The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. By Frederick Glaysher

Celebrating Our Common Humanity

Pointing at the Moon

Opening Hymn. Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto Fringe Festival. July 10, 2023. 2:16 minutes.
Miriam Sossin, Stage Manager. Sophie Stetsenko, Assistant Stage Manager & Videographer.

Cervantes. Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto Fringe Festival. July 10, 2023.

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A Universal, Interfaith Story of Human Aspiration

Solo Performance by Frederick Glaysher, playing the role of the main character, The Poet of the Moon—and Black Elk, Chief Seattle, Don Quixote, Merlin, Du Fu, Fairy Queen, Tolstoy, Dante, Sogolon, etc.

Mounting the BemaA Don Quixote-like character, The Poet of the Moon, called to the moon by Apollo to consult with all the poets of the nations, East and West, on the meaning of modern life. The Parliament of Poets sends him on a Journey to the seven continents to learn from all of the spiritual traditions of humankind. On Earth and on the moon, the poets teach a global, universal interfaith vision of life.

Mounting the Bema

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Epic poet, rhapsode seeking invitations to perform.





The Parliament of Poets

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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Epic poet, rhapsode seeking invitations to read.


"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

I’ll first outline in brief the experiment of the Charles Street Meeting House in Boston, from 1949 to about 1960, and sketch a little how it looks now given the life of our country and culture during the intervening fifty-five years, and then suggest the value the experiment might still hold for today. In 1964, Beacon Press and Meeting House Press published Kenneth L. Patton’s book A Religion for One World: Art and Symbols for a Universal Religion. Patton presents what he calls the history of the experiment of the Universalist Charles Street Meeting House, at the foot of Beacon Hill in Boston...

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.

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