Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

Title: Chasers of the Light
Author: Tyler Knott Gregson
Publisher: Perigee Trade
Publish Date: September 2nd, 2014
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The epic made simple. The miracle in the mundane.

One day, while browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photographer Tyler Knott Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Standing up and using a page from a broken book he was buying for $2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything.

He fell in love.

Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series: a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method. Chasers of the Light features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded pieces of work—poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.

Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson is filled with Gregson's deeply intimate poems and beautiful photographs. I enjoy poetry, but I don't read it as much as I'd like. But I'm glad I gave Chasers of the Light a try.

I believe poetry means something different to everyone. No two people will ever interpret a poem the same way because it's all based on personal experience and feeling. Some of Tyler Knott Gregson's poems feel like a stopped moment in time, something relatable. Others feel personal, like the reader is intruding into someone else's space, someone else's intimate moment. But all of them are beautiful. A few even made me tear up as I read them.

I love the idea of typing out poems on random slips of paper that just happen to be around. Pages of a book, receipts, anything. It takes the poem and somehow gives it more dimension, because it's another glimpse into the author's life. The words tell us of his thoughts and emotions, but the paper gives us something concrete, something physical about how or where he lives. Having Gregson's photographs scattered throughout was also a nice touch.

If you enjoy poetry or would like to give it a try, Gregson's Chasers of the Light is a beautiful little book that will make you feel something. I also highly suggest you check out all of Gregson's social media accounts!

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2 comments:

  1. Poems? I don't think I've ever read a compilation book of poems. We do read some in French class (because I go to a French school) and I do enjoy those moments but never thought about reading them for my own pleasure. :P Also, I agree that we may all interpret them differently. ^^ Lovely review, Jesse!

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  2. Just picked up the Temple Wars book! Book 1 is fascinating and had me engaged from page one! You guys should check it out! Temple Wars

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