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Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series

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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 l
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by TarcherPerigee
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Mar 11, 2015 s.penkevich rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Society
I am not surprised this collection is a success. It goes only for the emotional heights and the use of photographs to type poems on is actually quite cool. However, the writing itself feels quite juvenile and disingenuous. There is nothing here you wouldn't find scribbled in the notebook of any love-sick teenager, the sort of poems you scrawl on last second Valentines Day cards or the sort of dribble when read in a creative writing class that makes everyone awkward and embarrassed for the ...more
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
5 miracle-in-the-mundane stars. Review completed September 14, 2014

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As a highly devoted ebook reader, it's been a long time since I bought a hardcover. Yet holding this little book in my hands feels so good. All the poems and powerful pictures left their mark on me. As chance would have it, Tyler included many of my favorite poems in this collection. I loved it.

I wanted to add the entire inspirational Introduction but, of course, I couldn't do that. I guess I'm a sissy because the Introduction l
Jan 05, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, I read something that makes my heart thaw out and gives me hope for this world.

This book fills even the darkest crevasses of my soul.

Poetry is not dead, and Tyler Knott Gregson is the master of words that make you feels things you never knew existed.

Buy this. Read this. Feel everything.




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Emer (ALittleHaze)
"We are the memory keepers and the trappers of time...
We, are the chasers of the light"

I like words. I like the power they have. The beauty of them. The pain they can elicit. The sadness, the joy, the fear, the ecstasy...
I am unfortunately sorely lacking in the skills of stringing words together to say what I mean, what I feel. I am always long winded, can never get to the point, always editing myself, and reediting...
So I truly admire anyone who has word skills, word artists if you will...
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Apr 15, 2015 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it really liked it
Wonderful little poems composed on a typewriter. You can view some of them as posted by the author in Pinterest. I liked this audiobook because they are read by the poet, which is always my preference for poetry.

Here's a taste of one:

You walk
like you were born
with a soundtrack.
I watch
like I was born
in an old movie theater.
There is cinema
in our kissing,
and we've never bothered
to follow the script.

Happy National Poetry Month!
Oct 20, 2014 Penney rated it liked it
I received this in a Goodreads Giveaway.

I am torn about how to review this book. Being a poet myself, I found a lot of poems wanting — as in they were about middle-school, goo-goo-in-love subject matter, and not much else, and written with a similar level of poetic discipline — lots of telling instead showing, many catchphrases and over-used images, leaving me with a sort of pop music aftertaste.

All that being said, the impromptu nature of the poems is admirable and incredibly brave and raw, a
Sam Flynn
Sep 29, 2014 Sam Flynn rated it did not like it
Many musicians and photographers I admire recommended this, so I had to pick it up. Unfortunately, though, this book misses the mark. The concept is interesting: a writer/photographer finds a typewriter for sale in a vintage store and decides to write spur-of-the moment poems on found pieces of paper, without the chance to edit the final product. The result, though, is cliche. The poems lack depth and substance, and mostly stay with surface topics such as wandering, losing one's breath in the ...more
Tara deCamp
Aug 25, 2015 Tara deCamp rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: masochists
There is nothing of substance here. Typing out crappy poems on pieces of paper may make them aesthetically pleasing, but it doesn't make them any less crappy. I wish I could unsee these poems.
Eunice Moral
Feb 19, 2015 Eunice Moral rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
This book, ahhh, this book is perfection!
Passant Lotfy
Apr 30, 2015 Passant Lotfy rated it it was amazing
This, this will never catch dust on my shelf. The poems are so simple and raw. The photographs are quite beautiful. I'm just so full of love for this book right now.

