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Apollo’s Troupe at GoFundMe


Apollo’s Troupe is seeking support on GoFundMe to hire 5 actors and collaborators for the two and a half hour theatre script version of The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, by Frederick Glaysher, to perform and tour to inspire human beings toward a new peaceful vision of life on Earth. 

First, to hire 5 actors in the greater Detroit, Michigan area to revive the storytelling role of the ancient Greek rhapsode, playing at least two major supporting characters and “vignettes” for Don Quixote, Rocinante, Black Elk, Chief Seattle, Du Fu, Saigyo, Basho, Merlin, Queen Mab, Sappho, Jane Austen, Virgil, Demodokus, Squire, Robert Hayden, Fairy Queen, Rumi, Tagore, Vyasa, Tolstoy, Job, Borges, Sogolon, Mbeku, etc.–for 12 performances, April through at least July 20, 2019–the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing

Performances would be held in a rented Detroit area theatre, followed, second, by  touring nationally and worldwide.

The epic poem has a special theme and connection to the three Apollo 15 astronauts who were all from the University of Michigan. 

Synopsis: 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 modern life. The Parliament of Poets sends the Persona, 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. 

Gazing from the moon, we see one Earth, without borders, Mother Earth, her embrace encircling one people, humankind.

In 1977, Frederick Glaysher took a theatre course in the Interpretative Reading of Poetry, learning the Greek rhapsodes would travel throughout ancient Greece reciting Homer. Before long the idea of writing an epic poem became compelling and the dream that one day he might also revive the role of the rhapsode. 

The theatre script, Apollo’s Troupe, blends the ancient Greek rhapsode’s performance of Homer with the modern style of readings into a new experimental epic form of dramatic storytelling for a contemporary audience. (He now performs increasingly from memory.) 

Apollo’s Troupe is here on GoFundMe facing the reality of  insufficient funds. We have found several highly gifted actors on Backstage.com and through local connections, who are excellent candidates. Help us hire and put them to work!


Youtube. Chief Seattle, Black Elk. 2 minutes

Earthrise Press – Download the Program for Epic Poetry Readings

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New Review in Transnational Literature, Australia


The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem

The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem

New review by Umme Salma, International Islamic University, Department of English Language and Literature, Chittagong, Bangladesh. Transnational Literature Vol. 7 no. 1, November 2014, Australia. Over 1,200 words.

“The purpose of the spiritual journey of the Poet of the Moon is to seek deliverance of the modern human from the captivity of nothingness, nihilism and atheism, and from the resulting chaos and chasm of soul. From the versatile he gets scores of life-affirming lessons, yet the core meaning of all is that the Supreme Being as well as the earth is one, and so human beings are one nation irrespective of their clan, class, color,race, religion and gender. In this earth human beings are part of the Great Mystery’s creation and their duty is to keep the balance and harmony of the universe, to achieve union, to choose sacrifice, and to be self-controlled. In this manner Glaysher sings the song of ‘one Earth, without borders, Mother Earth, her embrace encircling one people, humankind’ (19)….”

“Bravo to the Poet for this toilsome but brilliant endeavour.”

[That is, “toilsome” to the poet, alas, so true…]

Full review at Transnational Literature.

Frederick Glaysher

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Tagore and Literary Adaptation

rabindranath tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore and Literary Adaptation

Accidentally including three or four poems by another poet among his collection of short poems, Fireflies (Lekhan), what Tagore did was discussed in 2002, in a different context, by Richard Posner, in “On Plagiarism” in The Atlantic Monthly:

“…the writer who plagiarizes out of … forgetfulness, the latter being the standard defense when one is confronted with proof of one’s plagiarism.”

It was a mistake. Tagore immediately owned it. He was human, too, and graciously admitted he had erred, when it was pointed out to him, dealing with many manuscripts from years ago, jumbled together. Why should it be held against him by later sticklers?

Now available in

The Myth of the Enlightenment: Essays
Forthcoming, September, 2014.


Frederick Glaysher

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Back from the Voyage.

Deepest Space Image

Deepest Space Image

Back from the Voyage.

August 4, 2011

I finished the second full draft of The Parliament of Poets a few days ago. It’s now a readable manuscript, entirely cast in verse.

For decades I really didn’t know how to begin, though I made notes and thought about the book endlessly. I had written The Bower of Nil as a book-length narrative poem thinking it would be a bridge to writing an epic. In my mind, the three sections were based on the Greek choric dance, which I didn’t actually make clear until the ebook edition in 2010. Nevertheless, the enormous amount of reading of philosophy that I had done for The Bower of Nil helped me to understand how to handle and structure a theme around a cultural story in dramatic, literary terms. That in itself was a considerable leap forward from the lyric poetry of Into the Ruins, at times a story told or suggested in lyric sequence. The universal epic scale proved far more difficult, even arduous. It was extremely difficult and challenging to absorb and synthesize the decades of reading, my whole life, truth be told, and beyond my own personal life, into a literary, epic form that might hope to speak to our global age.

It was Virgil who finally made me realize how to begin. He had written out the Aeneid first in prose and then worked it into verse. I thought of that for years. That opened the door for me. And then the time was right.

I know I can’t possibly be objective about the book. I’ve been completely wrapped up in it. It will be for others to judge if it flies as a universal epic. For me, after decades, since the early 1980s, I feel I’ve at last crossed a threshold and can look back, as it were, from earth to the moon, back at the earth from the moon, the physical manuscript on my desk proving I have made the voyage.

I have three more drafts planned which I hope to finish by the end of this year, each one working on smaller levels of detail, tying up the loose ends. And then perhaps a few more drafts for further polishing, like a cabochon stone.

Frederick Glaysher


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