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The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem

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Hi Carla,

I spoke with you last year about my epic poem. I finished writing it last fall and published it in late November. Let me know if my reading some of it for your group would be a possibility.

I am now seeking invitations to read from my global, universal epic poem, a story, a tale, The Parliament of Poets. Each of the twelve BOOKS takes about thirty minutes to recite. I recommend a maximum of two BOOKS at any event, though I'm flexible. Being a narrative, the reader needs to hear more than ten or twenty minutes to begin to get a sense of the story. "Like a story around a campfire," one listener remarked. I consider that a high compliment!

I'm an epic poet, rhapsode, poet-critic, and the author or editor of several books. I 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). I hold a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from U of M, the latter in English. I live in Rochester, Michigan. I'd welcome either indoor or open air events.

YouTube has several poetry readings I've given online:

Book Description:

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.

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.

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.


"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, LibraryThing

"Most of the contemporary poets and critics claim that epic is not suitable for our modern age. But Frederick Glaysher has proven them wrong." Ratul Pal, Goodreads

"The poets that are identified in this fascinating book see a universal brotherhood..." Amazon review.

"His work certainly wowed the crowd at the library with the performance and the words themselves...." Thom Francis, Albany Poets News

YouTube has several poetry readings I've given online:

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Or read a Free chapter as a PDF, BOOK I, The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem:

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Email me to set up a reading. Possibly available on short notice or by arrangement. Thanks for your interest!

Frederick Glaysher