"I would love to say
that you
make me
weak in the knees
to be quite upfront
and completely
make my body
it has knees
at all." Happy Poetry Month.
Caroline Fosse
Aug 03, 2016 Caroline Fosse rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Even though I enjoyed almost every poem in this book, there's something that bothers me a lot. The feeling I get while reading this isn't the one I wanted, and all I can think of is the way it reminds me of the tumblr posts with pictures of sad girls or flowers and sad quotes. It's just 'too tumblry' for me. Personally I think theres no theme, no depth, just page after page with cliché poems.

(and what does rain smell like?? how does someone smell like rain??)
Noor Al-Zubaidi
Sep 17, 2014 Noor Al-Zubaidi rated it it was amazing
The amount of inspiration you get from this book is really amazing, he takes such a simple idea and makes something so beautiful out of it.
Christina (Christina's Book Corner)
October 10-10
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:
Jan 16, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok
I bought this book because of all the hoopla and attention around it. And frankly I wasn't blown away by his poetry.
He's a good writer to be sure. But I've read a lot of very similar themes and metaphors written by tons of writers on Twitter. There were really a handful of poems that were a "4 Star" for me. But most of the poems just didn't stir my soul. And having something stir my soul is the whole reason I read poetry.
I think it's great that because his poetry is popular, it brings more atten
Jun 26, 2015 Morgan rated it really liked it
#lovewins #loveislove

And I felt the need to finish this one up today in the light of the Supreme Court decision. What better day to read love poetry?

Okay maybe Valentine's day. Or your anniversary, if you have one.

Fine. There are lots of days that are great for love poetry. Whatever.


While I wasn't blown away or madly in love with every single one of his poems in this particular collection, I did take pictures of a few to keep copies of them with me. My friend will often share some of his poe
Oct 30, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing
I've read some of Tyler Knott's poems around the internet and have always loved them. I had no idea he had a book out and knew I had to buy it ASAP.

'Chasers of the Light' is simply amazing. Tyler Knott has a way with words that makes me feel and connect. He writes about love, loss, courage, hope and so much more. I am in love with this book and its words.

Just buy it. You won't regret it.
Addison Shye
Jun 22, 2015 Addison Shye rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
The poems in this book lack any true originality and are overly redundant; the same words are used over and over again in poem after poem.There was nothing presented in this work that stirred my soul or tugged at my heartstrings. The author's attempt to add any sort of meaningful depth or substance to these poems was not convincing. The only unique aspect of this collection of poetry is the manner in which the poems were created - some poems began as unedited scrawls on random pieces of paper ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Damn. This guy knows his way around a love poem.

My longstanding fantasy whenever life gets tough has been to run away to a cabin in Montana with a handsome mountain man and become a reclusive author with lots of dogs. (I am not kidding. See excerpt below from a blog entry during my first semester of teaching.) This handsome author has a pair of golden retrievers named Calvin and Hobbes, writes breathtaking poetry, and actually lives in the woods in Montana. Apparently my fantasy was not so far-
Laura Thomas
Feb 25, 2016 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing
I won this fascinating collection of poems in a giveaway. It sits on my night stand and I pick it up and open to a random page, reading several before I go to sleep.

I was fascinated with the author’s story of how he came to write the typewriter series.

Remember those old typewriters? Not the electric ones. The ones where you pound on the keys and here that clack, clack, clacking? I loved that sound. And apparently so did the author. He found an old typewriter in an antique store and just had to t
Mar 20, 2016 Misty rated it really liked it
Though occasionally some of the poems were a little too saccharine for my cold, dead heart, for the most part, these were striking and evocative, with really strong moments and turns of phrase sprinkled throughout. They're centered around the central theme of a romance (mostly), which I think will win some over and be too much for others. (I, for one, am a-okay with having a collection of poetry about many different things, rather than a series of poems on a single narrative, which can lead to a ...more
Oct 22, 2014 Kellie rated it it was amazing
I adore Tyler Knott Gregson and his typewriter poems, printed on random scraps of paper from his travels. I've been reading his stuff for years and was so pleased to hear about him finally binding it all together into one beautiful little book. I can't give it anything less than 5 stars. His writing is gorgeous and simplistic and it has a special meaning for me, personally.

