Letters from the American Desert: Signposts of a Journey, a Vision Frederick Glaysher

ISBN: 9780967042114

Published: April 15th 2008

Hardcover

174 pages


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Letters from the American Desert: Signposts of a Journey, a Vision  by  Frederick Glaysher

Letters from the American Desert: Signposts of a Journey, a Vision by Frederick Glaysher
April 15th 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 174 pages | ISBN: 9780967042114 | 3.71 Mb

In Letters from the American Desert, Glaysher reflects on the cultural, political, and religious history of Western and non-Western civilizations, pondering the dilemmas of postmodernity.Fully cognizant of the relativism and nihilism of modern life,MoreIn Letters from the American Desert, Glaysher reflects on the cultural, political, and religious history of Western and non-Western civilizations, pondering the dilemmas of postmodernity.Fully cognizant of the relativism and nihilism of modern life, Glaysher finds a deeper meaning and purpose for the individual and the world community in the writings and global vision of Bahaullah, as expressed in The Universal Principles of the Reform Bahai Faith.

Confronting the antinomies of the soul, grounded in the dialectic, Glaysher charts a path beyond the postmodern desert.Alluding to Martin Luther and W. B. Yeats at All Souls Chapel, metaphors for poetry, Glaysher meditates on the universal, moderate form of the Bahai Teachings as interpreted by Abdul-Baha, who had spoken throughout the West in Europe, England, and the United States from 1911 to 1913.

Abdul-Bahas message of the oneness of God, all religions, and humankind holds out a new hope and vision for a world in spiritual and global crisis.Far from a theocracy, the Reform Bahai Faith envisions a separation of church and state as the will of God, in harmony and balance with universal peace, in a global age of permanent pluralism, in a world of multiplicity, where religion is a distinctive mark of the individual, not of collective, communal identity.About the AuthorFrederick Glaysher is an epic poet, poet-critic, and the author or editor of several books.He studied writing under a private tutorial, at the University of Michigan, with the poet Robert Hayden and edited both Haydens Collected Prose (University of Michigan Press) and his Collected Poems (Liveright).

He holds a bachelors and a masters degree from the University of Michigan, the latter in English. At the college and university level, he taught rhetoric, American and non-Western literature, humanities, world religions, etc., for ten years.He lived for more than fifteen years outside Michigan--in Japan, where he 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 his suburban hometown of Rochester.A Fulbright-Hays scholar to China in 1994, he 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, he further explored the conflicts between the traditional regional civilizations of Islamic and Hindu cultures and modernity.He has 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.Much of his book The Grove of the Eumenides forms the background study for his epic poem The Parliament of Poets.Website: http://www.fglaysher.com



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