Hey guys! I know this isn’t my usual fare, but I really wanted to let you know about this one.
This is a collection of poems from Tyler Knott Gregson (the guy who has all those typewriter poems that you see on Pinterest). I was contacted by the publisher about reading this and passing the word on for two reasons. (One of them is obviously for a review.)
So we’ll start there. I own Gregson’s first collection of poems and I love that book. Gregson’s poetry is interesting because he usually focuses on the small yet important details in daily life, like the way the wind grasps your hair and blows it around or the way loneliness can feel like an old friend. It’s kind of a fascinating way of looking at the world.
Actually, I’m pretty sure Gregson must be an introvert because there’s so much he writes about that is so identifiable. It’s all of that writing from a curious mind. He just sees things differently, in a way that makes you as the reader feel not so alone in noticing weird things too. I like that.
I will admit, though, that I’m more of a fan of Gregson’s love poems. While Wildly Into the Dark does have love poems, the vast majority of them are more philosophical and, on a couple of occasions, political. There’s nothing wrong with it (the poems are still quite good), but they just aren’t my usual interest area. But overall, the collection of poetry is quite good if you enjoy poetry. (As a teacher, I am well aware of how many people do not. I get to hear it every day.)
As I mentioned, the publisher had another reason for contacting me: $1 of every preordered book goes to To Write Love on Her Arms. (Official release date is March 28, 2017.) This is an organization I have a lot of respect for and I would absolutely love it if anyone interested in this book enough to buy it would preorder it so TWLOHA gets some of the proceeds. I wanted to give them a shout-out for that.
If you’d like more information about preordering or the book, go here. It’s Gregson’s website and he’s got all the details there.
Thank you to any and all who give this book a second look!