Selected Excerpts from Reviews


The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem

NEW January 25, 2016 > "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."

"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

"Am in awe of its brilliance... Everyone must read this book." —Anodea Judith, Novato, California, Amazon Review

"Don't be intimidated by an epic poem. It's really coming back to that image of the storyteller sitting around the campfires of the world, dipping into and weaving the story of humanity, in the most beautiful, mellifluous language."Miriam Knight, Portland, Oregon, New Consciousness Review radio

"Very readable and intriguingly enjoyable. Frederick Glaysher's hours of dedication have produced a masterpiece that will stand the test of time." —Poetry Cornwall, No.36, England

"An attempt to merge the sciences and the humanities to reach a greater understanding of the human condition. ...the poetry and language is rather beautiful. ...it’s really very readable." Chris Hislop, Savage, London, UK

"A uniquely powerful work." —Spirituality Today, UK

"The Parliament of Poets carried me on the journey of Universality and All is One with the melodic rhythm only poetry can bring. Everyone needs to take this visit to the moon and look about the universe and all that it encompasses with the Awe with which it deserves! ...read this magnificent epic that will raise your eyes to the sky and wonder how someone could capture it all so well!" —Cheryl B. Duttweiler, Fernandina Beach, Florida, Amazon Review

"Bravo to the Poet for this toilsome but brilliant endeavour." Umme Salma, Transnational Literature, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

"But possibly even the ambition of these [Odysseus Elytis and Derek Walcott] is dwarfed by what is attempted here." Graham Mummery, Amazon UK Review

"An impassioned plea on behalf of humanity that reaches down and grabs the human longing for the Awakened Heart. ...a very important book for our time." Tina Benson, California, Amazon Review

"An exquisitely rendered epic poem that weaves ancient and contemporary vision into the heart of modern darkness and the light of eternal hope... For this reader it was like being enfolded into a glorious, celestial, orchestral song in which every instrument is finely tuned, timed, and vital to the whole, with different melodies coming together as a single motion to do something none of them could do alone... The Parliament of Poets is a worthy literary masterpiece... Once read, you know your life was impoverished without it." Julie Clayton, Portland, Oregon, New Consciousness Review

"I especially enjoyed Don Quixote's cameo appearances. Bravo. A fine and enjoyable read." —Marylee MacDonald, Tempe, Arizona, Amazon Review

"It only takes the first few paragraphs of this modern epic poem to feel the mental gush of ideas, fascinating juxtapositionings, and unique symbolism for our time." Dave Gordon, The Jewish Post and News of Winnipeg, Canada

"Beautiful book." Dr. Catherine Al-Meten, Portland, Oregon, The Examiner

"Beautiful poem. ...an excellent piece of poetry." —Nana Fredua-Agyeman, Ghana, Africa, ImageNations

"The main story is an interesting proposition, that maybe it is poets and philosophers, rather than activists and politicians, who can ultimately help transform this world into something better." —Mr. P. J. Morris, Amazon UK

"Brilliant writing! I'm in awe... A perfect Christmas gift. But, buyer beware, you'll want it for yourself! Bravo. Well done." Michele Ficano, Las Vegas, Nevada, Amazon Review

"AWESOME BOOK!! This was ordered as a gift and I have to admit I had a hard time letting it go! Highly recommend both the book and the seller!" Stanleys Mom, Amazon Review

"Awesome is not a grand enough word to describe the timeless brilliance of these words." Donna Surles, Florida, Amazon Review

"This masterful work goes well beyond the norm for literature of any type... Quite simply a masterpiece..." —Marv Borgman, Prattville, Alabama, Amazon Review

Longer excerpts on homepage.


The Grove of the Eumenides: Essays on Literature, Criticism, and Culture

"Poet Frederick Glaysher in these essays comments on a variety of literary and social issues, ranging from the plays of Sophocles, and the major works of Japanese literature, to the loss of religion and spirituality in modern society and literature." “New Titles Elected for Essay and General Literature Index,” —H. W. Wilson Co., September 2007

"Intriguing because I stop and think about his arguments. What is the role of the universal, of epic poetry, and how has postmodernism dealt with mimesis? Scholarly, well-substantiated arguments, with a wealth of materials that challenge precepts you might have about "value" of a writer/writing/cultural contributions." —Kitty Jospe, Goodreads Nov 02, 2010


Into the Ruins

"At high points, his poetry captures the feelings of contingency and horror felt by many but expressed well by few.... Glaysher fits well within the literary tradition, as he shows with his allusions to or mentions of, among others, Augustine, Dante, Yeats, Dostoyevsky, and Hayden; however, his voice is distinct. Among contemporary poets, few have a vision as darkly haunting.... Few also have the knowledge and the ability to handle contemporary issues with such presence of language. Out of the mass of recent poetry books, here is one you should read." —William Allegrezza, Jack Magazine  

"A litany of horrors updating Eliot’s Waste Land, the book upbraids poets for turning inward only to concerns of the self." —Vince Gotera, North American Review

