I will never, ever believe in the words
“too late” because it is never too late
to be exactly who you wish, do exactly
what you should, say exactly what needs
to be heard, and live the exactly life
you should be living.
The Typewriter Series is a series of poems created by Tyler Knott Gregson, which was born of a spontaneous poem that Gregson wrote on a typewriter. Fascinated by the immediacy, the inability to edit, and the fact that he had written the poem on a found piece of paper that gave new meaning to it, Gregson turned it into a series. The book is comprised of scans of the actual pieces of found paper (the backs of calendar pages, old library cards, book end pages, receipts etc) with the poems, photographs by Gregson, and black out poetry.
One of the best things about this book is the object itself. It’s a slim hardcover and I enjoyed flipping through it and discovering all the different types of paper that Gregson used for his poetry. My favorite poems were the shortest ones, comprised of only one line or two, of a delightful insight. The photographs are beautiful, but a little disjointed in the overall presentation of the book.
Unfortunately, for me, one of the best things about poetry is how careful it is, how thoughtful it is. Spontaneous poems, with little editing, can be beautiful and insightful, and there were a few in Gregson’s collection that fit that description, but I found an entire book of them to be disappointing. After a while, the poems all began to sound the same and the charm wore off. While I wish the poems had been a little bit more carefully considered and a little bit more craft put into them, I do appreciate the sentiment behind Gregson’s project and this book as an object and piece of art.