Welcome. I'm an epic poet, rhapsode, poet-critic, and the author or editor of several books. Thank you for visting. And I hope you enjoy getting to know me.
"Very readable and intriguingly enjoyable. ...a masterpiece that will stand the test of time." —Les Merton, Poetry Cornwall, England.
"A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance." —Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht, CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
"An impassioned plea on behalf of humanity that reaches down and grabs the human longing for the Awakened Heart. ...a very important book for our time." —Tina Benson, Amazon Review, California.
"An attempt to merge the sciences and the humanities to reach a greater understanding of the human condition. ...the poetry and language is rather beautiful. ...it’s really very readable." —Chris Hislop, Savage, London
"Like being enfolded into a glorious, celestial, orchestral song... A worthy literary masterpiece..." —Julie Clayton, New Consciousness Review
Thirty years in the making, set partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, a Journey toward healing the psyche of the planet.
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.
Hardcover ISBN: 9780982677889. eISBN: 9780982677865. Earthrise Press, November 2012. 294 pages. $23.95. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and their global affiliates, e.g., Amazon.ca, Amazon.uk, etc.
Add to Cart for Free USA shipping (USPS 5 day media). Major credit cards and Paypal:
Read a Free Sample Chapter, Book I, on Amazon (USA, UK), Barnes & Noble, or as a PDF.
THE ARGUMENT - A brief headnote sketch of each chapter or "Book." PDF
Please let me and others know what you think of my epic. Even a review of a sentence or two, a paragraph, on Amazon, Goodreads, wherever, would be appreciated.
I am seeking invitations to read, by arrangement, from my epic poem, anywhere on Earth. LinkedIn
Epic Poetry Reading
Robert Hayden Centennial Conference and Poetry Tribute.
The University of Michigan, Rackham Amphitheatre, November 1, 2013.
From the canto "Flight of the Persona to the Moon," with his guide, the poet Robert Hayden.
Reviews of The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem
"Very readable and intriguingly enjoyable.... Frederick Glaysher’s hours of dedication have produced a masterpiece that will stand the test of time." —Les Merton, Poetry Cornwall, No.36, England.
"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." —Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht, CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. (Author of over twenty-three books and articles in German, French, and English, on semiotics, Goethe, Thomas Mann, Hugo, Joyce, Borges, Brecht, Doležel, etc. OCLC).
"The Parliament of Poets is one of the most important books of our time. In this grand sweeping epic, Glaysher has managed to live up to the task given to him by The Parliament of Poets. ...a new vision for humanity; one of Unity and Oneness of humankind. ...synthesizing and integrating the great thinkers of all time. ...a tangible vision of our shared humanity. ...an impassioned plea that we WAKE UP before we destroy ourselves and our one precious planet. ...an inspired epic that integrates the ancient wisdom teachings of the world's greatest wisdom teachers and poets. ...a new vision and sense of responsibility towards our shared humanity. An impassioned plea on behalf of humanity that reaches down and grabs the human longing for the Awakened Heart. ...a very important book for our time and a MUST READ!!!!" —Tina Benson, Amazon Review; Goodreads, California.
"In the classic epic poem, the hero suffers many challenges, meets many obstacles, and experiences what Joseph Campbell described as the Hero’s journey.... A hero must meet obstacles, and in the case of the Persona, the obstacles are both internal and external—very Jungian is our hero. The quest for individuation or the coming together in wholeness, is evident as we, the readers/listeners follow the trials and travels of our hero. ...beautiful book." —Dr. Catherine Al-Meten, The Examiner, Portland, Oregon. (2,700 words)
"The Parliament of Poets is an exquisitely rendered epic poem that weaves ancient and contemporary vision into the heart of modern darkness and the light of eternal hope.... The experience of reading this book defies attempts to describe it: poetry, like any art, means many things to many people. 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.... 'Always the world awaits the poet who can find the right words, more so now than ever,' says Tolstoy, final words of counsel to the Persona after his many crossings. In this book are such words, and the author, like Gandhi, must surely be 'wrapped in selfless practice'—dedicating thirty years of his life to finding them on our behalf. The Parliament of Poets is a worthy literary masterpiece, the author a curator of the human story, the book a living cultural artifact. Once read, you know your life was impoverished without it." —Julie Clayton, New Consciousness Review, Portland, Oregon, and Amazon Review
"I found this book to be up to the standards set by Homer. ...very thought provoking as it brings into question what humanity is doing to the Earth and each other." —LibraryThing, Texas.
"The plot follows a poet (presumably Glaysher himself, hinted at in the title of “Persona”), taken magically to the Moon, where a collection of the world’s greatest poets have assembled a parliament to consult on the “meaning of modernity”. ...an attempt to merge the sciences and the humanities to reach a greater understanding of the human condition – Glaysher certainly doesn’t aim low. ...the poetry and language is rather beautiful. Glaysher has grasped epic poetry’s rhythms and cadences, favouring an iambic meter to create a pleasant, rolling pace to the piece. ...it’s really very readable." —Chris Hislop, Savageonline, London.
