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Monday, 2 November 2015

Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

Title: Chasers of the Light
Author: Tyler Knott Gregson
Published by: Particular Books
Publication date: 8th October 2015
Pages: 144
Genres: Adult/Non-fiction/Romance/Poetry
Format: Hardback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

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. Here are poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.

Chasers of the Light is a book of beautiful poems that show the miracle in the mundane and the epic made simple, all whilst being an extremely photogenic little hardback. It magnifies the small moments and I'm in love with it; the book itself and how it came to be. (Gregson stumbled upon a typewriter, started writing and hasn't looked back since. Ten years ago I randomly started writing a blog post in a paddling pool and I'm still here. I think sometimes the things most valuable to us in life start as accidents.)

I felt so inspired during and after reading Chasers of the Light, and I'm not someone who tends to re-read books but I know this is going to be one I go back to time and time again. The combination of photography and poetry is too good.

The reason I gave it 4.5 is because I would have much preferred it had the book included a ribbon and/or page numbers. It just proved to be inconvenient without them, and with them I think this book would have been absolutely perfect for me.

To wrap up, I think the thing I loved most about Chasers of the Light is that it's appreciative of the little things in life and captures the most fleeting of thoughts. It reignited my love of poetry, too - I have to admit I somehow forget it even exists most of the time, yet I used to love writing it myself. This book immediately made me want to pick up a pen (a typewriter would be nicer but unsurprisingly I don't have one...) and I highly, highly recommend it.


  1. I absolutely love poetry like this so I'll definitely be buying me a copy of this! Wonderful review, Amber! <3

  2. I've seen this around our local bookstore but haven't gotten into buying it yet because it is kinda pricey. Lol! Seeing from your review that this is such a good, mesmerizing read made me want to try it for myself already. :D

    Fiona | A Girl Between the Pages


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