"I will definitely be checking out more of his work in the future (Parliament of Poets looks good). This book deals with many of the horrors and terrors of the long 20th century, and in many ways chastises the poets of this period for not finding an effective way to confront that horror.
"...this book is quite good. It is well laid out, and does what so few collection of poems do-- that is build an argument or overall claim. There are short pieces that deal with the visceral horrors of conflict, relying on powerful imagery, and then longer drawn out philosophical pieces that culminate what Glaysher has been saying.
"The result is a collection that makes shorter, powerful jabs, followed by a prolonged punch. The reader is therefore left with the power of the poetry as the poems build on each other in rapid succession. Well written, thought out, and containing a clear purpose, I highly recommend Into the Ruins and look forward to reading Glaysher's other works." —Wes Bishop, Goodreads

"A book about something other than an author’s reflections in a mirror."  —Expansive Poetry

"Frederick Glaysher prefaces his collection of poems with the declaration that ’poets must turn to viewing and contemplating the real world, where men butcher and kill, love and hate, aspire and sometimes achieve...’ which is echoed throughout Into The Ruins... Often gruesome and relentless, Glaysher’s images are dark and horrifying; yet, a true to life presentation of the world and possibly personal events as seen through his eyes. Into The Ruins dishes out scenes of death and destruction impressing a distinct poetic style along with a macabre rendering of the mayhem people continuously seem to inflict on one another. It weaves a refreshing presentation of language with a heart-stopping example of contemporary life." —Poetry Market Ezine

"It is argued that now poets must turn to contemplating the real world and Glaysher is remarkable in his achievement of this . . . it is excellent poetry; his words and images hit you right in the gut . . . well worth reading."  —Poetry Greece

"Equivalent to the shock of visiting a holocaust museum depicting all the world’s victims of genocide.  . . .the imagery he flashes in this gallery of atrocity, hopefully will sensitize readers to the extent that they will recognize the moral imperative of conquering the evil inherent in man." —Collages & Bricolages

"Powerful poetry...." —Katnip Reviews

"His poetry is fluid and rhythmic . . . thoughtful and provocative." Main Street Rag

"Fred Glaysher takes us on a journey to that larger dimension of responsibility where thought meets action. This is a poetry of connectedness, which asks us to bring together broken parts of our cultures (both East and West) and search for a new identity, perhaps a new world order. His finely crafted poems are accessible and have a purpose that needs to be heard. " —WPON Interview

"Frederick Glaysher’s poetry is one of artistic energy, an articulate and penetrating voice . . . a poetry of lyrical passion and clear-eyed depiction." —The Midwest Book Review

"An impressively broad survey of atrocity." —Chicago Poetry

"A poetic reflection on postmodern life, with a particular focus on the limitations of both Eastern and Western thought. Collectively offers a higher path to universality for our future." —EdwardHamilton.com


The Bower of Nil

"This is a doorway into the future . . . the subtleties and complexities of the aforementioned cultures inform his subject matter and his political interests circumscribe the work. The Bower of Nil is an Orwell meets Nietzsche meets C.S. Lewis mélange of despair, madness, and hope. Not lyrical, not tidy and not information-byte-sized, your fingers come away heavy with paint—rather than print— after reading this. Colored richly and satisfyingly with symbols (e.g., the name Peter, the lily, the lantern) that speak directly to the psyche—the way that artwork spoke to the illiterate in the Middle Ages...." —Poems Niederngasse

"Mr. Glaysher writes with a genuine passion, with an obvious thrill at the play of ideas, and with an often compelling sense of purpose.... On balance the poem is very worthwhile reading and the middle section is just outstanding." —Brothersjudd.com (review)  -  Interview

"The Bower of Nil is where we all live. . . . The narrator and academic, Peter, would appear to hate academics, but the 65 page poem is a masterfully executed academic exercise, using the history of western philosophical thought as a metaphorical tool. The invading enchantress -- Peter’s wife for 30 years -- has been ’stripped of her shoes and socks, spine-sliced / at the back of her neck’ and left ’on top of a garbage heap.’ Glaysher may have meant the enchantress to be more muse-like, but anarchist, hedonist Mary Marsh, as an idea, appears ever his foil. Peter’s children have had ’every advantage / of the modern world,’’ but grew up with many human failings. The narrator says one needs to learn ’to be content and to dominate oneself, / not others.’  . . . A thought provoking read for these times!" —Pulsar

"Glaysher . . . explores the liberating potential of loss and acceptance as agents for empowerment." —The Carolina Quarterly

"This poem dated 2002 C.E. is quite fascinating as a kind of island in a sea of history, a landmark in a mist of unrealized dreams and all the vast potential of the days that remain ahead of us." —Solarguard

"Glaysher is uncompromising in his assessment of the human experience. ...It’s a book that is food for thought." —Poetic Voices

"Glaysher pays his readers the compliment of assuming that they will have at least a basic familiarity with the major world classics and philosophies of both East and West." —Manifold 44

"In some ways, this seems like the least fashionable book imaginable in today’s poetry world, which I would hazard to say is exactly what Glaysher wants it to be." —Sidereality

"The Bower of Nil is a fine poem by a poet who has done his work carefully and well. His protagonist has a tangible reality even when, especially when, he is groping with the most difficult and  obscure ideas.... Glaysher tells his story and draws us in skillfully. So much so that his book, a thing made of paper and ink, becomes a rich, vital experience for which we should be grateful."  —Muse Apprentice Guild

 

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