"Glaysher...has shown...that with the right subject matter and the right language, one can create an epic poem even in today's age. ...a beautiful poem that falls off the tongue smoothly. All through this epic poem, the Poet of the Moon is addressing or discussing the Buddhist concept of Itai Doshin or the unity of the mind in the midst of diversity, which is also the concept that underpins the Ubuntu philosophy, which translates into 'I am, because we are'. The poet talks about peaceful coexistence, that oneness of us as a people of the earth and with our environment. He sees rapacious quest for wealth as unhealthy, impacting negatively on us as a people. He believes that everything should be done to advance the course of humanity and not an individual. He believes that science and religion should not be antagonists but should both work to advance the course of humanity. The problem comes when the sole end of scientific research becomes profit. And here one should equally add religion, with regards to the springing up of churches whose ultimate goal is making money for the founders. In effect the poet wants to see the unity of what he calls 'false dichotomies': science and religion, reason and intuition, material and spiritual, white and black, and others. ...an excellent piece of poetry." —Nana Fredua-Agyeman, Accra, Ghana, Africa. ImageNations; Goodreads (2,100 words)
"Certainly wowed the crowd at the library with the performance and the words themselves." —Albany Poets News, New York.
"Most of the contemporary poets and critics claim that epic is not suitable for our modern age. But Frederick Glaysher has proven them wrong.... 'The Parliament of Poets' has all the grandeur, all the loftiness and qualities which make an 'effort for an epic' a 'true epic.' In essence, 'The Parliament of Poets' is a song of unity, an audacious declaration that unity does not mean conformity, it means being in harmony. The poet himself is the main character of this epic poem, who travels to the moon, meets a large number of great poets and writers of the world, comes back to earth to have some glimpses of bygone times. Throughout the entire journey, many poets, writers, sages guide the poet and share their invaluable knowledge and insights." —Ratul Pal, Bangladesh, Goodreads."AWESOME BOOK!! This was ordered as a gift and I have to admit I had a hard time letting it go! Highly recommend both the book and the seller!" —Stanleys Mom, Amazon Review
• Listen to (after the BBC NEWS) "FREDERICK GLAYSHER in conversation about his great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, THE PARLIAMENT OF POETS, which is ingeniously enriching the canon of 'literary epics' while in every way partaking of the nature of world literature. ...a truly universal epic." —Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht (2), CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. June 2013. Includes two excerpts from The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. Also available direct from my server Here
"With his new book, THE PARLIAMENT OF POETS, Frederick GLAYSHER is in a creative dialog with the greatest epic poets of all time. He is bringing together in beautiful verse form, tending, as he writes 'to the iambic pentameter, depending on thought and need', diverse visions of humanity from all over the world. Frederick Glaysher's poetic imagination is frequently casting them in the form of spatial and cosmic imagery. That is very exalting to the reader's spirit. What is more, in reading his new book one is not only compassing, beyond the horizon of empirical facts, a borderless world, but one is also beholding the 'oneness' of humankind in a different light. • 'The Parliament of Poets' (Earthrise Press, 2012) by Frederick Glaysher is a pure joy; embodied in a literary work of fine verbal art, it is contemporary 'world literature' at its best." —Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht (3), CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. August 6, 2013. — a Radio CKCU/Literary News 'encore'
London >>> Epic Poetry Reading. Colourful Radio, with Lester Holloway. February 5, 2014. Reading a short excerpt set in London, outside Westminster Abbey, a British Parliament of Poets! 5 minutes
Epic Poetry Reading
From the beginning of Book I, in medias res.
The Birmingham Unitarian Church (UU), Birmingham, Michigan, April 6, 2013.
Like a story "around a campfire." —From the Audience.
Reading March 31, 2014, from Into the Ruins: Poems, Birmingham Unitarian Church.
Forthcoming, September, 2014: The Myth of the Enlightenment: Essays. 230 pages.
Published Excerpts and an Essay
Published in Kolkata, India > Excerpt from Book IV. Rupkatha Journal, (Vol. 4, No. 2. December 2012).
Tagore and the Persona, at Kurukshetra:
"We soon were over a plain, a wide field,
where two vast armies were ranked to battle,
legions on either side for war..."
Or available from my own server: Rupkatha_Poetry
In October 2013 Rupkatha honored The Parliament of Poets on its homepage, with the cover image and a short book description, linking to Amazon India.
Published in Mumbai, India > Excerpt from Book IV. The Criterion: An International Journal in English, Vol. III. Issue IV. (December 2012). In the Himalayan foothills, Shiva Nataraja:
"Tagore then spoke. “You have heard Krishna, now
Lord Vishnu’s eighth incarnation, Shiva.
He will come down to us from Mt Kailash..."
In the tradition of Maecenas and Can Grande della Scala, if you think well of my essays and poetry that I make available here and on my blog, please donate what you can.