Frederick Glaysher
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  • Rochester, MI
  • United States
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Rhapsode, Interpretative Reading, Epic Poet
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I'm an epic poet, rhapsode, poet-critic, and the author or editor of ten books.

In 1977, I 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. Hence, I have never felt comfortable with the conventional poetry reading at a lectern, with a stationary microphone, and am seeking to move away from both to a stage and lavalier.

Reviving also the art of the rhapsode, since publication in late 2012, I have given more than twenty epic poetry readings, at the University of Michigan (Rackham Amphitheatre), Wayne State University, Saginaw Valley State University, the Detroit Public Library, Troy Public Library, Hannan Café, Austin International Poetry Festival, Albany Word Fest, Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, Paint Creek Unitarian Universalist, Birmingham Unitarian Church, Barnes & Noble, BookWoman, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Espresso Royale, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, Himalayan (Berkeley, CA), Tuesdays at North Beach Branch Library (SF), Washington Square Park, Cafe International (SF), Florey's Books (Pacifica, CA), East Side Reading Series, and elsewhere.

Download Brochure for Epic Poetry Readings on my website. https://fglaysher.com/images/Brochure_PDF_2017.pdf

SYNOPSIS

From the moon, together, we can see it, a new global, universal vision of life.

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.

Reading from The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem
Best Selections 2015 - 2017. 13 minutes.
Introduced by M. L. Liebler, Poet, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
https://youtu.be/sCc3DkVy5vA

Or search YouTube for "epic poetry reading."

Brief Bio

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 have 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.

LinkedIn, Epic Poetry Readings on profile
http://www.linkedin.com/in/fglaysher
Website
http://www.fglaysher.com

Reviews of The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem

"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

"A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, in every way partaking of the nature of world literature." Hans Ruprecht, CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, author on Goethe, Borges, etc.

"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, author on the Mahabharata

"Mr. Glaysher has written an epic poem of major importance. A major accomplishment and contribution to American Letters." —ML Liebler, Poet, Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

"Glaysher is really an epic poet and this is an epic poem! Glaysher has written a masterpiece." —The Society of Classical Poets

"And a fine major work it is." Arthur McMaster, Department of English, Converse College, in Poets' Quarterly

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

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

"Am in awe of its brillianceEveryone must read this book." —Anodea Judith, Novato, California, author of The Global Heart Awakens

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Reviving the art of the rhapsode

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In 1977, I 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.

Hence, I have never felt comfortable with the conventional poetry reading at a lectern, with a stationary microphone, and am seeking to move away from both to a…

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