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 readers with his startling views. The Virgin Journals speak truth through poetry and prose. They tell the reader about Naught's frustrations, from being a quadriplegic to his life of celibacy in his late twenties. In the end, his expectation is for readers to forget physical disabilities and concentrate on that which makes us similar: life, love, and the obstacles we work to overcome.
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About the Author
Travis Laurence Naught (diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy as an infant) is an award-winning poet, a quadriplegic wheelchair user, and spent 10 years working with the men's basketball team at Eastern Washington University. He has a Bachelor's in Psychology and Graduate Study in Sports Psychology. Naught lives in Washington State and this is his first book.
What People are Saying About This
Naught is nothing if not heroic, and he is anything but ordinary. (Pamela Milam Therapist & Author)
Confined to a debilitated and degenerating body but gazing unblinkingly at the world through 'a soul made of glass,' Naught writes with an urgency that draws us in and reveals his journey to be our own. (Jonathan Potter author House of Words)
Naught's collection possesses such a solid honesty; he has allowed us to tap directly into his mind. There is this perfectly composed, yet subtle, juxtaposition of how physical dependency is no match for a clever and confident tongue. (Megan McConnel with Raven's Brew Coffee)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Travis is incredibly well versed and adds great depth to the wide realm of topics in his poetry. His witty yet somber tones in the book gives the reader nothing short of entertainment, and a good reality check that we are all vastly different, yet the same. Keep a box of tissues nearby as one minute you will be thrown into laughter, the next in sobbing tears, then back to laughter, with a little contemplation in between. I am hoping that we the readers will see more of Naught's work in the near future.
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 aware the book says the poet wants readers to forget his disability and at times you can. But that image of this man in a wheelchair is never far from your mind as you read his incredible take on so many different situations. While the author says his book is meant for mature eyes - he should not apologize for his honest and raw take on the world. It is after all a world very few of us can comprehend; but for a moment he allows us to sit in his place through his words.