Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book: Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

One morning when I felt that my surrounding was too suffocating to even put up to, I took a break from work. I woke up late. Had a big meal. Strolled at the nearest mall. Went into the staple coffee shop. And I walked and I walked only to find myself in this now too familiar book store, asking if they have a copy of this book that I've been meaning to buy since forever. It was at the back of my mind, but it was an impulse decision altogether.

It started to rain - hard. And as I forgot my umbrella that day, I found myself stranded. So I went to the nearby fountain, spent my time reading, the sound of pouring rain and the splashing of water my background -- and I got lost, reading. It took a call or two from a friend to rouse me out of that daydream.

It was like fate -- having me pick that book up, that very day -- wounds still fresh, mind in a jumble. And in that fountain, where I sat lost in trance, I began to rediscover my love for poetry. At that moment, all I can think of was that "poetry understands, if not heal" in the most beautiful way.

It's just that: a man who fell in love with the idea of writing "without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything" in the most breathtaking way -- through poetry.

I've never been shy of expressing my love for Tyler Knott Gregson [1,2] -- even going as far as declaring that he's my favorite poet. He's the reason why I consider Lang Leav a bit childish for my taste (she has her moments, but sorry guys). I know a poem is a good poem when it rips through my heart, when I can feel it. The intention came across. And it happens, every.single.time I read a Tyler Knott poem.

Tyler Knott has given poetry a new body for me, to be honest. I used to lose interest in the art. But the moment I followed him at Tumblr back at 2011, I knew -- that I'm in for something beautiful. I'll forever be a supporter of the way he brings things out in the open, exposing them for everyone to see. I can even see myself aspiring to be the writer that he is. But alas, I remain an admirer of his work. Following him through the years. It was always a pleasure, a thanks-for-bringing-something-so-heartbreakingly-beautiful-to-the-table kind of pleasure.

And this book didn't disappoint. This was merely a collection of his best through out the years -- and honestly, some of my favorites didn't even make the cut -- but it's still a great, breathtaking collection all the same. Printed in glossy paper, and full color. This may be a bit pricey, but it's worth it. Read it, and feel the feels. I warn you.

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

Luckily enough, we're blessed by his site containing thousands of materials from him. Check out, and behold thy exquisite beauty.

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