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The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem [Kindle Edition]

Frederick Glaysher
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A new global, universal vision of life!

Thirty years in the making, The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, by Frederick Glaysher, takes place partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility.

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, including Quantum Physics, 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 great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, ingeniously enriching the canon of 'literary epics' while in every way partaking of the nature of world literature. ...Glaysher is in a creative dialog with the greatest epic poets of all time. He is bringing together in beautiful verse form...diverse visions of humanity from all over the world. ...frequently casting them in the form of spatial and cosmic imagery. That is very exalting to the reader's spirit. ...the 'oneness' of humankind in a different light. ...a pure joy. ...a literary work of fine verbal art. ...contemporary 'world literature' at its best." —Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht, CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

"And a fine major work it is." —Arthur McMaster, Converse College, Department of English, South Carolina; Contributing Editor, Poets' Quarterly

"I found this book to be up to the standards set by Homer. ...This book also is very thought provoking as it brings into question what humanity is doing to the Earth and each other." —LibraryThing, Texas

"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

"A uniquely powerful work." —Mr. P. J. Morris, Amazon UK

"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.’s really very readable." —Chris Hislop, Savage, London

"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.... The reader travels with the epic poem’s narrator, and hero, the Persona, exploring their journey throughout the seven continents – and transcending space and time - in order to acquire wisdom from mankind. In the case of the Persona, much of the struggle and the obstacles relate to whether or not he can find his way, or know himself. It is perhaps not a surprise, then, that The Parliament of Poets discusses a cross-cultural milieu, especially given Glaysher’s vast and varied experiences in his own life." —Dave Gordon, The Jewish Post and News, Winnipeg, Canada

"This is a uniquely powerful work that introduces an established and powerful literary tradition to a world that is in desperate need of its essential rhythms and harmonies for spiritual sustenance." —Spirituality Today

"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)…. The lucid and placid feet of the language moves deftly and smoothly from the beginning up to the last line of the poem. Bravo to the Poet for this toilsome but brilliant endeavour." —Umme Salma, Transnational Literature, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

"The review [by Umme Salma] has evocatively summed up the stylistic and thematic magnificence of 'The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem.' A contemporary classic! Highly recommended for reading." —Nishat Haider, Associate Professor, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India

"You know how on space probes they have these little goodie bags full of things. It is my feeling that they should include a copy of The Parliament of Poets, because you give this overview, this panorama of the best of human civilization, the voice of her poets, the voice of her dreamers and thinkers, and done it with great honor to each of them, and so I do want to commend your book to our listeners. 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. So kudos to you, sir! Thirty years were not wasted. If anybody listening has contacts to NASA..." —Miriam Knight, for New Consciousness Review radio

"I was so impressed with The Parliament of Poets. ...I love the vision of Apollo calling all poets and wise people to the moon to debate the meaning of modernity. I mean it's such a contemporary question and it's so deliciously wrapped in history and culture, and the poet, the persona character, he travels many journeys to find the answers to the meaning of modernity. the vision, essentially, is one of a global vision. ...amazing, wonderful book." —Julie Clayton, for New Consciousness Review radio

"In the classic epic poem, the hero suffers many challenges, meets many obstacles, and experiences what Joseph Campbell described as the Hero’s journey.... A hero must meet obstacles, and in the case of the Persona, the obstacles are both internal and external—very Jungian is our hero. The quest for individuation or the coming together in wholeness, is evident as we, the readers/listeners follow the trials and travels of our hero. ...beautiful book." —Dr. Catherine Al-Meten, The Examiner, Portland, Oregon

"Most of the contemporary poets and critics claim that epic is not suitable for our modern age. But Frederick Glaysher has proven them wrong.... He has shown that if a poet has true dedication, if he has unshakable belief in humanity, spirituality and overall progress of human beings, if he hasn't already surrendered himself to the ugliness of decadence, it is possible for him to write an epic, even in modern age. "The Parliament of Poets" has all the grandeur, all the loftiness and qualities which make an "effort for an epic" a "true epic." In essence, "The Parliament of Poets" is a song of unity, an audacious declaration that unity does not mean conformity, it means being in harmony. The poet himself is the main character of this epic poem, who travels to the moon, meets a large number of great poets and writers of the world, comes back to earth to have some glimpses of bygone times. Throughout the entire journey, many poets, writers, sages guide the poet and share their invaluable knowledge and insights...." —Ratul Pal, Bangladesh, Goodreads

