Sacred Grounds. 2095 Hayes. San Francisco, California.
August 10, 2018. Friday. 7:30 to 9:00 pm. San Francisco's Shelton Theater, reviving the art of the rhapsode. Tickets.
July 11, 2018. Wednesday. 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Theosophical Society of Detroit. 27745 Woodward Avenue, Berkley, Michigan.
March 22, 2018. Thursday. 7:00 pm. Farmhouse Coffee & Ice Cream. 32644 Franklin Rd. Franklin Village, Michigan.
Epic poet, rhapsode seeking invitations to read.
Since publication in late 2012 more than twenty-five epic poetry readings at Shelton Theater (San Francisco), University of Michigan (Rackham Amphitheatre), Wayne State University, Saginaw Valley State University, the Detroit Public Library, Troy Public Library, Hannan Café, Austin International Poetry Festival, Albany Word Fest, Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, Paint Creek Unitarian Universalist, Birmingham Unitarian Church, Troy Interfaith Group, Theosophical Society of Detroit, Barnes & Noble, BookWoman, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Espresso Royale, Sweetwaters, Himalayan (Berkeley, CA), Tuesdays at North Beach Branch Library (SF), Cafe International (SF), Florey’s Books (Pacifica, CA), Sacred Grounds Cafe (SF) East Side Reading Series, MUSINGS, The Farmhouse, and elsewhere. Other readings