All the Words Are Yours by Tyler Knott Gregson

All the Words Are Yours by Tyler Knott Gregson
Series: N/A
Published by Perigree Books on October 20, 2015
Genres: Poetry, Love
Pages: 144 : Hardcover edition
Source: Publisher sent me a book in exchange for an honest review
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Here starts the journey

Every day for the past six years, Tyler Knott Gregson has written a simple haiku about love, and posted it online. These heartfelt poems have attracted a large and loyal following around the world. This highly anticipated follow-up to Chasers of the Light, presents Tyler’s favorites, some previously unpublished, accompanied by his signature photographs, which capture the rich texture of daily life.

This vibrant collection reveals the intimate reflections of one of poetry’s most popular new voices — honest, vulnerable, generous, and truly present in the gift that is each moment.

Two years ago I was first exposed to Tyler Knott Gregson’s work when I was sent a copy of his compilation, Chasers of the Light: Poems From the Typewriter Series by the publisher and ever since then I have been hooked on his work. I follow his Tumblr, and each day run across his haikus, which I took a particular liking to so when I was contacted about reading a compilation of a bunch of his haikus, I may have jumped up and down with joy. Literally.

TKG has such a way with words and expressing love in so many different ways and forms. He writes about love in such a way that I had never really considered or comprehended before, but once I read it, its like something clicks in me and I have that lightbulb moment where I say, “oh yeah!”

When you get down to the basis of it, his haikus are beautiful. It’s beautifully written poetry with beautiful pictures and beautiful font (I have a particular fondness for typewriter font; probably is why I got my tattoo done with the same font). I reread this twice already because I couldn’t get enough of the words that he was pouring out onto the page.

Feeling down? Pick this up. It will help you soothe your mind and distract you from reality. What I find particularly interesting about his writing and poems as well is that love can seem so general, but he writes in such a way as if it’s only for me and what I’m experiencing. I say keep up the awesome and beautiful work, TKG. I can’t wait to see more from you in the future.


Connect with Tyler

The link to the book and pre-order info on Tyler’s Tumblr: http://tylerknott.com/post/126346219237/all-the-words-are-yours-haiku-on-love-is
Tyler’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TylerKnottGregson?_rdr=p
Tyler’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/tylerknott/
Tyler’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/TylerKnott


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Magic Hands by Jennifer Laurens

Magic Hands by Jennifer Laurens
Series: N/A
Published by Grove Creek Publishing on February 1, 2007
Genres: Love, Romance
Pages: 224 : Paperback edition
Source: Received through PaperBackSwap.com
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Cort, the high school senior jock seems to have it all — except a summer job. When he lands one doing women’s nails, his eyes are opened to the catty, back-stabbing world of females. Girls he thought he knew and trusted turn out to shock and use him. He gets to know Rachel, an elusive girl the others gossip about, a girl with secrets. From her he learns there is more to life than weekend partying and social status, and one of the secrets she shares with him will change his life forever.

This is the third novel by Jennifer Laurens that I’ve read, and as usual I’m drawn in by her clear cut writing style. I love how she introduces her characters on the surface level as people that you may judge based on their looks or who they hang out with in school, but as the story progresses we see the characters are actually a lot more complex than they originally let on.

While this isn’t my favorite Jennifer Laurens novel, I still love the plot all the same! A guy working in a nail salon? It’s practically a feminists wet dream. Our main character Cort not only must battle what his friends think of him working at such a place, but also how to woo over one of the most mysterious girls in school.

I think why I didn’t like this one as much was because I felt the ending was extremely rushed and didn’t tie up a lot of sub plots that were going on throughout the story and had previously had emphasis placed on them. Nevertheless it’s still a great read and something fun that you can finish in a few days.

Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson

Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson
Series: N/A
Published by Perigee Trade on September 2, 2014
Genres: Love, Romance, Poetry
Pages: 144 : Hardback edition
Source: Received from the publicist in exchange for an honest review
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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 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.

This is hands down, no doubt about it, the most beautifully written piece of work I’ve read this year. I wanted to go slow and savor each page while I was reading this, but I ended up plowing right through it and reading it to the end, then going back and reading it again because it was SO good.

Normally I’m not a huge poetry fan (what does it all mean!?) but Gregson’s works have probably forever changed my opinion on poetry. Each poem was so gorgeous in its simplicity, yet astounding in its complexity. He took the smallest moments and turned them into something beautiful and worth noticing.

I will be packing this up with me before I head off to college because I want to have this close by for some easy (but amazing) reading. I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone (oh, and go check out Tyler Knott Gregson’s Tumblr which is just as awesome and filled with even more poetry)!

I hope he will be producing another one of this novels in the near future, because when he does I won’t be able to wait to get my hands on it!