FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In 2018, Stepping Back from the Brink of Self-Destruction
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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
Apollo's Troupe, Performing in The Underground at The Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. A story of humanity coming together in universal peace. May 17, 8:00pm; May 18, 8:00pm; May 19, 3:00pm Continue reading →
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, […]
Encore Michigan Article on Apollo's Troupe. A Parliament of Poets 05/17–05/19. DETROIT—On May 17, the theater company, Apollo’s Troupe, will debut the stage-adaptation of the critically- acclaimed epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, written by Michigan poet Frederick Glaysher and published in 2012 by Earthrise Press. The show will be at the newly-renamed Underground at […]
Apollo's Troupe in The Underground at The Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University. (Formerly Studio Theatre) May 17, 8:00pm; May 18, 8:00pm; May 19, 3:00pm Students: $15, Faculty/Staff: $23, General $28 Approximately 2 hours. 15-minute intermission. TICKETS at WSU www.WSUshows.com (Apollo's Troupe) Continue reading →
Frederick 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. Continue reading →