Frederick Glaysher's Blog

November 24, 2017

Welcome. I’m an epic poet, rhapsode, poet-critic, and the author or editor of ten books. Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy getting to know me.


After working on The Parliament of Poets for over thirty years, I’m grateful that I have been able to complete my epic poem and that readers have enjoyed their Journey to the Moon… I hope in time word will spread. If you choose to read it, please let me and others know what you think. Even a brief review of a sentence or two, a paragraph, on Amazon, or wherever, would be greatly appreciated. I’d love to hear from you.


Frederick Glaysher


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November 7, 2017

Climate Change, Touching the Heart, Frederick Glaysher, Comments & Questions.

Troy Public Library, Troy, Michigan. Sept 23, 2017.


After reading several selections from The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. https://youtu.be/DXAXn0DL5jY



https://youtu.be/XHUyKtj3gJo


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.


SYNOPSIS


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.


REVIEWS


“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


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Published on November 07, 2017 08:20

Epic Poetry Reading, The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem.

Troy Public Library, Sept 23, 2017. 10 minutes.



A lunar tale, a story, a Journey toward healing the planet, drawing from and evoking all of the great spiritual and wisdom traditions and regional civilizations.


If the old exclusivisms evolved into the exclusivism of the Enlightenment, from the moon, together, we can see universality…




Frederick Glaysher reading several brief selections from The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, at Troy Public Library, Troy, Michigan. Sept 23, 2017. 10 minutes. https://youtu.be/XHUyKtj3gJo


Also see the related Questions & Answers, on CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING, 10 minutes, at https://youtu.be/DXAXn0DL5jY


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.


SYNOPSIS


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.


Frederick Glaysher, Troy Public Library, Sept 23, 2017


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August 17, 2017

Reading from The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. Best Selections 2015 – 2017. 13 minutes. 


A shaman-like tale or chant, a story, a Journey toward healing the psyche of the planet, drawing from and evoking all of the great spiritual and wisdom traditions and regional civilizations.


If the old exclusivisms evolved into the exclusivism of the Enlightenment, from the moon, together, we can see universality…


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. I hope that my epic tale might be judged worthy of the best in their thinking and work.



“It’s very contemporary, in some ways, and very much old school… This is really some cool stuff, I have to say, and I’m not just saying that, just to say it. It really is, and when you hear some of his epic poetry and poetry, hopefully you’ll agree and want to grab a copy of The Parliament of Poets. If you’ve done any study of classic epic poetry, this fits the bill. And don’t let that turn you away. It’s really good stuff.” —M. L. Liebler, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


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July 15, 2017

The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem


Epic Poetry Reading, Selections 2015 – 2017


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A shaman-like tale or chant, a story, a Journey toward healing the psyche of the planet, drawing from and evoking all of the great spiritual and wisdom traditions and regional civilizations.


If the old exclusivisms evolved into the exclusivism of the Enlightenment, from the moon, together, we can see universality…


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. I hope that my epic tale might be judged worthy of the best in their thinking and work.


“It’s very contemporary, in some ways, and very much old school… This is really some cool stuff, I have to say, and I’m not just saying that, just to say it. It really is, and when you hear some of his epic poetry and poetry, hopefully you’ll agree and want to grab a copy of The Parliament of Poets. If you’ve done any study of classic epic poetry, this fits the bill. And don’t let that turn you away. It’s really good stuff.” —Introduced by M. L. Liebler, Poet, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


The Parliament of Poets, 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.


The book has twelve chapters, each with three to five cantos, more than forty throughout. I’m going to read excerpts from only four cantos tonight. 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. First, a selection from the very beginning of Book I, chapter one, set on the moon, already at the Apollo 11 landing site, followed by selections from elsewhere in the book.



REVIEWS


“A remarkable poem by a uniquely inspired poet, taking us out of time into a new and unspoken consciousness…” —Kevin McGrath, Lowell House, South Asian Studies, Harvard University


“A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature.” —Hans-George Ruprecht, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


“Mr. Glaysher has written an epic poem of major importance… Truly a major accomplishment and contribution to American Letters.” —ML Liebler, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


“Glaysher is really an epic poet and this is an epic poem! Glaysher has written a masterpiece… I strongly recommend Frederick Glaysher’s poem.” —James Sale (UK), The Society of Classical Poets


“And a fine major work it is.” —Arthur McMaster, Department of English, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina


“I’m extremely impressed with the quality and depth of the writing. So well written. It’s almost like a stepping stone into all this world lit that people might otherwise never touch.” —R. J. Fox, Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


YouTube Playlist – Epic Poetry Readings and Workshop. Copyright (c) 2012-2017 Frederick Glaysher.


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May 19, 2017

Epic Poetry Reading at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.


Ann Arbor, Michigan. May 13, 2017. 7:00 PM.


 


Reading from The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, a shaman-like tale or chant for our time, speaking to the entire planet.


 


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.


 


“Like a story around a campfire.” —From the Audience




 Frederick Glaysher


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April 24, 2017

Poetry Month, Robert Hayden, Space Traveler, & Epic Poetry Reading 2017



Saturday, April 22, 2017. 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch. 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202. Fine Arts Reading Room, 3rd Floor.