"Glaysher...has shown...that with the right subject matter and the right language, one can create an epic poem even in today's age. ...a beautiful poem that falls off the tongue smoothly. excellent piece of poetry." —Nana Fredua-Agyeman, ImageNations, Accra, Ghana, Africa

"Certainly wowed the crowd at the library with the performance and the words themselves." —Albany Poets News, New York

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
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  • Publisher: Earthrise Press (25 Dec. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Frederick Glaysher is an epic poet, rhapsode, poet-critic, and the author or editor of ten books.

He studied writing under a private tutorial, at the University of Michigan, with the poet Robert Hayden and edited both Hayden's Collected Prose (University of Michigan Press) and his Collected Poems (Liveright). He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Michigan, the latter in English. At the college and university level, he taught rhetoric, American and non-Western literature, humanities, world religions, etc., for ten years.

He lived for more than fifteen years outside Michigan--in Japan, where he taught at Gunma University in Maebashi; in Arizona, on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation, site of one of the largest internment camps for Japanese-Americans during WWII; in Illinois, on the central farmlands and on the Mississippi; ultimately returning to his suburban hometown of Rochester.

A Fulbright-Hays scholar to China in 1994, he studied at Beijing University, the Buddhist Mogao Caves on the old Silk Road, and elsewhere in China, including Hong Kong and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. While a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar in 1995 on India, he further explored the conflicts between the traditional regional civilizations of Islamic and Hindu cultures and modernity.

He has been an outspoken advocate of the United Nations, an accredited participant at the UN Millennium Forum (2000), and attended the UNA Members Day 2012 on the Millennium Development Goals, held in the General Assembly Hall.

Much of his book The Grove of the Eumenides forms the background study for his epic poem The Parliament of Poets.


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5.0 out of 5 stars In Search of Global Poetic Vision 14 Aug. 2014
By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Before reading this epic poem, I was unfamiliar with Frederick Glasher's work, yet a look in the catalogue shows he has a substantial body of work behind him. What attracted me was the ambition in this work, which attempts to look at what poetic traditions, ancient and modern might have to offer to a world which perhaps has lost touch with its spiritual and ecological centre of gravity.

The poem is described as epic suggestive of ambition. Mention epic poetry and chances are most would think of the likes of Homer, or Virgil or the Ramayana from which the Bhagavad Gita comes. In many ways it goes against the way many twentieth century poets have written, though there have been longer poems that have epic qualities, for example Odysseus Elytis's The Axion Esti, or Derek Walcott's Omeros by Walcott, Derek ( Author ) ON Jan-03-1998, Paperback. But possibly even the ambition of these is dwarfed by what is attempted here.

The writer of Parliament of Poets, Frederick Glaysher is obviously aware of this as he states in his introduction to his long poem. He names his poetic models as Farid Attar's and Chaucer, themselves mighty predecessors. Attar's poem The Conference of the Birds (Classics) is a spiritual odyssey, while the Chaucer poem is unknown to me, but I will be seeking it out after reading this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars To the Moon and Back in one Epic Tale 20 Jan. 2015
'The Parliament of Poets' is, in the truest sense of the word, an epic poem. Whilst not grandiose in its execution it does deal with one of the greatest challenges to face humanity at this moment in its history - namely the desparate need for a spirituality context that serves humanity going foreward.

The style of the narrative is engaging and flows with colour and descriptive intent whilst not being overly 'flowery' in a way that so ofetn befalls many other inspired poets. Indeed the story is grounded in contemprary issues and includes moments of humour and sardonic wit which are enjoyable.

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.

Recommended reading for those who enjoy the tradition of mythological story-telling through rythmn and allegory.

