As you may already know I have been a little busy as of late with uni work, exam revision, essay write ups and job hunting so my reading took a turn for the worse recently.
In a bid to expand the literature I read, I went on the hunt for some poetry and remembered a poet that I fell in love with and followed for years on Tumblr (remember when Tumblr was a thing?) Tyler Knott Gregson.
With a quick search on goodreads (not a plug, I just really like goodreads), I discovered that Tyler Knott Gregson had actually published his works in two books: All the Words are Yours ; Haiku on Love and Chasers of the Light ; Poems From the Typewriter Series.
I popped them on my wantfeed (you can find me here) and my lovely boyfriend bought me them for valentine’s day!
So the first book I mentioned, All The Words Are Yours is basically a collection of haiku poetry that Gregson has written over the years about his wife. They are all really wonderful and explore many different feelings and aspects of being in a relationship from the first moments, to the dull moments, to the every day activities and to the strong sense of being part of a team, something bigger.
I have more than a few favourites, one of them being the moon poem that you may have seen floating around mine and Adam’s twitter, but I photographed more of my favourites for this post.
The whole book is beautiful, it made me tear up on many occasions, it reminds me that it is important to reflect upon our loved ones and appreciate what we have and I read it within a few hours and keep referring back to it on odd days just to flick through and revisit some of them. A LOT of them are tagged favourites. It’s just so personal and so lovely and immediately got me out of a reading slump!
The second book I mentioned, Chasers of the Light is a more general collection of poetry, not with any set form or on any set topic. What I love about this book the most is how Tyler Knott Gregson takes the mundane and makes it beautiful, and, in deeper tones, he takes the past- even the bits that are bad, and he shines a light on them and expresses how it shapes you as a person and how wonderful even the worst times are for a person. Again, I have many a sticky note in this book, some are so personal and close to my heart but I photographed one of my absolute favourites:
This book is such a good coffee table book, it is easy and enjoyable to thumb through, flick to a random page and share with someone.
I am so glad that Gregson’s work has finally been published and recognised! I am glad that I have become more open-minded and accepting of poetry as well as fiction novels and I recommend not only these books to you guys but poetry collections in general to anyone who is in a reading slump, needs to read something but doesn’t want anything too big or challenging and anyone who is in touch with their feelings and doesn’t mind a little happy weep! Poetry is something you can pick up and put down as you have the time to and these are just wonderful!