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. Another is the nature of science and
religion, as well as the "two cultures," science and the
humanities. 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. This
text constitutes the ninth draft.
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