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Compositions on Compassion and Other Emotions
Bob McNeil, author

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

In Compositions on Compassion and Other Emotions, celebrated poet, essayist, and artist Bob McNeil explores the importance of love and hope in healing from the pandemic and endemic violence. But perhaps most of all, this collection explores our collective mortality. Deeply personal while completely universal, this collection was conceived of when McNeil was bedridden with a collapsed lung that endangered his heart. Faced with the real prospect of imminent death, “I culled some of my writing and illustrations in my mind. All in the hope of leaving some kind of testimonial behind.” As a result, Compositions on Compassion and Other Emotions is a stunning collection that demonstrates both his creative range and his vision for a more peaceful, loving world. While holding a mirror up to himself, he also holds a mirror up to us all, exploring love and loss in all its complexity, contradictions, and beauty.

Bob McNeil writes in a style I really enjoy. His poetry and essays are thought provoking and a pleasure to read.

A wide variety of topics are touched on including compassion, romance, learning, loss and grief, with excellent diversity of forms and rhyming patterns. Many of the poems have accompanying sketches or pictures.

Many of his pieces struck a chord with me, but I was really touched by two of his essays in particular. I'm reluctant to reveal which though. Every readers tastes are different, and everyone will surely find something that resonates with them in a deep, meaningful way.

Bob is a talented writer that uses words in the same way a great painter uses all the hues available on their palette. His language is rich and colorful, but not ostentatious. It breathes life into his thoughts, and makes Compositions on Compassion and Other Emotions truly a treasure for those with open hearts and minds.

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I had the privilege of delving into the mesmerizing pages of Bob McNeil’s literary masterpiece, Compositions on Compassion and Other Emotions, and I can confidently say that this book is a treasure that deserves a special place on every reader’s bookshelf. Prepare to be captivated by McNeil’s profound words and eloquent expressions that will resonate with your soul.

This remarkable book transcends mere storytelling; it becomes an essential companion for those seeking solace and inspiration in life’s journey. Whenever you find yourself in need of profound hope or searching for the perfect words to articulate the deepest corners of your being, this book will be your guiding light. It holds the power to stir your emotions and evoke a sense of connection, unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

Bob McNeil’s voice in this work stands tall among literary giants, forging his own path and leaving an indelible mark on the literary landscape. Each passage, including my personal favorite, “My Heart’s Unthwarted Sentiment,” takes you on a heartfelt journey through time, evoking nostalgia and painting vivid imagery that will transport you to a world that feels both lost and deeply hidden within us all.

The forward of this book is a beautiful tribute to a bygone era, offering a breath of fresh air and a nostalgic embrace. It harkens back to a time of innocence and comfort, a world that may seem distant but remains alive within our collective memory. In a world where word choices often fall short and connections grow scarce, Bob McNeil shines as a beacon of authentic humanity, seamlessly weaving together the threads that bind us all.

Prepare to be moved, inspired, and forever changed by Bob McNeil’s extraordinary work. Dive into this enchanting journey and rediscover the power of words to touch our hearts and souls in profound ways.

This book is set to be released in August 2023 by Flexible Press and proceeds will be going to National Alliance to End Homelessness