Please note that this independent review has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by Earthrise Press.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Consciousness 8 Mar. 2013
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I loved this book as a help in focusing on our human family. The image of our green-blue planet from the moon is a symbol of humanity without borders. Perhaps this is the greatest image ever seen. "The indifferent wealthy, whose souls had grown cold, hardens against human cries of hunger and pain". "Our duty is to give hope to the hopeless, love to the loveless, sustenance to the poor". "The man that is kind and righteous, treating all as his own, attains immortal being"
The poets that are identified in this fascinating book see a universal brotherhood, as to why they are full of love for our planet. The eternal and universal creative process is in every man, women and child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Masterpeice For Modernity 6 Jun. 2014
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The Parliament of Poets is an exquisitely rendered epic poem that weaves ancient and contemporary vision into the heart of modern darkness and the light of eternal hope. The author writes himself into the narrative, a present-day unsung poet spirited to the moon, where poets, bards, and minstrels (major and minor) from all cultures and ages have convened, called by Lord Apollo. The assembly gathers and Cervantes (best known for his magnum opus Don Quixote) proclaims:

“In high consultation, we shall find the way
back home, to the depths of man’s soul,
what we have known and sung about for our
peoples, that they might find wisdom through delight.”

The parliament agrees they will help “Persona,” the would-be poet, by guiding him on his journey of seeking and questions—to learn from the spiritual and wisdom traditions the global vision that will remind Mankind how to “walk the good road again.” Persona departs from the moon and traverses the multiverse, returning four times to Earth’s seven continents, escorted by and peopled with “old friends, long known, but never met face to face.” The author’s intimate encounters with these familiar masters are elegantly and beautifully conveyed through shades of meaning, nuanced references that acquaint—or reacquaint—us with their poetic personnage

Readers are transported into the heart and mind of Cervantes, the wisdom of Job, to the ancient cave of Lescaux and the Valley of a Thousand Temples, from riding moonbeams to the red-stained stream of human civilization clogged with bodies; we greet Virgil and Homer, Dante and Milton, Rumi and Hafiz, Du Fu and Basho, poets of the Ramayana and griots from Africa, shamans from Indonesia and Australia, Murasaki Shikibu, Emily Dickenson and Jane Austen, Hayden and Tennyson, Chief Seattle and Black Elk, Rumi and Milarepa, Shakespeare, Celtic Merlin…and so many other keepers of the living presence. The power of women and the feminine spirit weaves throughout—the freestanding muse, goddess, and Earth Mother to all things sacred; witness to the Truth. Science, religion, culture, and the humanities is another collective theme undergirding the writing.

Although the cast of characters is primarily disembodied spirits, this epic presents wholly perceptible concerns about the meaning of modernity (“a shallow culture undermines everything”), as well as the flourishing of the human spirit, using modern and accessible language and traditional iambic verse. However, the experience of reading this book defies attempts to describe it: poetry, like any art, means many things to many people. 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.

“Always the world awaits the poet who can find the right words, more so now than ever,” says Tolstoy, final words of counsel to Persona after his many crossings. In this book are such words and the author, like Gandhi, must surely be “wrapped in selfless practice”—dedicating thirty years of his life to finding them on our behalf. Parliament of Poets is a worthy literary masterpiece, the author a curator of the human story, and the book a living cultural artifact. Once read, you know your life was impoverished without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Important Book Of Our Times 29 Oct. 2013
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I believe Frederick Glaysher's book, The Parliament of Poets, is one of the most important books of our times. In this grand sweeping epic, Glaysher has managed to live up to the task given to him by The Parliament of Poets. At a gathering on the moon of many of the most important poets of all time, Glaysher as the Persona is given the task of creating a new vision for humanity; one of Unity and Oneness of humankind. As he travels around the globe, throughout history, guided by the various poets and thinkers of days gone by, he has the vantage point of viewing humanity's oneness from the overview perspective of the moon, synthesizing and integrating the great thinkers of all time. He has returned from these journeys to the moon and back with an epic poem that manages to fulfill the task given to him. He manages to create for the reader a tangible vision of our shared humanity, and makes an impassioned plea that we WAKE UP before we destroy ourselves and our one precious planet. His is an inspired epic that integrates the ancient wisdom teachings of the world's greatest wisdom teachers and poets and breathlessly leaves the reader returned safely to Earth with a new vision and sense of responsibility towards our shared humanity. It is a very important book for our times and a MUST READ!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK!! 13 Jan. 2014
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome is not a grand enough word to describe the ... 15 Mar. 2015
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A timeless cast of characters existing epically. Awesome is not a grand enough word to describe the timeless brilliance of these words.
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