Synopses & Reviews
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 workand#151;poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.
“…a kind of Rorschach approach to reading newspapers…” Wall Street Journal
“Highbrow/brilliant…Its better than it sounds.” New York magazine
“…hidden bits of Zen lite that occasionally bump up against brilliance….Kleon manages to turn the paper of record into visually stark nuggets of poetry and wit. All the Muse Thats Fit to Print, you might say.” Texas Monthly
One can imagine taking up blackout poetry on their daily bus commute in place of sudoku or the crossword puzzle. Toronto's National Post
“Part ‘writing with constrictions, part happy accident, part found art, part design challenge...the collection...gives a well rounded and consistent view into a guy most of us would want to buy a beer.” Radio Exile
“[A] sense of play infuses the poemsshort pieces that touch on first sex and outer space, in a voice that slips from funny to elegiac…” Austin Chronicle
“Some of the results are hilarious, some are profound and even unsettling, but they are never bland or boring.” The Ephemerist
“[The poems] resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead…like a cross between magnetic refrigerator poetry and enigmatic ransom notes, funny and zen-like, collages of found art…” The New Yorker
Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesnt need. NPR's Morning Edition
Sort of like Michelangelo carving away the marble that imprisoned what he saw within. Cleveland Plain Dealer
and#8220;A collection of poems that evoke consistent inspiration and lasting resonance.and#8221;
and#8220;Your heart will be stoked.and#8221;
and#8212;Christina Perri, singer/songwriter
"Gregson is clearly a romantic... His words slip past the defenses of even the most bitter, with boarded-up hearts and cynical minds, reminding readers why we love, yearn for connection, and bare our souls."
and#8212;The Hiding Spot
and#8220;Like many people I know, I fell in love with Tyler Knott Gregsonand#8217;s poetry via Instagram. Maybe itand#8217;s the allure of his Typewriter Series (awesome poems and quotes typed on vintage-looking parchment paper) or the fact that he posts just about every day so people always have something to see, but in the end I think itand#8217;s his raw talent for striking the chords of emotion within us that keep us coming backand#8221;
and#8212;The Blonde Vegan
and#8220;His Haikus inspire in their simplicity because it has become rare to find beauty in the mundane. His poems are capturing in their tone and in the way he utilizes his words. His photography is simply breathtaking, to say the least.and#8221;
and#8212;The Society Cynic
and#8220;There are writers and poets who just get it. Then, there are writers and poets who are so on point, you have no choice but to feel like maybe they've been reading your diary. If you're an avid Tumblr user, or just a fan of knowing you're not alone, you might be familiar with the work of Tyler Knott Gregson. Not only is Gregson a well-versed poet (pun intended) but he's also an incredible artist, photographer and has a big heart for charity.and#8221;
and#8220;With over 30,000 Facebook fans and more than 100,000 Tumblr followers, Gregson has definitely hit a nerve with his short-yet-poignant pieces. In an age of goofy Vine videos, memes and Instagram dinner-plate photos, poetry seems an unlikely addition to the community of web shares and posts. Gregsonand#8217;s poetry, though, isnand#8217;t about flashy design or snappy humor. To read the comments on his blog and Facebook pages, itand#8217;s plain to see that his words genuinely resonate with his fans.and#8221;
and#8220;I LOVE THIS! and#160;I follow Tyler Knott Gregson on Twitter and Tumblr. Heand#8217;s amazingly talented!and#8221;
and#8212;Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews
and#8220;His poetry always catches me a bit off-guard and makes me reflect and#8211; which is why I like it so much. If you need a dose of romantic and moving poetry in your life, I highly recommend you follow this guy.and#8221;
and#8220;I read page after page, and I hope you take the time to do the same. That way we all can tell our children, as they reads his words from their textbooks, that we were among the lucky ones who first happened upon Tyler Knott Gregson not long after his tumblr days. This man. Him and his words are remarkable. I would tip my figurative hat to you, sir, but even that seems to small of a gesture to express myself.and#8221;
and#8212;Just Another Silly Dreamer
and#8220;Forget having a guy quote me Shakespeare or Neruda, find me a guy who can quote Gregson. Heand#8217;d have me hook, line, and sinker.and#8221;
and#8212;Belle of the Library
and#8220;Gregson'sand#160;Chasers of the Lightand#160;is a beautiful little book that will make you feel something.and#8221;
and#8212;Pretty In Fiction
and#8220;and#8230;gorgeous from cover to cover.and#8221;
and#8212;Savvy Verse and Wit
and#8220;I would give this book to anyone I'd like to convince to start reading poetry.and#8221;
and#160;and#8220;Beautifully done and a fresh and creative voice in poetry.and#8221;
and#8212;Stories and Sweeties
and#8220;Please read this book, especially if youand#8217;re new to poetry because itand#8217;s a great first introduction.and#8221;
and#8212;I Blog, You Read
and#8220;Gregson writes some of the most beautiful, romantic, and thought-provoking poetry I have ever read.and#8221;
and#8212;Girls Writes Reviews
and#8220;I wanted to kiss the book and place it somewhere, not just toss it into a ready to pass on pile.and#8221;
and#8220;This is hands down, no doubt about it, the most beautifully written piece of work Iand#8217;ve read this year.and#8221;
Poet and cartoonist Austin Kleon has discovered a new way to read between the lines. Armed with a daily newspaper and a permanent marker, he constructs through deconstruction—eliminating the words he doesn't need to create a new art form: Newspaper Blackout poetry.
Highly original, Kleon's verse ranges from provocative to lighthearted, and from moving to hysterically funny, and undoubtedly entertaining. The latest creations in a long history of "found art," Newspaper Blackout will challenge you to find new meaning in the familiar and inspiration from the mundane.
Newspaper Blackout contains original poems by Austin Kleon, as well as submissions from readers of Kleon's popular online blog and a handy appendix on how to create your own blackout poetry.
About the Author
Tyler Knott Gregson is a poet, author, professional photographer, and artist who lives in the mountains of Helena, Montana. When he is not writing, he operates his photography company, Treehouse Photography, with his talented partner, Sarah Linden.