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Epic Poetry Reading at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore in Ann Arbor at 114 S Main Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

May 13, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
EPIC POETRY READING AT CRAZY WISDOM BOOKSTOREAt Crazy Wisdom Bookstore. Saturday, May 13. 7:00-9:00 PM.In a Fractured, Divisive World, the Poets of All the Nations Guide the Way Toward Peace...The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, by Frederick Glaysher, is a new global, universal vision of life, a tale and chant for our time, a Journey toward healing the psyche of the planet.In a world of Quantum science, Apollo calls all the poets of the nations, ancient and modern, East and West, to assemble…See More
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Poetry Reading, Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher. November 30, 2015.

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"I am seeking invitations to read from my global, universal epic poem, The Parliament of Poets. YouTube >"
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Epic Poet, Rhapsode, Poet-Critic
I'm an epic poet, rhapsode, poet-critic, and the author or editor of ten books.

I am seeking invitations to read from my global, universal epic poem, a story, a tale, The Parliament of Poets.

In a fractured, divisive world, the poets of all nations guide the way toward global peace.

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.

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.

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.

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Poetry Reading, Epic Poetry Reading, Frederick Glaysher reading from Into the Ruins: Poems and The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. November 30, 2015.
Hosted by M. L. Liebler, Poet and Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
Funded by Poets & Writers, Inc. Poets & Pies Series: Special Holiday Edition. Hannan Cafe.


I studied writing under a private tutorial, at the University of Michigan, with the poet Robert Hayden and edited both his prose and poems. I hold a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, the latter in English.

I lived for more than fifteen years outside Michigan—in Japan, where I 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 my suburban hometown of Rochester.

A Fulbright-Hays scholar to China in 1994, I 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, I further explored the conflicts between the traditional regional civilizations of Islamic and Hindu cultures and modernity.

I have 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.

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Reviews of The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem

"Like a story around a campfire." —From the Audience

"A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance . . . in every way partaking of the nature of world literature." Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht, CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

"A remarkable poem by a uniquely inspired poet, taking us out of time into a new and unspoken consciousness..." —Kevin McGrath, Lowell House, South Asian Studies, Harvard University

"Mr. Glaysher has written an epic poem of major importance... Truly a major accomplishment and contribution to American Letters... A landmark achievement Mr. Glaysher. Bravo!" —ML Liebler, Poet and Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

"Glaysher is really an epic poet and this is an epic poem! To put this in context, in my view the last complete and true epic poem in the English Language was Paradise Lost written by John Milton in the 17th century... One can hardly congratulate him enough, then, on this achievement, since it has been so long awaited... One fabulous quality of this poem is its clarity and luminous quality. I love the fact that despite the wide ranging topographical and lexical references this poem is easy to understand and follow: it is a poet writing for people, not one trying to be clever, and not one concealing their lack of poetry in obfuscation. Glaysher has written a masterpiece... I strongly recommend Frederick Glaysher’s poem." —James Sale (UK), The Society of Classical Poets (2,272 words)

"And a fine major work it is." Arthur McMaster, Department of English, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, Contributing Editor, Poets' Quarterly (Spring 2015), in "My Odyssey as an Epic Poet: Interview with Frederick Glaysher."

"Very intrigued by his background. I'm extremely impressed with the quality and depth of the writing. So well written. It's almost like a stepping stone into all this world lit that people might otherwise never touch." —R. J. Fox, Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sept. 11, 2016.

"A devotional work of a poet-seer, one who yearns for and envisions a unified world in which spiritual verities draw all people together." —Bob Dixon-Kolar, Assistant Professor of English, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

"Bravo to the Poet for this toilsome but brilliant endeavour." Umme Salma, Transnational Literature, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

"This Great Poem promises to be the defining Epic of the Age and will be certain to endure for many Centuries. Frederick Glaysher uses his great Poetic and Literary Skills in an artistic way that is unique for our Era and the Years to come. I strongly recommend this book to all those who enjoy the finest Poetry. A profound spiritual message for humanity." —Alan Jacobs, Poet Writer Author, Amazon UK Review, London

"Very readable and intriguingly enjoyable. A masterpiece that will stand the test of time." —Poetry Cornwall, No. 36, England

"Am in awe of its brilliance... Everyone must read this book." —Anodea Judith, Novato, California

"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." —Miriam Knight, Portland, Oregon, New Consciousness Review radio

"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, UK

"A uniquely powerful work." —Spirituality Today, UK

"The Parliament of Poets carried me on the journey of Universality and All is One with the melodic rhythm only poetry can bring. Everyone needs to take this visit to the moon and look about the universe and all that it encompasses with the Awe with which it deserves! this magnificent epic that will raise your eyes to the sky and wonder how someone could capture it all so well!" —Cheryl B. Duttweiler, Fernandina Beach, Florida, Amazon Review

"But possibly even the ambition of these [Odysseus Elytis and Derek Walcott] is dwarfed by what is attempted here." Graham Mummery, Amazon UK Review

"An impassioned plea on behalf of humanity that reaches down and grabs the human longing for the Awakened Heart. ...a very important book for our time." Tina Benson, Transpersonal/Jungian Psychotherapist, Mill Valley, California

"An exquisitely rendered epic poem that weaves ancient and contemporary vision into the heart of modern darkness and the light of eternal hope... 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... The Parliament of Poets is a worthy literary masterpiece... Once read, you know your life was impoverished without it." Julie Clayton, Portland, Oregon, New Consciousness Review

"I especially enjoyed Don Quixote's cameo appearances. Bravo. A fine and enjoyable read." —Marylee MacDonald, Tempe, Arizona, Amazon Review

"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." Dave Gordon, The Jewish Post and News of Winnipeg, Canada

"Beautiful book." Dr. Catherine Al-Meten, Portland, Oregon, The Examiner

"Beautiful poem. excellent piece of poetry." —Nana Fredua-Agyeman, Ghana, Africa, ImageNations

"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." —Mr. P. J. Morris, Amazon UK

"Brilliant writing! I'm in awe... A perfect Christmas gift. But, buyer beware, you'll want it for yourself! Bravo. Well done." Michele Ficano, Las Vegas, Nevada, Amazon Review

"AWESOME BOOK!! 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!" Stanleys Mom, Amazon Review

"Awesome is not a grand enough word to describe the timeless brilliance of these words." Donna Surles, Florida, Amazon Review

"This masterful work goes well beyond the norm for literature of any type... Quite simply a masterpiece..." —Marv Borgman, Prattville, Alabama, Amazon Review

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

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