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Hardcover. ISBN: 9780982677889. eISBN 9780982677865. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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 darkness of the starry universe.
"Very readable and intriguingly enjoyable. ...Frederick Glaysher's hours of dedication have produced a masterpiece that will stand the test of time." - Les Merton, Poetry Cornwall, No 36. Spring 2013
Goodreads, Ratul Pal, Jan 25, 2013, rated it "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. Besides giving the pure joy of poetry, this epic will certainly enrich a reader's geographical-political-architectural knowledge...." (less)
LibraryThing, "A wonderful book. As a fan of poetry and especially epic poetry 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. I highly recommend it." ( )
| wtshehan | Oct 25, 2012
Albany Poets News, Thom Francis, Feb 8, 2013. "If you were at the 2012 Albany Word Fest Open Mic at the Albany Public Library you will remember Frederick Glaysher and his epic poem The Parliament of Poets. His work certainly wowed the crowd at the library with the performance and the words themselves...." http://albanypoets.com/2013/02/frederick-glayshers-the-parliament-of-poets/
The Grove of the Eumenides: Essays on Literature, Criticism, and Culture.
“New Titles Elected for Essay and General Literature Index,” September 2007, H. W. Wilson Co.
Hardcover. ISBN-13: 9780967042183. ISBN-10: 0967042186. eISBN: 9780982677841. Earthrise Press, 2007. 337 pages. $24.95. Available online or order through any bookstore.
East and West meet in a new synthesis of a global vision of humankind—ranging over classic literature, ancient and modern, both Western and non-Western, from the dilemmas of modernity in Yeats, Eliot, Milosz, Bellow, Dostoevsky, to Lu Xun, Ryuichi Tamura, Kenzaburo Oe, Naguib Mahfouz, R. K. Narayan, among others, from mimesis and deconstruction to the United Nations, with extensive essays on Chinese, Japanese, and South-Asian literature. Glaysher invokes a global vision beyond the prevailing conceptions of life and literature that have become firmly entrenched in contemporary world culture. Acutely perceptive of the spiritual and moral nuances of literature, criticism, and culture, Glaysher confronts the loss of religious faith in the modern world and breaks through to a vision of the unity of the human longing for transcendence. The New York Review of Books
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The Bower of Nil: A Narrative Poem.
Hardcover. Earthrise Press, 2002. Reverberations. ISBN-10: 0967042178. ISBN-13: 978-0967042176. eISBN: 9780982677827. 71 pages. $21.95.
Moving beyond Postmodernism, overturning the nihilism of Nietzsche, Peter Marsh, an academic philosopher, weighs modern life in a conversation with his friend, David Emerson, a businessman. Brought together after long separation by the brutal murder of Mary, Peter’s wife, a time of devastating loss and crisis, their friendship inspires a dark night of the soul, during which Peter’s meditations range over several hundred years of philosophy, politics, religion, social change, the dilemmas of existence, evoking a vision of the complexities of the 21st Century, the United Nations, and global governance.
Into the Ruins: Poems.
Beyond Postmodernism, overturning the nihilism of the age, Into the Ruins confronts much of the human experience left out of the balance by postmodern poetry, often compared to the Alexandrians and the Neoterics, when writers similarly concentrated on the minor themes of personal life, while ignoring the challenging experience of the public realm. Suffused with a global tragic vision, into the ruins of the 20th Century, Glaysher has his gaze fixed firmly on the 21st.
Crow Hunting: Songs of Innocence. An eChapbook.
eChapbook. Preface. Earthrise Press, 2010. 26 pages. ISBN 9780967042152. Non-DRM. $5.99.
From the Preface: ". . . so I sought in words of poetry to intimate to an age of doctrinaire nihilism that God still exists, calls us always, if only we will pray and listen to Her."
An eChapbook of nine poems written after such mystic poets as Henry Vaughan, Blake, Bryant, Emerson, Basho, Hafez, Attar, Rumi, and Tagore.
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Letters from the American Desert: Signposts of a Journey, A Vision.
Drawing on his experience living in Asia and Arizona, as well as his reading of classical literature, both East and West, Frederick Glaysher invokes a global vision beyond the prevailing conceptions entrenched in postmodernism and postmodernity. In Letters from the American Desert, Glaysher reflects on the cultural, political, and religious history of Western and non-Western civilizations, pondering the dilemmas of postmodernity, in a compelling struggle for spiritual knowledge and truth. Fully cognizant of the relativism and nihilism of modern life, Glaysher finds a deeper meaning and purpose for the individual and the world community in the writings and global vision of Baha’u’llah, as expressed in the Reform Bahai Faith. Confronting the antinomies of the soul, grounded in the dialectic, Glaysher charts a path beyond the postmodern desert. Alluding to Martin Luther and W. B. Yeats at All Souls Chapel, "metaphors for poetry," Glaysher invites readers to consider the implications of the universal, moderate form of the Bahai Teachings as interpreted by Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’u’llah’s son, who had spoken throughout the West in Europe, England, and the United States from 1911 to 1913. Abdu’l-Baha’s message of the oneness of God, all religions, and humankind holds out a new hope and vision for a world in spiritual and global crisis. Far from a theocracy, the Reform Bahai Faith envisions a separation of church and state as the will of God, in harmony and balance with universal peace, in a global age of permanent pluralism, in a world of multiplicity, where religion is a reflection of individual distinctiveness, not of communal identity.
"Riveting! I was unable to put it down until completion in the wee hours. As the journey of the writer took many years to complete, it reminded me, too, of my Bahai journey.... Strangely, I had never remembered seeing Abdu'-Baha's 1912 Covenant, anywhere. Where was it hidden? Is there more such documented evidence being surpressed?" –Reform Bahai Faith Forum
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