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Frederick GlaysherBy Frederick Glaysher
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Frederick GlaysherBy Frederick Glaysher
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About

Epic Poetry, in Performance, on StageThe Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, by Frederick Glaysher.

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

"Certainly wowed the crowd at the library with the performance [boldface added] and the words themselves." —Thom Francis, Albany Poets News, New York.

Thirty years in the making, in late 2012, I finished and published The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem. Now after several public readings and as many reviews, my Kickstarter Project is to take it to humanity, in Performance, on Stage, at a Michigan theatre, in 2014. At approximately thirty minutes per chapter, I would read the first three chapters or "Books" of the epic, with the action already in mid-stream on the moon.

In ancient Greece, the rhapsodes, reciters of epic poetry, an oral art, traveled throughout the Greek world, from city to city, reciting the tales of Homer. Nearly thirty-five years ago I had a theatre class in the interpretation of poetry that set me to dreaming of writing an epic poem and then traveling worldwide to recite it, like Dickens, Twain, and Tagore. Now I am ready, epic in hand, to commence that journey! ...a journey toward healing the psyche of the planet.

I believe that the imagination is at the core of all human endeavor, and that an imaginative vision of a New Global, Universal Vision of Life on this Planet can help inspire people to make it a reality. Together, from the moon, we can see it.

We human beings can change, enlarge, expand our Vision, when we choose to, need to... and it changes everything.

Please pledge your support to bring the vision we all long for to the attention of humanity. I cannot do it alone. I could study and write alone for decades, needed to, but now I must turn to others to aid me in reaching an audience. I don't have the necessary financial resources. *Vote* with your support for a new vision of life! ...help this dream become reality. 

The Parliament of Poets is set 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. 

"Very readable and intriguingly enjoyable. ...a masterpiece that will stand the test of time." —Les Merton, Poetry Cornwall, England.

"A new vision for humanity; one of Unity and Oneness of humankind. ...synthesizing and integrating the great thinkers of all time. ...an impassioned plea that we WAKE UP before we destroy ourselves and our one precious planet. ...a very important book for our time." —Tina Benson, Amazon Review; Goodreads, California.

"A great epic poem of startling originality and universal significance, ingeniously enriching the canon of 'literary epics' while in every way partaking of the nature of world literature. ...contemporary 'world literature' at its best." —Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht, CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Read a Free Sample Chapter, Book I, on Amazon (USA, UK), Barnes & Noble, or as a PDF. http://fglaysher.com/images/FGlaysher_The_Parliament_of_Poets_Book_I.pdf

THE ARGUMENT - A brief headnote sketch of each chapter or "Book." PDF. http://fglaysher.com/images/THE_ARGUMENT_The_Parliament_of_Poets.pdf

YouTube Playlist, Epic Poetry Readings. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq71Y8fYes8&playnext=1&list=PL21F9D6C4DA6FE818

See my website and my LinkedIn Profile for details (links under full bio).

Risks and challenges

I don't feel comfortable with the typical format for a poetry reading, at a lectern. I prefer an uncluttered stage, without a lectern, and tend to a moderately interpretative, dramatic style of Performance and reading that allows me to move around a little with the drama in my head.

I intend to build on my Kickstarter Performance by performing during the next five years at theatres all over Michigan, the USA, and the world, reaching humanity with a New Global, Universal Vision of Life on this Planet!

Please Share this Kickstarter Project with friends and family, blogs and elsewhere, the media, whatever you can do, and help spread the word about The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem, *in Performance, on Stage*.

Every pledge matters. 9,000 pledges of $1.00 would create an audience, while 1 pledge of $9,000 would pay the bills for the audience that can no longer afford even $1.00. Maecenas, where are you? CanGrande della Scalla, where is your beneficence? I will read for you at your villa on the Esquiline Hill! I will read in Verona at your palace! ...anywhere on Earth!

I'm very grateful for your help. See you at the Performance! Journey to the moon!

Date: Spring, 2014
Location: Michigan theatre to be announced
Costs:
Theatre space and management team
Rehearsal coaching and space
Props/set
Lighting/sound
Videography
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