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Featured Poem: Is It So Hard

By Tyler Knott Gregson

Is it so hard, this challenge

to believe we are the same?

To know that love is love

and we all reach for it,

grasping with tired fingers

and worn out palms.

Hold this hand,

it is yours,

take these fingertips,

they are mine.

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Featured Poem: I Want a Life Measured

By Tyler Knott Gregson

 

I want a life measured

in first steps on foreign soils

and deep breaths

in brand new seas.

I want a life measured

in Welcome Signs,

each stamped

with a different name,

borders marked with metal and paint.

Show me the streets

that don’t know the music

of my meandering feet,

and I will play their song

upon them.

Perfume me please

in the smells of far away,

I will never wash my hair

if it promises to stay.

I want a life measured

in the places I haven’t gone,

short sleeps on long flights,

strange voices teaching me

new words to

describe the dawn.

 

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Featured Poem: What If All

By Tyler Knott Gregson

What if all we have ever wanted

isn’t hiding in some

secret and far away dream,

but inside of us now

as we breathe one another

and find home in the way

our arms seem to fit

perfectly around the spaces

between us?

What if we are the answer

and love was the question?

What if all this time

it was us you were supposed

to find?

I am filled with wonderings,

questions, and doubt.

But one of these things I am certain:

It will always be you

that gives flight to the

butterflies inside me,

calm to the sea I have become,

and hope to the darkness all around us.

It is you and it has always

been you….

you.

You that soothes and excites

and spreads joy like rainfall

on the already damp earth;

you that pulled me from the longest

sleep and kissed my eyelids

awake.

If life is a question mark,

then you, my love,

are the proud and bold period

that is typed with certainty.”

Poetry

Chasers of the Light

By Tyler Knott Gregson

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.

I first found Gregson’s poems almost five year ago. In early 2010, my friend and I became obsessed with the website called Tumblr and soon after, we discovered Gregson’s scraps of poetry. We eventually drifted away from Tumblr and Gregson’s poems, but while looking for another book of poetry on Amazon to send as a gift, I discovered that Gregson had published a book. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

Chasers of the Light did not disappoint. Each of the poems is every bit as beautiful and meaningful and lovingly constructed as the first poems I ever read of Gregson’s. Some of the poems are printed are beautiful photos and others look to be printed on odd bits of paper (receipts, library cards, etc.).

Reading the “About the Author” I learned (or maybe relearned?) that Gregson is a photographer by profession and I can only assume the beautiful pictures in the book are his.

I highly recommend this book of poetry especially for those who want to get into poetry and don’t know where to start or those who think they don’t like poetry.

When I write poetry now and again, my structures resemble Gregson’s  which is perhaps why I like his poetry so much. Simple, free-form, and full of beautiful images and meaning.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite poems from Chasers of the Light:

You

are the poem

I never new

how to write

and this life

is the story

I have always

wanted

to tell.