Mini Critiques | Tyler Knott Gregson

All the Words Are Yours: Haiku on Love
Tyler Knott Gregson

5 Teacups


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 This highly anticipated follow-up to Chasers of the Light, presents Tyler’s favorites, some previously unpublished, accompanied by his signature photographs, which capture the rich texture of daily life.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. 

My thoughts:

Fun fact about this book; I found it while I was wandering through anthropologie this past weekend. All it took was one poem, and I fell in love and needed it in my life.

All I really want
is to roll over to you,
and tell you my dreams.

I’m not the biggest fan of poetry, as is apparent in the lack of it on my Goodreads shelves. I haven’t found anyone whose writing speaks to me on the same level that Tyler’s does. He is the kind of writer that I aspire to be; his writing is magical and lyrical, so much so that even his introduction takes you on a journey.

I found that these poems were warm-fuzzies-inducing, while also feeling incredibly relatable without being too mushy (though there are some of those too). Unsurprisingly, the ones that I was drawn too erred on the sexy-ish side because of the implications without the raunchy. I 100% recommend picking up this book if poems are your thing, or you want to get into them.

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

4.5 Teacups


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.

My thoughts:

I read these books in reverse order (which is totally fine. One has nothing to do with the other). I also found this one at anthropologie; the reason why I didn’t immediately jump on getting it because it was longer poetry and let’s be real, normally I don’t have the attention span for that. If I can’t understand what’s going on, I’m immediately checking out mentally. However, I couldn’t get certain poems out of my head, such as this one:

“Thank you”
she whispered soft
like it may
blow away
with anything stronger
than a breath,
“for fixing me.”
I sputtered out
like the first sound
of morning,
“were never broken.”

So the day after the first one arrived, I bought the second one. Last night I decided to get even crazier and also buy the audible version, so now I can listen to Tyler himself reading me the poems. You can bet your bottom dollar I’m bookmarking my favorites and snapchatting them because I’m crazy and obsessive like that.

I enjoyed this book and it still resonated with me, but not as much as All the Words Are Yours did, and I don’t know if that has to do with my short attention span when it comes to poetry, or the poems themselves. They aren’t bad by any means., just slightly repetitive, and some are just as warm-fuzzies-inducing as the Haiku. This book paired with the other totally put me into a lovey dovey mood, and I read three, albeit shorter, lovey dovey books this week.

I definitely recommend this one if you’re into poetry or looking to get into it. I love that you can an audio version of this, which totally helps to enhance the experience, and his voice is all gravelly and awesome, and has that permanent morning husk. Yaaaas.

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