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'This beautiful book is written by an astute 17 year-old with Aspergers Syndrome. It tells some of his life story in his own poetic words; I am sure many of you, with or without Aspergers, will relate to his poetry, photography and illustrations. This book lets us gently into his world and shares with us some of the challenges he faced as an adolescent on the autistic spectrum.'
- NAGC Magazine
'A remarkable achievement for a teenager seeking to find his way through the confusion and frustration of living with Asperger syndrome.'
- Current Awareness Service
This illustrated collection of Luke Jackson's insightful and often poignant poems offers a glimpse of the emotional and visual sensibilities of people on the autism spectrum in their adolescent years - perhaps the most challenging time for anyone with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Luke writes perceptively about identity, struggle, loneliness, love and the pursuit of happiness, and about finding calm amid the often overwhelming confusion and frustration that accompanies AS.
|Publisher:||Kingsley, Jessica Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Luke Jackson is author of the award-winning Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome, and A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He is 17 years old and has three sisters and three brothers. One of his brothers has AD/HD, one is autistic and Luke has Asperger Syndrome. The Jackson family are the inspiration for the BBC2 drama Magnificent 7, starring Helena Bonham-Carter.
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Real. 2. Peace. 3. Crystalline Lifetime. 4. Confused. 5. Unknown. 6. Release. 7. Why. 8. Haze. 9. Essence. 10. Knowing Inside. 11. Phoenix. 12. Cold Memories. 13. The Question. 14. Joyful Personification. 15. Purpose of Life. 16. Commercialist Truths. 17. Freak. 18. Suicide Kills. 19. The Dragons Fly. 20. Cherry Blossoms. 21. Possibilities. 22. Liquid Existence. 23. Fleeting Moments. 24. Belittled Burdens. 25. Little Somethings. 26. Stranger and Strangers. 27. Nothing Means Nothing Anymore. 28. Love Answered. 29. All That's Left, Seeming Right. 30. Said the Wimble to the Wimbles. 31. Murderer. 32. Defining Gravity. 33. Painting with Light. 34. Repetition.