Frederick Glaysher

Frederick Glaysher

Frederick Glaysher studied writing at the University of Michigan, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, the latter in English.

Mr. Glaysher 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.

He has been a Fulbright-Hays and NEA scholar on China and India and has traveled and studied throughout China. He is the author of several books and is currently working on an epic poem, “The Parliament of Poets.”

To Penelope

And so the gods gave me my homecoming,
and we are together again in our own bed.
Oh to lie here with you after so many years
of war, of trial, of wandering and suffering!

What bliss to hold you in my arms,
to feel your deep kisses and bare breasts on mine,
to wrap our legs together after twenty long years!
O Penelope! Thank the gods we’re together again!

For twenty years I savored the memories
of the wild nights and summer of our youth.
They were nothing compared to this sweet night,
after many hard years of faithfulness and love.

eBook Edition 2010 © Frederick Glaysher

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