Dear Mr. Moyers,
Decades ago your outstanding programs with Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith were important influences on me, and on my epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, which was published in late November 2012, after thirty years in the making, and which takes place partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site. For many years I mulled over Campbell’s insight that the great image of Earthrise over the lunar landscape heralded a new spiritual awareness. In my epic I evoke a new global, universal vision of life on this planet.
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 main character, 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 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.
It would be an honor for you to choose to Journey to the Moon… and judge my epic worthy of “reaching humanity,” if not on your program, now ended, through perhaps your good opinion. I’d be happy to send you a hardcover copy.
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