Saturday, February 5, 2022

NEALL'S BLOG: PART 22





The WRITING & EDITING
TESTIMONIALS, and
the Published Photo Art
and
POETRY

of

Neall Calvert

C a m p b e l l  R i v e r ,  V a n c o u v e r  I s l a n d , 
B C ,  C a n a d a


[ * There are 16 pieces of writing on the mystical
path in this blog: essays, articles and poems.
The 'blog archive' or Table of Contents
is located below the tall, narrow image at left.
Click on a white triangle to open it. *
]



One-World Jewel  © 2022 by Neall Calvert



 
 
 
* In March 2019, Neall was accepted into
 
the League of Canadian Poets as 
an associate member. *
 
 
 
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Links to Poems Published Online:

 
 
Two poems,"River Love" and "You Mountains There!,"
appear in the full-colour magazine Strathcona Collective 
Vol. 5, Summer 2022, published out of Campbell River, 
BC, in both print and online editions. They earlier appeared 
in the art-filled book Vistas of the West: Poems and Visuals 
of Nature (Calgary: Durvile, 2019). See:
 
See (or order) the Calgary book at: durvile.com/books/Vistas.html
 
Comments on "River Love":
 
* A lovely theme. I like the relationship with nature
that you express, especially her response to you.  C.M.

* Its like an orphan rediscovering his long-lost loving 
parent (mother) and experiencing her embrace.  J.S.

* I like this treatment of a very spiritual moment.  G.W.

 
 
 

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One of the first poems I wrote, "Raining Glory," appears
as the daily Poetry Pause selection for June 1, 2022 by
the League of Canadian Poets (1,000 subscribers):
 
 
 
 
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At my Neall Calvert, Poet Facebook site: See my poem
"The Whole Forest" and a link to a positive review of the 2022 
Caitlin Press book Worth More Standing: Poets and Activists 
Pay Homage to Trees in which this poem appears (page 151):
 
 
* We waited all day for your poem to arrive. — D.L.
 

Comment above is by someone who, at a poetry reading, asked for 
a copy of “The Whole Forest.” It has also been published by the 
Cobourg, ON poet laureate in the online eChapbook  
Lessons from the Earth on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. See:  
 





Beaver Lodge Forest Lands (2)       (c) 2022 by N.C.


 
 
 
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 Three poems, "The Man Outside My Door," "The Day Words
Didn't Fail Me" and
"Poem Long in the Making," published
by Dreamers Creative Writing, appear here: 
 
 
 
 
 
A poem on hummingbirds, "Learning Humming," appears 
as the League of Canadian Poets' January 28, 2021 
Poetry Pause daily selection. See: 
 
 
 
 
 
The poem "Meditation on a Washing Line" appears as the League
of Canadian Poets' March 29, 2021 Poetry Pause daily selection:

. . . and also in Open Minds Quarterly 21/2, Summer 2019.
Commented editor Ella Jane Myers: "Your poem was a 
striking piece that stuck with me for days after I read it. 
The purity of emotion captured in just a few lines is 
the perfect combination of literary science and art."




 
 The poem "Circling," which was previously published in  
The Men's Journal in California and Thunder Stick 
in Vancouver, appears as the League of Canadian Poets' 
January 25, 2022 Poetry Pause daily selection. See
 
 
 
 
 
The poem "Middle-Aged Man Meets His Inner Feminine" 
appears in Issue #1 of The Flying Saucer Poetry 
Review, out of Austin, TX. See: 
 
 
 
 
 
A poem on crows, "Natural Monarchy," appears in the League of
Canadian Poets' Fresh Voices online journal #16 (last poem
in the collection): poets.ca/npm19-fresh-voices-16/
 
 
 
 
 
The poem "Against Coffee as the Holy Grail" appears in
Borrowed Solace Vol. 1.2, print edition, which can be
purchased for US$4.50 here:
borrowedsolace.com/product/borrowed-solace-issue-1-2/


 



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What readers are saying 
about Neall Calvert’s other
POETRY and his ESSAYS:
 
 
  
* Our editors and readers marked your poetry as some 
that stood above the rest. . . . We see you poet. 

                                                                        — Palette Poetry, U.S.A.
 


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 * Well done! 
  David Carpenter, senior Canadian writer, 14 books published

(Poem: Turn Crosses Into Art)




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* An exquisite poem.
 FF, professional counsellor

(Poem: Unwakeable Sleeping Infant,” which was published
at the Recovering The Self online journal. See: 
www.recoveringself.com/poetry/unwakeable-sleeping-infant)





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* Powerful . . . left me wanting more. . . . Cannot question your logic, flow or impact. Bravo!  
M.D., inspirational guide

(Poems of Seeking: a.k.a Eight Spiritual Poems)




 
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Three of my poems, two short ("Inside Track" and 
"Unforeseen Midlife Trip") and one long ("Portrait of 
a Young Man Driving a New Volvo 123GT in 1967, 
Et Cetera") appear in Yawp!, Volume 04, Winter 2021 
(Theme: Odyssey), an annual literary magazine 
from the Barak Valley of Assam Province, India. 
 
