FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In 2018, Stepping Back from the Brink of Self-Destruction
Contact: Frederick Glaysher
We human beings on this planet need a new vision and understanding of life, to help bring us together, to see and feel and understand our common humanity, to step back from the brink of self-destruction.
From the Moon, together, we can see it, a new global, universal vision of life. Many millions of people around the world have already evolved toward such a vision. Frederick Glaysher’s The Parliament of Poets, published by Earthrise Press, is set partly on the moon and evokes a new way humankind can come together in peace.
Reviewed by Hans Ruprecht at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, as “A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance,” while Kevin McGrath in South Asian Studies at Harvard University wrote, “A remarkable poem by a uniquely inspired poet, taking us out of time into a new and unspoken consciousness…”
Thirty years in the making, set partly on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, Glaysher’s epic poem charts a way forward for humanity, from the perspective of a quarter of a million miles out in space, gazing back at Mother Earth.
In a world of Quantum science, 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 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.
Frederick Glaysher is the author or editor of ten books. At the University of Michigan, Glaysher studied writing under a private tutorial with the poet Robert Hayden and edited his prose and poems. He has lived and traveled widely in Japan and China and was a Fulbright-Hays scholar on China and an NEH scholar on India.
Reviving both the art of epic poetry and the Greek story-tellers known as rhapsodes, Glaysher has given more than twenty epic poetry readings from The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem (ISBN: 978-0982677889 $23.95 EarthrisePress.Net and Amazon), described by the audience, “like a story around a campfire.”
Mr. Glaysher has written a new story for humanity that can help inspire people toward peace in the real world.
A story, a Journey toward healing the planet, drawing from and evoking all of the great spiritual and wisdom traditions and regional civilizations.
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, especially, wrote on shamanism and myth and their power to heal the tribe through a visionary 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.
Troy Public Library, Troy, Michigan. Sept 23, 2017.
The Parliament of Poets is set partly on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, and around the world.
Apollo 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 chooses one of its own, the Poet of the Moon, and sends him 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.
The book has twelve chapters, each with three to five cantos, more than forty throughout. To suggest the scope of the book, it is set partly on the moon and in Australia, India, Cambodia, Burma, Tibet, China, Japan, Africa, France, England, Russia, the Middle East, Central and South America.
“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, author on the Mahabharata.
“A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature.” —Hans Ruprecht, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, author on Goethe, Borges, etc.
“Mr. Glaysher has written an epic poem of major importance… Truly a major accomplishment and contribution to American Letters.” —ML Liebler, Poet, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
ANN ARBOR—On September 22, 29, and October 6, the theatre company, Apollo’s Troupe, will stage the theater adaptation of the poem, The Parliament of Poets, written by Michigan poet Frederick Glaysher and published in 2012 by Earthrise Press. Continue reading →
Apollo's Troupe blends theatre with the ancient Greek rhapsode's performance of Homer and the modern style of reading by Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe into a new experimental epic form of dramatic storytelling for a contemporary audience. Continue reading →