In addition to speaking on Hayden and reading from some of his poems dealing with themes about outer space, Glaysher reads two excerpts from his epic poem The Parliament of Poets, in one of which Hayden is a character, the other set in a village in East Congo, where rape has been used as a weapon of war, with Sogolon, a character from the Mali epic Sundiata.


“We are one in our struggles toward perfection. And I hope that we shall always be.” —Robert Hayden, Letter to Frederick Glaysher, November 14, 1979


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REVIEWS


“Like a story around a campfire.” —From the Audience


“A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature.” —Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


“A remarkable poem by a uniquely inspired poet, taking us out of time into a new and unspoken consciousness…” —Kevin McGrath, 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.” —ML Liebler, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


“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.” —James Sale (UK), The Society of Classical Poets


“And a fine major work it is.” —Arthur McMaster, Department of English, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina


“Very intrigued by his background. I’m extremely impressed with the quality and depth of the writing. So well written. It’s almost like a stepping stone into all this world lit that people might otherwise never touch.” —R. J. Fox, Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sept. 11, 2016. https://Youtu.be/YDaPs1dGS4c


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


A stain-glass window in the Detroit Public Library, with Apollo above Erato. 


Frederick Glaysher.
Reading for Poetry Month, April 22, 2017


Frederick Glaysher.
Fine Arts Reading Room


 


YouTube Playlist – Epic Poetry Readings and Workshop. Copyright (c) 2012-2017 Frederick Glaysher.


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March 16, 2017

Into the Ruins: Poems


New Review of Into the Ruins: Poems


Somehow I missed this review online in August, 2016, just stumbling on it now. A pleasure to find… a thoughtful engagement.


 


“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


Frederick Glaysher


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September 13, 2016

Interview. Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

September 11, 2016.


Like many people in our country, I grew up in a family of several Christian denominations and secular outlook. One of my earliest memories is a family gathering at which everyone was fighting and arguing, my mother exclaiming, “Enough! We’re here to celebrate the holiday as a family!” Her wisdom has often come back to me as the years have gone by.


Despite our current culture wars, America really began in pluralism and has always been evolving beyond exclusivism, toward universality, the most profound symbol of which is  the image of Earthrise from the Moon, the great symbol of our time.


At the deepest spiritual level all of the great religious and wisdom traditions agree. To solve the crises that confront us, we human beings on this planet must rediscover the spiritual vision and teachings of human oneness and unity that can bring us together and heal the traumas and conflicts of modernity. On the Moon, I believe that is possible. My hope has always been that, through an imaginative Journey, a shaman’s tale for our time, if you will, through a global epic poem, it might just be possible to help humanity heal enough to make the difference, contribute, help, at least, to encourage a peaceful vision of life on this planet.


Frederick Glaysher


Epic Poetry Interview, Frederick Glaysher, Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016. R. J. Fox, Interviewer and English teacher at Huron High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.



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July 12, 2016

The notion has been raised that my poetry is about “ideas.” I assure my readers that there are, in that sense, no “ideas” in my poetry, for it has been my life-long ambition that Fancy, that highest form of epistemology might reign in that estate, as in the great epics around the world, East and West, Cervantes’s Don Quixote or Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.


Yet in another sense, if you’re really interested in knowing where my “ideas” come from, I invite you to read my five literary books, which together represent more than forty years of study of western and world literature, religious studies, history, and philosophy. In The Grove of the Eumenides, I concentrated especially on the rise of nihilism in modern culture and its spread around the globe, ending with essays looking to the future on the United Nations and epic poetry. My study for it formed the foundation of my epic poem. Much of The Myth of the Enlightenment was written concurrently with my epic and was where I then resolved many issues as I wrote my way through it.


When I was in about my mid-twenties, I had decided that I would follow the example of Virgil, who wrote three books, two often thought of as leading up to his epic poem. When I had looked around at many of the “prominent” poets back then, I felt that I didn’t want to write thirty or seventy books of lyric poetry but “cast all my lot on one book,” as they say. And so my two books of poetry are where I very much felt that I was developing the ability that I needed to write an epic poem, by writing lyrics that developed my voice and sense of language, grappling with what seemed to me the “ruins” of the 20th Century in Into the Ruins, along with a number of dramatic monologues in which I first experimented with “putting on the mask” of a character and speaking through my personae. With The Bower of Nil, I surveyed western philosophy and Buddhism in Japan, speaking through a few characters in a dramatic book-length narrative poem, telling a story of an individual and his family with wider symbolic implications.


In broad outline, this is how I thought and think of my own personal journey toward writing The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. I invite you to read it and my four other literary books which should help you understand what my “ideas” really are and their sources.


Last year I also discussed my development as a poet in “My Odyssey as an Epic Poet: Interview with Frederick Glaysher,” with Arthur McMaster, Contributing Editor, Department of English, Converse College, in Poets’ Quarterly (Spring 2015). ” You might find it of further help in understanding the source of my ideas.


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