The first I've ever read by him remains one of my very favorites.

I will miss you
even in the moments
when you are rig
Jomana Namavar
Apr 07, 2016 Jomana Namavar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
When I first started this poetry book I didn't expect much since it is written by a modern poet and I tend to lean towards poets like Mahmoud Darwish. I started this book after a long day so I just wanted to get over it since its part of a readathon. But it surprised me. It took my breath away. It spilled tears from my eyes. Made my heart tighten. It relaxed me. This is the kind of poetry I crave. Simple but pointy. I applaud for Tyler. I look forward to your future works. Amaze me more please. ...more
Alicia Koster
Jan 10, 2015 Alicia Koster rated it did not like it
Visually, the book is appealing but the likeability generally stops there. I find the love poems uninspired without much original thought. Some of them are eye-roll worthy and repetitive. The non-love poems have potential but I still find them lacking a certain something. I feel as though these poems were written only to fill this book as if all were composed in one afternoon. But alas this is just my opinoin.
Bayan AlShebel
Apr 08, 2015 Bayan AlShebel rated it really liked it
Thoughtful and beautiful poems that will make you sigh your heart out.
Jan 01, 2015 Dayla rated it it was amazing
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I’m not much of a poetry critic. Sometimes, I just read a poem and decide whether I like it or not by how it references how I feel, or how I want to feel, or how the wording and vocabulary fits with my life. All of that being said, one has to see just from looking at the cover that Tyler Knott Gregson’s Chasers of the Light is destined to be something special.

I’m completely new to the whole Typewriter Series poetry that Gregson is famous for, so
Sep 20, 2014 Brianne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-for-2014
To no one in particular:

Some people already know how deeply obsessed I am with Tyler Knott.

Somethings I've probably said to you were likely direct quotations from his daily haiku's or his typewriter series. If you've ever been to my house you know that my bathroom, bedroom, hallway and fridge are plastered with copies of some of the works in this book. My mom has definitely sat silent and patient while I read her pages and pages of my favorite pieces. It makes me want to pull out my typewriter
Nina (Minou)
Jul 09, 2015 Nina (Minou) rated it really liked it
"We are the memory keepers and the trappers of time; stealers or stolen glances and breathless lungs from all that have been taken away. We are the noticers of subtle signs hidden in plain sight by a benevolent universe bigger than we'd ever believe...We are the directionless wanderers and the destinationless travelers and we are the crumpled map that never got packed to join us. We are the cinematic lovers and the translucent curtains saturated in light. The soundtrack to the moments without s
Jun 18, 2015 Yesterly rated it it was amazing
Need I say more?

But seriously though, I was about to give it just a four but then I realized how pretty the book is. I mean, no, I am not judging it because of its cover and stuff, okay? It is the way the poems were written. They are beautifully written. It will make you want to fall in love again or I should say that you will really fall in love. The poems plus typewriter's font and Tyler Knott's breathtaking photographs is a perfect one. At first, it was just a four worthy because I think the
I admire Tyler Knott's impromptu art of poetry. I had the same experience back in high school where I find myself overflowing with words I needed let out. In my case, the words find themselves in the pages of my school textbooks. In a sense, I want the same feeling again. To make it an everyday art is definitely something.

There were pieces that really struck me soft with emotions and yet there were ones that felt too long and forced. Overall, the good ones outweight the meh ones. It would have b
Pam (The Girl Who Cried Books)
"What if we are the question and love is the answer?"

I can't get enough of this book. UGH. I've been following Tyler on Facebook and Instagram for a long time now and I grew to love his poems more and more. If you don't follow him yet, please do so now. He posts daily haiku which will give you all the needed dose of feels every day.

Since this was an audiobook, I also loved it more because it was him who narrated the book. Can't wait to read his second book!

"If life is a question mark, then you,
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