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Now online, my address, "Robert Hayden’s Angle of Ascent," delivered at Wayne State University, ROBERT HAYDEN/DUDLEY RANDALL CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM, Department of Africana Studies, April 2, 2014.

Emphasizing the continuing influence of Robert Hayden, Phillip Richards of Colgate University, educated at Yale University and the University of Chicago, writes, in his 2006 book, Black Heart: The Moral Life of Recent African American Letters, “In the long view of African-American poetry, Hayden’s symbolist poetry has proved more influential than the Black Arts movement…. Hayden, years after his death, remains our most influential black poet, and his followers the most productive and distinguished school of artist intellectuals” (178)....

http://fglaysher.com/TheGlobe/2014/04/03/robert-haydens-angle-ascent/
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Now online, my address, "Robert Hayden’s Angle of Ascent," read at Wayne State University, ROBERT HAYDEN/DUDLEY RANDALL CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM, April 2, 2014.

Emphasizing the continuing influence of Robert Hayden, Phillip M. Richards of Colgate University, educated at Yale University and the University of Chicago, writes, in his 2006 book, Black Heart: The Moral Life of Recent African American Letters, “In the long view of African-American poetry, Hayden’s symbolist poetry has proved more influential than the Black Arts movement…. Hayden, years after his death, remains our most influential black poet, and his followers the most productive and distinguished school of artist intellectuals” (178)....

http://fglaysher.com/TheGlobe/2014/04/03/robert-haydens-angle-ascent/
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Reading from my book of lyric poems, Into the Ruins, March 31, 2014, at the Birmingham Unitarian Church, Birmingham, Michigan.

Read a Free selection from Into the Ruins: Poems
http://www.amazon.com/Into-Ruins-Frederick-Glaysher/dp/0967042194/

http://youtu.be/d8-a25AQBBw
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Last Sunday I was interviewed for four hours by Elizabeth Hoover who is writing a biography of Robert Hayden. She's the assistant director at the Furious Flower Poetry Center, James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We had a pleasant afternoon conversation. ...many memories. 

Ms. Hoover first interviewed me by phone for two hours in 2008, recorded and on my website: 

http://fglaysher.com/Recentering_turning_of_the_tide_%20and_Robert_Hayden.html
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My Agenda (since someone asked) with Addendum - Caesar gets his coin but not our souls. 

Far from the blueprint of post-structuralism for a totalitarian postmodernity, which ironically props up predatory corporate capitalism and the pervasive surveillance state, from the moon, we can see the Will of the People of the Planet for balanced, Cooperative Global Governance that controls and regulates oligarchic greed for the well-being of all of humanity.

I submit, that is the cry heard round the world... for relief. The saddest part of the spectacle is that there is so little historical memory that history has to repeat the lesson, usually (I regret to say I probably should write "always") at a more tragic level of intensity, apparently in order to get the attention of leaders who ought to know better but continue to whistle in the dark.

Cooperative Global Governance or ever-worsening social upheavals and oppression... and debacles of nationalism. Take your pick. Cooperative Global Governance or a globe where Brave New World and 1984 look tame, accompanied by Distopian and Utopian organizations, of various kinds, both fanatically religious and fanatically secular, both forms of intolerant exclusivisms. The key word is "cooperative," what the world has been working at, by fits and starts, for over sixty years with the United Nations, despite all the use of it as a "tool" of nationalisms.

Another way to phrase all this is that slavery is barbaric, despicable, and leads to unhappiness among the people, destroying their spirit, often causing unpleasantries to arise from below. While it might last for a while under force, slavery seldom lasts without the most dire consequences. Human beings flourish under an Economy of Love, which is to say the material is nothing; the spirit everything. In balance, we strive to live out our lives for the humane good of ourselves and others.

So, this is my "agenda"--that the money-changers in the temple not be mistaken for God, that the suffering of humanity throughout the Ages count for something after all. God is not an idea, including this idea, but an experience, the ground of our being, to which we shall return.

The fascist, Nazi values and politics of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Paul de Man, Derrida, et al., were not conducive to civilizing, peaceful ends but symptoms of Western lust for worldly power and decadence. Romanticizing them, and others like them, in the university has not been a great success for world civilization.

From the moon, we human beings can see what is of real and lasting value.

Addendum - Caesar gets his coin but not our souls. 

