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The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem
     

The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem

by Frederick Glaysher
 

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In a fractured, divisive world, the poets of all nations guide the way toward peace.

Thirty years in the making, The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, by Frederick Glaysher, takes place partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility.

In a world of Quantum Physics, Apollo, the Greek god of poetry,

Overview

In a fractured, divisive world, the poets of all nations guide the way toward peace.

Thirty years in the making, The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, by Frederick Glaysher, takes place partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility.

In a world of Quantum Physics, 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 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 him 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.

All the great shades appear at the Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquility: Homer and Virgil from Greek and Roman civilization; Dante, Spenser, and Milton hail from the Judeo-Christian West; Rumi, Attar, and Hafez step forward from Islam; Du Fu and Li Po, Basho and Zeami, step forth from China and Japan; the poets of the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana meet on that plain; griots from Africa; shamans from Indonesia and Australia; Murasaki Shikibu, Emily Dickinson, and Jane Austen, poets and seers of all Ages, bards, rhapsodes, troubadours, and minstrels, major and minor, hail across the halls of time and space.

That transcendent Rose symbol of our age, the Earth itself, viewed from the heavens, one world with no visible boundaries, metaphor of the oneness of the human race, reflects its blue-green light into the blackness of the starry universe.

Reviews

"Like a story around a campfire." --From the Audience

"A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature." --Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

"A remarkable poem by a uniquely inspired poet, taking us out of time into a new and unspoken consciousness..." --Kevin Mcgrath, South Asian Studies, Harvard University

"Very readable and intriguingly enjoyable. A masterpiece that will stand the test of time." --Poetry Cornwall, No. 36, England

"Mr. Glaysher has written an epic poem of major importance that is guaranteed to bring joy and an overwhelming sense of beauty and understanding to readers who will travel the space ways with this exquisite poet. I am truly awed. Frederick Glaysher is a master poet who knows his craft from the inside out, and this is truly a major accomplishment and contribution to American Letters. Once you enter, you will not stop until the end. A landmark achievement." --ML Liebler, Department of English, Wayne State University

"I am in awe of the brilliance of this book. Everyone must read this book." --Anodea Judith, Novato, California

"Bravo to the Poet for this toilsome but brilliant endeavour." --Umme Salma, Transnational Literature, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

"This Great Poem promises to be the defining Epic of the Age and will be certain to endure for many Centuries. Frederick Glaysher uses his great Poetic and Literary Skills in an artistic way that is unique for our Era and the Years to come. I strongly recommend this book to all those who enjoy the finest Poetry. A profound spiritual message for humanity." --Alan Jacobs, Poet Writer Author, London, UK

"An exquisitely rendered epic poem that weaves ancient and contemporary vision into the heart of modern darkness and the light of eternal hope... For this reader it was like being enfolded into a glorious, celestial, orchestral song in which every instrument is finely tuned, timed, and vital to the whole, with different melodies coming together as a single motion to do something none of them could do alone... The Parliament of Poets is a worthy literary masterpiece... Once read, you know your life was impoverished without it." --Julie Clayton, Portland, Oregon, New Consciousness Review

"Certainly wowed the crowd at the library with the performance and the words themselves." --Albany Poets News, New York

Editorial Reviews

CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Canada - Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht
"A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, ingeniously enriching the canon of 'literary epics' while in every way partaking of the nature of world literature. ...Glaysher is in a creative dialog with the greatest epic poets of all time. He is bringing together in beautiful verse form...diverse visions of humanity from all over the world. ...frequently casting them in the form of spatial and cosmic imagery. A pure joy...contemporary 'world literature' at its best."
Graham Mummery
"Possibly even the ambition of these [Odysseus Elytis and Derek Walcott] is dwarfed by what is attempted here."
Arthur McMaster, Contributing Editor;
"And a fine major work it is." ;Department of English, Converse College, South Carolina
Poets' Quarterly, Spring 2015 - Arthur McMaster, Contributing Editor;
"And a fine major work it is." ;Department of English, Converse College, South Carolina
James Sale (UK)
"Glaysher is really an epic poet and this is an epic poem! To put this in context, in my view the last complete and true epic poem in the English Language was Paradise Lost written by John Milton in the 17th century... One can hardly congratulate him enough, since it has been so long awaited... Easy to understand and follow... A poet writing for people... Glaysher has written a masterpiece... I strongly recommend Frederick Glaysher's poem."
The Society of Classical Poets - James Sale (UK)
"Glaysher is really an epic poet and this is an epic poem! To put this in context, in my view the last complete and true epic poem in the English Language was Paradise Lost written by John Milton in the 17th century... One can hardly congratulate him enough, since it has been so long awaited... Easy to understand and follow. A poet writing for people. Glaysher has written a masterpiece... I strongly recommend Frederick Glaysher's poem and hope he will find a larger readership for it."
R. J. Fox
"Very intrigued by his background. I'm extremely impressed with the quality and depth of the writing. So well written. It's almost like a stepping stone into all this world lit that people might otherwise never touch." Ann Arbor, Michigan
Poet and Senior Lecturer, Dept of English, Wayne State University - ML Liebler
"Glaysher has written an epic poem of major importance that is guaranteed to bring joy and an overwhelming sense of beauty and understanding to readers who will travel the space ways with this exquisite poet. I am truly awed... Frederick Glaysher is a master poet who knows his craft from the inside out, and this is truly a major accomplishment and contribution to American Letters... Once you enter, you will not stop until the end. A landmark achievement Mr. Glaysher. Bravo!"
Poet, Lowell House, South Asian Studies, Harvard University - Kevin Mcgrath
"A remarkable poem by a uniquely inspired poet, taking us out of time into a new and unspoken consciousness..."
Anodea Judith
"I am in awe of the brilliance of this book! Food for the soul, and answers to humanity's most pressing problems, right where they belong, in the epic poetry of all the teachers, magicians, prophets, shamans, and poets of all time... Bravo, bravo, bravo. Everyone must read this book, especially if you enjoy literature, wisdom, and philosophy. We held a poetry salon in honor of this book. It was wonderful!"

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015752236
Publisher:
Earthrise Press
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
294
Sales rank:
1,250,196
File size:
621 KB

Meet the Author

Frederick Glaysher is an epic poet, poet-critic, and the author or editor of ten books. He studied writing under a private tutorial, at the University of Michigan, with the poet Robert Hayden and edited both Hayden's Collected Prose (University of Michigan Press) and his Collected Poems (Liveright). He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Michigan, the latter in English. At the college and university level, he taught rhetoric, American and non-Western literature, humanities, world religions, etc., for ten years.

He lived for more than fifteen years outside Michigan--in Japan, where he taught at Gunma University in Maebashi; in Arizona, on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation, site of one of the largest internment camps for Japanese-Americans during WWII; in Illinois, on the central farmlands and on the Mississippi; ultimately returning to his suburban hometown of Rochester.

A Fulbright-Hays scholar to China in 1994, he studied at Beijing University, the Buddhist Mogao Caves on the old Silk Road, and elsewhere in China, including Hong Kong and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. While a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar in 1995 on India, he further explored the conflicts between the traditional regional civilizations of Islamic and Hindu cultures and modernity.

He has been an outspoken advocate of the United Nations, an accredited participant at the UN Millennium Forum (2000), and attended the UNA Members Day 2012 on the Millennium Development Goals, held in the General Assembly Hall.

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