Hardcover. ISBN: 9780982677889. eISBN 9780982677865. Preface, Introduction, "A Prefatory Ode." Hardcover and ebook editions. Earthrise Press, 2012. 294 pages. $23.95.
The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem takes place partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, a journey toward healing the psyche of the planet.
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 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, as well as the “two cultures,” science and the humanities.
All the great shades appear at the Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquility: Homer and Virgil from the Greek and Roman civilizations; Dante, Spenser, and Milton hail from the Judeo-Christian West; Rumi, Attar, and Hafez step forward from Islam; Du Fu and Li Po, Basho and Zeami, step forth from China and Japan; the poets of the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana meet on that plain; griots from Africa; shamans from Indonesia and Australia; Murasaki Shikibu, Emily Dickinson, and Jane Austen, poets and seers of all Ages, bards, rhapsodes, troubadours, and minstrels, major and minor, hail across the halls of time and space.
That transcendent rose symbol of our age, the Earth itself, viewed from the heavens, one world with no visible boundaries, metaphor of the oneness of the human race, reflects its blue-green light into the blackness of the starry universe.
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“A poet now whose work and dedication to a demanding and difficult art I admire; a man who has the gift of inner grace.” —Robert Hayden
"Like a story around a campfire." —From the Audience
"Glaysher is really an epic poet and this is an epic poem! To put this in context, in my view the last complete and true epic poem in the English Language was Paradise Lost written by John Milton in the 17th century... One can hardly congratulate him enough, then, on this achievement, since it has been so long awaited... One fabulous quality of this poem is its clarity and luminous quality. I love the fact that despite the wide ranging topographical and lexical references this poem is easy to understand and follow: it is a poet writing for people, not one trying to be clever, and not one concealing their lack of poetry in obfuscation. Glaysher has written a masterpiece... I strongly recommend Frederick Glaysher’s poem and hope he will find a larger readership for it." —James Sale (UK), The Society of Classical Poets (2,272 words)
"A remarkable poem by a uniquely inspired poet, taking us out of time into a new and unspoken consciousness..." —Kevin McGrath, Poet, Lowell House, South Asian Studies, Harvard University
"Mr. Glaysher has written an epic poem of major importance... Truly a major accomplishment and contribution to American Letters... A landmark achievement Mr. Glaysher. Bravo!" —ML Liebler, Poet and Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
"A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature." —Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht, CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
"And a fine major work it is." —Arthur McMaster, Department of English, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, Contributing Editor, Poets' Quarterly (Spring 2015), in "My Odyssey as an Epic Poet: Interview with Frederick Glaysher."
"If you choose to read The Parliament of Poets—and I hope that you will!—know that you are reading a devotional work of a poet-seer, one who yearns for and envisions a unified world in which spiritual verities draw all people together." —Bob Dixon-Kolar, Department of English, DuPage College, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
"Bravo to the Poet for this toilsome but brilliant endeavour." —Umme Salma, Transnational Literature, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
"This Great Poem promises to be the defining Epic of the Age and will be certain to endure for many Centuries. Frederick Glaysher uses his great Poetic and Literary Skills in an artistic way that is unique for our Era and the Years to come. I strongly recommend this book to all those who enjoy the finest Poetry. A profound spiritual message for humanity." —Alan Jacobs, Poet Writer Author, Amazon UK Review, London, UK
"Very readable and intriguingly enjoyable. A masterpiece that will stand the test of time." —Poetry Cornwall, No. 36, England
"I am in awe of the brilliance of this book! Everyone must read this book." —Anodea Judith, Novato, California, author of The Global Heart Awakens