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Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher, at Sacred Grounds
August 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
In 1977, Frederick Glaysher took a theatre course in the Interpretative Reading of Poetry, learning that the Greek rhapsodes would travel throughout ancient Greece reciting Homer. Before long the idea of writing an epic poem became compelling and the dream that one day I might also revive the art of the rhapsode.
Thirty years in the making, The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem takes place partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, an epic tale or chant, the story of humanity from Blombos Cave to the dark side of the moon.
In a world of Quantum science, 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 sends the main character, the Poet of the Moon, 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 a new global, universal vision of life.
Glaysher has read more than twenty-five times from his epic poem, mostly in Metro Detroit, at Detroit Public Library, Troy Public Library, universities, cafes, UU churches, the Theosophical Society, and elsewhere. In California, last year he read at Tuesdays at North Beach Library, Cafe International (SF), Florey’s Books (Pacifica), and at the Himalayan (Berkeley).
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“Like a story around a campfire.” —The Audience
“Certainly wowed the crowd at the library with the performance and the words themselves.” —Albany Poets News, New York
“Glaysher has written an epic poem of major importance that is guaranteed to bring joy and an overwhelming sense of beauty and understanding to readers who will travel the space ways with this exquisite poet. While the poem reads like the classic poetry of Milton, it has the contemporary edge of genius modernity. I am truly awed by this poet’s use of epic poetry that today’s readers will connect with, enjoy and savor every word, every line and every section. Frederick Glaysher is a master poet who knows his craft from the inside out, and this is truly a major accomplishment and contribution to American Letters. Once you enter, you will not stop until the end. A landmark achievement. Bravo!” —ML Liebler, Poet, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
“A remarkable poem by a uniquely inspired poet, taking us out of time into a new and unspoken consciousness…” —Kevin McGrath, 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, Canada, author on Goethe, Borges, etc.
“And a fine major work it is.” —Arthur McMaster, Converse College, South Carolina, in Poets’ Quarterly
“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.” —New Consciousness Review Radio, Portland, Oregon
”I am in awe of the brilliance of this book! Everyone must read this book, especially if you enjoy literature, wisdom, and philosophy.” —Anodea Judith, Author, Novato, California