 
Inside Track
 
Too long on the road 
to nowhere, we miss
the sign for the City of
Wholeness / Holiness
that's flashing within.
 
 
 
 
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 My poem "Bopped: 1997"on a personal encounter with
the comet Hale-Bopp
won an Award of Merit in a competition
set by the New Zealand group WriteShareBeRead. See it posted
at the League of Canadian Poets' "Poetry Neighbourhood"
Facebook site:
 
 
 
 
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Parts of Nealls 300-page inspirational book
 
THROUGH TO THE NEW: 
A Dialogue with Higher Self:
Transforming Hopelessness & Despair
through Unconditional Love
  
are posted at
 
 
 
 
 

* Impressive. . . . Brilliant use of the dialogue format.
— G.W.



 

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* I love how you express your feelings in the piece. You are obviously a gifted writer.
— B.T., author

(Book Review: Walking Through Illusion: 
 Jesus Speaks of the People Who Shared His 
Journey: An Emotional Biography
by Betsy Otter Thompson): neallcalvert3.blogspot.com/




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* I’ve just finished reading for the second time “Confessions of A Vancouver Cloud Watcher” and I was blown away by it. It’s beautiful and I will be reading it again and again. There’s so much in it I have to think about. It touches the heart. I will read it again in the morning.
— D.N.

(Essay / Memoir: “Confessions of A Vancouver Cloud Watcher”)
 



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* Wow, what a powerful storyteller you are, Neall! You are to be commended! 
— E.H.

* Great stories, great writing.
 — F.F.

* Keep up your great writing, as you are amazing!
 —N.W.

* I really enjoyed your story, your creativity and your ability to paint pictures with your words. It's beautiful, keep up the great writing. 
 —G.L.

* I loved the essay as there was such powerful clarity and honesty in the experience.
  —D.O.

(Memoir: Growing Up On A Tractor: Darkness and Light Among the
Fraser Valley Mennonites
)
neallcalvert.blogspot.ca/2009/08/growing-up-on-tractor_12.html 

This essay appears in Recovering The Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing, Vol. VI, No. 2, Nov 2017. See books.google.ca/books?id=3O4_DwAAQBAJ&pg=PA28&lpg=PA28&dq=%22neall+calvert%22#v=onepage&q=%22neall%20calvert%22&f=false
 
* I really enjoyed your story about growing up in rural Mennonite country. I felt like I was right next to you on the tractor(s). I hope you will consider contributing to the next issue as well.

 —Victor Volkman, publisher
Recovering The Self journal

 
 
My mystical-animal healing story "The Golden Bear Incident" appears in Recovering The Self, Vol. VII, No. 1, April 22 (Earth Day), 2022. 




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My memoir piece / essay "The Power in Wild Things" appeared 
in the 1995 Douglas & McIntyre book How I Learned to 
Speak Dog & Other Stories. . . . "Have you ever been amazed, 
amused, touched, saved, bitten, or smitten by an animal? Then 
you'll love this collection of true stories published to mark 
the 100th anniversary of the S.P.C.A. in British Columbia."
See the book at: 
 
 
 
 
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* Im impressed with your writing skills and also with the
layout on your weblog. . . . Keep up the excellent quality 

writing; its rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.
* This website is truly remarkable.
* Fabulous essay. So glad I found this to read tonight. Thank you. 
 
(Online comments re: Essay / Memoir on a 19th/20th C.
mystical poet: Rainer Maria Rilke: Singer of Solitude)
neallcalvert.blogspot.com/2013/01/rainer-maria-rilke-singer-of-solitude.html

 


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* Your essay on Hölderlin is phenomenal. You are an amazing writer.
D.O.

* An excellent essay, Neallyour research, knowledge and evident
passion for Hölderlin
s work is impressive. 
 — The Solitary Walker (Robert Wilkinson), U.K.
solitary-walker.blogspot.ca/2012/01/holderlins-tower.html

(Essay / Memoir: “Encounters with Friedrich Hölderlin, Germany's 'Poet of the Gods'”) neallcalvert.blogspot.ca/2013/01/v-behaviorurldefaultvmlo.html
 


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“I  realized  my  job  was  to  make  life  real 
 for  myself  and  for  others  in  language  against
 which  our  normal  defenses  have  no  power.”
 
