Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: Perigee Trade
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. The epic made simple. The miracle in the mundane.
He fell in love.
Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of theTypewriter 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.
I’ve been thinking about how to review this book all week and still I come up blank. The only thing I can say is go read it. Go read it now. Seriously, I’ll wait. Just go read it and come back later. It’s worth it I promise.
Don’t believe me? Well, you should. As an English Major, it should be no surprise that I have a secret love for poetry. When I got the chance to preview this book, I jumped on it. It had been a long time since I’ve just sat down and read a book of poems from cover to cover. Way too long to be honest. Also, I loved the idea of writing a poem without revisions, which was near impossible since he was doing them on a typewriter.
What I didn’t expect was how Chasers of Light affected me. It’s been a long time since poems have hit me straight to the core. And not just once. Over and over again. Don’t believe me? Here’s a picture of all the poems I have marked.
Even one of my friends, who grabbed the book from my bag, had the same experience. Over and over she exclaimed at how perfect a poem was for her life. In fact, she already plans to buy her own copy because there were so many she liked. However, we both agreed that our favorite poem by far is
I wish I could put into words why book is so good, but I know it comes down to personal experience. A poem I may love may not be one you do. However, I will guarantee you there will be at least one poem that hits you like it did me. In fact, if you make it out with just one I’ll be highly surprised.