Implement Robert Reich's recommendations in his book "Aftershock," including or in addition to:

Return to a Graduated Income Tax of 70% on the mega-wealthy and corporations.
De-monopolize the Media from the four or six major corporations to 50 to 100.
Change corporate law so that they are beholding first to the people.
Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act.
Reverse Citizens United.
Regulate corporations and their products.
Limit and regulate corporate lobbying.
End "campaign contributions" by corporations.
Prosecute and imprison perpetrators of the corporate bribing of politicians.
Prosecute and imprison politicians who accept bribery.
Profit sharing, with its producers, of all corporate wealth above a determined level.
National health care.
Elect Elizabeth Warren as President, 2014.

The Volcker Rule
"Enforce the spirit as well as the letter of the law against the wishes of powerful banks." A half-step in the right direction... now follow it up:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/13/opinion/finally-the-volcker-rule.html

Robert Reich
http://www.robertreich.org
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The poetry readings this afternoon at the Wayne State University centennial symposium for Robert Hayden and Dudley Randall went really well today, with a dozen poets reading, ML Liebler & his Magic Poetry Band gave a dynamite interpretation of Hayden's Those Winder Sundays, spoken word artist Jessica Care Moore poured out a fiery torrent on a number of themes, Bill Harris a very beautiful elegy for Hayden, Naomi Long Madgett, Al Young, Terry Blackhawk and Inside Out Poets a rousing defense of poetry in the schools and Detroit, with other poets, including Caroline Maun reading a few of her poems and one by Hayden that's too often neglected. Herb Martin, famous for his rendering of Paul Laurence Dunbar, gave a stirring reading of Hayden's Frederick Douglass, a poem which he had read last September at the first event held by WSU at which I had the pleasure to hear him read for the first time.

Closing the afternoon was Melba Boyd, with the Department of Africana Studies. She was central to putting on what has been an outstanding series in memory of Randall and Hayden. It had to require a great deal of sacrifice and devotion on her part to pull off, on so many levels and ways, behind the scenes. It was an honor to be invited by her to participate, speak on Hayden, as well as read an excerpt from my epic poem, the canto in which he's a character. Few poets live on in the hearts and minds of readers a hundred years after their death. Hayden and Randall have proved they're still very much alive for their readers and have earned a lasting place in American and African-American literature and poetry.

Now, online, my address, "Robert Hayden’s Angle of Ascent," read yesterday at Wayne State University, ROBERT HAYDEN/DUDLEY RANDALL CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM, April 2, 2014.
Emphasizing the continuing influence of Robert Hayden, Phillip M. Richards of Colgate University, educated at Yale University and the University of Chicago, writes, in his 2006 book, Black Heart: The Moral Life of Recent African American Letters, “In the long view of African-American poetry, Hayden’s symbolist poetry has proved more influential than the Black Arts movement…. Hayden, years after his death, remains our most influential black poet, and his followers the most productive and distinguished school of artist intellectuals” (178)....

http://fglaysher.com/TheGlobe/2014/04/03/robert-haydens-angle-ascent/
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New Amazon Review >>> The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem
"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!"

http://www.amazon.com/The-Parliament-Poets-Epic-Poem/dp/098267788X/
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Robert Hayden/Dudley Randall Centennial takes place Wednesday and Thursday, April 2-3. It celebrates the life and work of two of Detroit's most renowned poets and their impact on the wellbeing of the city.

Melba Boyd is a Wayne State University distinguished professor and poet. Joining her is ML Liebler, a widely published Detroit poet, literary arts activist and arts organizer. The two perform live in studio and discuss the significance of poetry in society and the history of Detroit. 

http://wdet.org/shows/craig-fahle-show/episode/april-poetry-month/
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Robert Hayden - Dudley Randall Centennial Symposium, Wayne State University, Detroit, April 2-3, 2014. A readable PDF copy of the poster.

I'll be talking about Hayden's "Angle of Ascent" and reading an excerpt from my epic poem in which Hayden's a character.

Hope you can make it!

http://fglaysher.com/TheGlobe/2014/03/25/robert-hayden-dudley-randall-centennial-symposium/
Robert Hayden - Dudley Randall Centennial Symposium, Wayne State University, April 2-3, 2014. I'll be talking about Hayden's "Angle of Ascent" and reading an excerpt from my epic poem in which Hayden's a character.
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Last week I approved the proof for one of Robert Hayden's previously unpublished poems, "Indian Pipes," forthcoming in The New Yorker, sometime in the next "two or three months, although it could be sooner." Breathtaking finally to see it set in type!
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Welcome. I'm an epic poet, rhapsode, poet-critic, and the author or editor of several books. 

Thirty years in the making, published in late November 2012, my epic poem, "The Parliament of Poets," takes place partly on the moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility. 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 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. 

