We don’t always have the time or patience to read long, dragging novels. Coffee table books are just the thing to satisfy our cravings for brilliant literature in short bursts.

This one by photographer Tyler Knott Gregson is absolutely gorgeous in a grunge, charactered way. In this post, we’re featuring his book called “Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series.”

The story behind this book’s creation began with a vintage typewriter that he stumbled upon in an antique store. While in the shop, he ripped off a random page from a book and just started typing on the spot.

As it is with typerwiters, there is little room for revision. Using the old-fashioned machine, he was restricted to typing a poem without overthinking, having no plans whatsoever. Very spontaneous, raw and unedited. Yet quite beautiful in all its honesty.

In my journey to doing away with crippling perfectionism, I just fell in love with this book instantly.

It’s deep, dark and romantic poetry is engulfed in crumples, creases, rips, blotched pages and smudges all over the place. Gregson types on peculiar paper that is old and used, such as receipts and even on tissue paper.

What’s not to love with the way a photographer sees the world as the beautiful mess that it is? The vintage typewriter and old crumpled paper just brings so much character to every beautiful word.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do. It’s a must-have in one’s shelf. I thank my dear friend Tasha who graciously entrusted me to rummage through her bookshelves containing this gem.

Can’t have enough books? I’ve blogged about other books too, do check out one on Murakami’s South of the Border, West of the Sun.

Thanks for dropping by! Tell us what’s on your luscious mind in the comments section below.

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May Gordoncillo

May is a soul-searching freelance writer/editor who earned her BS and MA degrees in communication from the University of the Philippines. She unleashes her creative prowess in her blog, Luscious Mind.