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The Virgin Journals
Travis Laurence Naught is a poet who is not willing to trade on tragedy. He is a man of risk, afflicted with ferocious, unrestricted thinking and ruthless questioning, though he has never taken an independent step in his life. Many in his shoes might feel confined by the metal of a wheelchair, but Naught's work conveys a freedom and an audaciousness that will surprise read ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by ASD Publishing
(first published February 1st 2012)
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What I love about poetry is the ability it has to make its readers 'feel' something in a few stanzas. It causes you to stop and ponder the world around you. And that it allows you into the soul of the poet to sense their wants, desires and even frustrations is the mark of wonderful writing. That is what Mr. Naught has done with his collection in this book. Split up in sections of Life, Love and the World, Naught takes his readers to places with a fresh perspective of each of those elements. I'm ...more
Imagine a life in which everything is viewed from a wheelchair or from the arms of someone moving you from the bed to the chair and back again. The Virgin Journals by Travis Laurence Naught is that story and more. Naught was diagnosed as an infant with incurable spinal muscular atrophy, and his poems and prose speak with a frankness that is not only raw but unsettling. Do we want to truly know what he’s thinking as he sits in his wheelchair and cannot decide to go to war as a soldier or to even ...more
This book is not just a book of poems, but a book that led me into the mind of a man I only know so well. He spoke of things I have always been curious about - but never brave enough to ask. Not sure if I was allowed to bring up certain topics. But he is so open, and okay with sharing who he is, and his feelings in this novel. He has made me feel okay to be me. That I too can be open and share my feelings. I've never read much poetry. I can probably name two off the top of my head. Maybe three. ...more
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