"Very readable and intriguingly enjoyable. ...a masterpiece that will stand the test of time." —Poetry Cornwall, No 36, England. May 2013.

"One of the most important books of our time. ...a new vision for humanity; one of Unity and Oneness of humankind. ...synthesizing and integrating the great thinkers of all time. ...a tangible vision of our shared humanity. ...an impassioned plea that we WAKE UP before we destroy ourselves and our one precious planet. ...an inspired epic that integrates the ancient wisdom teachings of the world's greatest wisdom teachers and poets. ...a new vision and sense of responsibility towards our shared humanity. ...a MUST READ!!!!" Amazon Review, Free Chapter: 
http://www.amazon.com/review/R1WA3YUZ8BB380/

"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... Glaysher is in a creative dialog with the greatest epic poets of all time. He is bringing together in beautiful verse form...diverse visions of humanity from all over the world. ...frequently casting them in the form of spatial and cosmic imagery. A pure joy...contemporary 'world literature' at its best." 
—Dr. Hans-George Ruprecht, CKCU Literary News, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. August 6, 2013. ENCOREhttp://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/414/13077.html

"Most of the contemporary poets and critics claim that epic is not suitable for our modern age. But Frederick Glaysher has proven them wrong.... 'The Parliament of Poets' has all the grandeur, all the loftiness and qualities which make an 'effort for an epic' a 'true epic.' In essence, 'The Parliament of Poets' is a song of unity, an audacious declaration that unity does not mean conformity, it means being in harmony." —Ratul Pal, Bangladesh, Goodread.

"...a beautiful poem that falls off the tongue smoothly. All through this epic poem, the Poet of the Moon is addressing or discussing the Buddhist concept of Itai Doshin or the unity of the mind in the midst of diversity, which is also the concept that underpins the Ubuntu philosophy, which translates into 'I am, because we are'. The poet talks about peaceful coexistence, that oneness of us as a people of the earth and with our environment. He sees rapacious quest for wealth as unhealthy, impacting negatively on us as a people. He believes that everything should be done to advance the course of humanity and not an individual. He believes that science and religion should not be antagonists but should both work to advance the course of humanity. The problem comes when the sole end of scientific research becomes profit. And here one should equally add religion, with regards to the springing up of churches whose ultimate goal is making money for the founders. In effect the poet wants to see the unity of what he calls 'false dichotomies': science and religion, reason and intuition, material and spiritual, white and black, and others. ...an excellent piece of poetry." —Nana Fredua-Agyeman, Ghana, Africa, ImageNations: http://freduagyeman.blogspot.com/2013/10/41-parliament-of-poets-by-frederick.html

"I found this book to be up to the standards set by Homer. ...very thought provoking as it brings into question what humanity is doing to the Earth and each other."—LibraryThing, Texas. 

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

Read a free chapter, BOOK I, of The Parliament of Poets on Amazon US or UK.
http://www.amazon.com/Parliament-Poets-Epic-Poem-ebook/dp/B00AAQCCU0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366478142&sr=1-1

Or on Barnes & Noble,
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-parliament-of-poets-frederick-glaysher/1112448232

As a free PDF:
http://www.books.fglaysher.com/media/FGlaysher_The_Parliament_of_Poets_Book_I.pdf

YouTube: Several Epic Poetry Readings and an Epic Poetry Workshop 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=89Z1PVjYmIw

Website:
http://www.fglaysher.com/


Political Views: Cooperative Global Governance, under a seriously developed United Nations, or successor institution, preferably prior to a nuclear, biological, or chemical apocalypse. Member/Board Member, UN Association of Greater Detroit UNA-USA. 2000/2012-2013.

Religious Views: Transcendence, Universality—God is not in a box—Reform Bahai Faith, Unitarian Universalist, Tolstoy's Calendar of Wisdom, Emperor Akbar's Divine Faith, Adi Brahmo Samaj, Tagore's Religion of Man, and the universal teachings of Christ, essentially the Shema and the Golden Rule, not the doctrines Tolstoy rightly called "sorcery." That is, my "religious views" seek what all the great mystics, "heretics," and poets have sought throughout human history, East and West. By definition, "organized" or "institutional religion" is no longer religion. Participant/Member of the Leadership Team, Troy-area Interfaith Group. 2010-2013.

“The heart of so great a mystery cannot ever be reached by following one road only." -- Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (c. 345 – 402).

"Now it has become clear to me, that it cannot be wisdom to assert the truth of one faith over another. In our troubled world so full of contradictions, the wise person makes justice his guide and learns from all. Perhaps in this way the door may be opened again whose key has been lost." -- Emperor Akbar
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