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 he 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 and shaman-like chant, the story of humanity from Blombos Cave to the dark side of the moon.
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. One of the major themes is the power of women and the female spirit across cultures.
FREDERICK GLAYSHER is an epic poet, rhapsode, poet-critic, and the author or editor of ten books.
Glaysher has performed more than twenty-five times from his epic poem in Metro Detroit, universities, cafes, UU churches, the Theosophical Society, Albany and Buffalo New York, Austin International Poetry Festival, and elsewhere. In California, last year, he read at Tuesdays at North Beach Library, Cafe International, Floreys Books, and at the Himalayan.