American poet David Whyte [ davidwhyte.com/ ]





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EDITING TESTIMONIALS

What clients and judges are saying 
about Neall Calvert’s EDITING
and PROOFREADING:


Writers Digest 20th Annual
Self-Published Book Awards:

Honorable Mention 2013
for Song On My Lips: Jazz Greats Were My Mentors
by Stephen T. Botek / assisted by Kyle Hawke
[for which I was final editor and proofreader;
there were 6,000 entries]

Grammar: 5 out of 5

What did you like best about this book?
Another major strength is this book’s editing. 
The mechanics, spelling and grammar are close to impeccable . . .

How can the author improve this book?
Hard to find anything to criticize in Song On My Lips.
 




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* Thank you so much for everything. Bruce holds
your opinion in very high regard.
Jo Blackmore, publisher
Granville Island Publishing Ltd.,
regarding the Bruce Fraser novel
On Potato Mountain: A Chilcotin Mystery

 
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* Your ability to focus on the fine detail and yet 
maintain the 30,000-foot perspective is a rare talent. 
I am fortunate to have had you reviewing [proofreading]
my book. Thank you.
— Wullie (Bill Galloway),
author of the memoir
They Called Me 'Otherwise':
Stories of Growing Up in
Africa, Canada and Scotland

 
 
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* I'm very grateful for this rigorous editing. I agree with all
your comments and recommendations. Thanks again for such
meticulous attention to detail. It is exactly what I wanted.

— Duane Lawrence, author of two
Sammy Squirrel children’s books

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* Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am more than happy with the results.
 
— D.N., writer of Maori-oriented short stories
 
 



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Art Testimonials and
Published Images: 



Cloud Launched (c) 2022 by N.C.

  
 
Six sky images, billed as "the stratospheric photography 
of Canada's Neall Calvert," appear in The Space Cadet Science
Fiction Review
,
Issue #1, Spring 2022, out of Austin, TX,
on pages 22, 23, 25, 27, 31 & 86 (inside back cover). See: 



 
 
 
Three images, "Hospital During Rainstorm," "The Gang's All Here" 
(from my Raining Glory series) and "Small Town, 5:00 a.m.," 
appear in the August 2021 issue of Anti-Heroin Chic 
online magazine, out of New York. See:
heroinchic.weebly.com/blog/artwork-by-neall-calvert

 
 
 
 
 Three images from my Raining Glory series, shot at night 
in Campbell River, BC, "Come, Blue Light of Healing," 
"Electric Parthenon" and "No Sirius Night" appear in 
the November 2021 issue of The Woolf online 
magazine, out of Zürich, Switzerland. See:
thewoolfx.com/come-blue-light-of-healing/
 
 
 
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"Darling Buds of May"
 
  The above image, taken on Maple Street in downtown Campbell River,
was chosen by Coastal Community Credit Union for their 2022
calendar (month of May). Ten thousand copies are sold by donation
through 24 branches; proceeds go to Vancouver Island
children's charities.
 
 
 
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What viewers are saying about 
Neall Calvert’s photography:
  



Mandala: Fifth Avenue Diamond 
(c) 2022 by Neall Calvert






* Your book Mandalas: Photographs in a Water Glass
is beautiful beyond words. I would recommend it
to anyone as a high-quality art piece.
www.flickr.com/photos/neallcalvert/sets/72157625165883511 
 — M.D., music teacher and painter





* [Re Mandalas]: Uplifting, harmonious imagery. 
— O.W. 



* Fabulous. Colour . . . design . . . energy movement . . . 
I get joyfully giddy dizzy just looking at it! [re: Double Star Celebration (below)]

  www.flickr.com/photos/neallcalvert/8462092804/ 
—F.A.




Double Star Celebration
(c) 2022 by Neall Calvert

 
 
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Neall's photographs have sold by the thousands as art cards; hang in 
homes and offices in Vancouver and Campbell River; and have appeared
 in Beautiful BC magazine and been bought by Canada Post. He is creating 
books from his Raining Glory series, mandalas, and the Campbell River 
watershed: a series of waterfalls, lakes and rivers that stretches 
80 miles into the mountainous interior of Vancouver Island.
 


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Neall Calvert is a writer, poet, photographer and spiritual-therapist-in-training. He has thirty years’ experience in journalism, editing books and writing (and in studying psychology, recovery, religions and spirituality). 

To view Nealls photography, including his mandala images—symbols of playfulness and wholenesssee www.flickr.com/photos/neallcalvert/albums. Contact Neall by leaving a comment below, by phone at 250-202-2202, via <neallcalvert[at]gmail[dot]com> or snail mail to:

#11 - 600 South Dogwood St.
Campbell River, British Columbia
Canada  V9W 6S1

 
  

 
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