The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. By Frederick Glaysher
Performing Black Elk at Theatre NOVA, September 22, 2019:
Epic Poetry Reading at The Farmhouse, Village of Franklin, Michigan.
March 22, 2018. 15 minutes. Funded by Poets & Writers, Inc.
On the moon, Black Elk and Chief Seattle; The Poet-Prophet Job on the Holocaust.
Funded by Poets & Writers, Inc.
If the old exclusivisms evolved into the exclusivism of the Enlightenment, from the moon, together, we can see universality...
As a global epic tale, I am speaking to the entire planet, not merely the Western world. While the whole is always more than the sum of its parts, I gratefully acknowledge my indebtedness to such writers and thinkers as the historian Arnold Toynbee, Carl Jung, Huston Smith, Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, and many others of open and universal sensibility. Campbell and Mircea Eliade, especially, wrote on shamanism and myth and their power to heal the tribe through a visionary, ecstatic experience and tale. Campbell also wrote repeatedly about the overview Image of Earthrise, rising above the horizon of the moon, as the great new mythic Image and Symbol for our time.
Reading at Hannan Cafe and the Detroit Public Library. Best Selections 2015 - 2017. (The reading at Hannan Cafe funded by Poets & Writers, Inc.) The story of humanity, from Blombos Cave to the dark side of the moon, drawing from and evoking all of the great spiritual and wisdom traditions and regional civilizations.
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.
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"Like a story around a campfire." —The Audience
"Certainly wowed the crowd at the library with the performance
and the words themselves." —Albany Poets News, New York
"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
The Universality of One World
Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church. Sunday, April 28, 2019. Grosse Pointe, Michigan
The Search for Universal Spirituality
Theosophical Society of Detroit - Friday, December 7, 2018. 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.