Skip to main content

An Interview With a Typewriter Poet

I'm relatively a new fan of Tyler Knott Gregson's work, but that doesn't make me any less a fan. He's rekindled some kind of primal poetic urge in me I've long had dormant.


He seems to be mostly known for his "typewriter" series (as pictured above). He's also a photographer.

A little while ago, I sent him several questions. Tyler replied yesterday, and read on to see what his answers were to my questions:

UC: How/why did you get started doing typewriter poetry?
Tyler: I have always been writing, as long as I can remember, and I have always loved spilling out my words however I could possibly do so.  After writing a Daily Haiku on Love for over 3 years, I ended up buying an antique typewriter at a local antique store and just to break it in, I sat down and wrote an entire poem in about 2 minutes...no thinking it through, no proofreading, nothing.  Just sit and spill.  After the first, I was hooked and haven't slowed down since, 330 poems later.

UC: How have you felt about the reaction to it? Lykke Li is a fan I see!
Tyler: To be honest, any reaction at all blew me away.  I have never written for any other reason than to get the things I feel inside, out.  I write for me, and me alone, and the fact that anyone, anywhere even bothers to read it still blows my mind.  A few different "celebrities" have jumped on board with enjoying it and I just cannot make sense of it.  That said, it's so interesting to hear from and reach so many more people, and that reaction is clearly the source of it all.


UC: How long have you been writing poetry? Why did you start?
Tyler: I started because I had to.  I had too many words in too many places inside me and I needed a way to release some of that steam, that pressure that builds up.  I had to leak it out and poetry just always made sense.  I think the first fully formed poem I ever wrote was when I was 12 years old.  

UC: I see you are also a photographer! Do you approach photography similarly to poetry? 
Tyler: For me the two are intrinsically linked.  I think I've always seen the world as this perfect little miracle filled with so many beautiful little moments.  The tiny things, the simple seconds that I feel go unnoticed far too often.  In my poetry and my photography, I think I try to make tiny moments absolutely giant. Whether it's writing of a single second of time passing between two people, or capturing that in a still image, it's what I tend to go for.

UC: Who are your inspirations/influences?
Tyler: I just love to read.  I Love it.  I've always loved Walt Whitman, Neruda, T.S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, Brautigan, Millay.  SO many.  As for influence, I am not sure any of them have really influenced the way I write, as I think I write very differently from them, but I just love them and more than their writing style, their viewpoint on the world.

UC: What are you working on at the moment?
Tyler: Still going with the Haiku, Typewriter Series, Photography.  I own a photography company called Treehouse Photography and we fly all over the United States and world (when hired of course!) shooting weddings and I absolutely adore it.  We're always looking to go to new places and photograph new faces.  I'm also throwing around the idea of writing a screenplay for a film.  We'll see.



330 poems is QUITE A LOT. Thanks, Tyler! Check his work out here, one more time. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

"Anchors" - AM Higgins

Here's a nice breezy, almost sensual song from AM Higgins (the solo project of musician Annie Toth) to start your Tuesday off right.  Her debut album "Hymning" will be out November 5th on Victorialand Records. The album was mixed by Casey Foubert, a frequent collaborator of Sufjan Stevens. The album "captures the first years of moving from an American city to rural France." Sounds like "Hymning" will be a welcome escape from the world we live in right now, especially considering that Annie Toth counts poets Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton as influences.

"Mon Soleil" - Ashley Park

If there's anything people take away from my piss-poor legacy, I hope it's what a huge, unabashed fan of "Emily in Paris" I am and will continue to be. People love "90 Day Fiancee," "The Bachelor," and other garbage - allow me "Emily," which is at least harmless, kind of goofy fluff (which does, unfortunately, lean into some stereotypes, as the country of Ukraine knows ). I have already watched Season 2 twice. And honestly my favorite part of this show (despite my crush on Camille Razart and Lily Collins channeling Audrey Hepburn hardcore ) is Ashley Park. This woman has superstar written all over her. She's a bona fide Broadway star, and "Emily in Paris" has served as her pivot into the zeitgeist.  "Emily in Paris" is also showcasing her vocal prowess front and center this season, with her covering BTS, "All By Myself," "Sympathtique," and Marilyn Monroe. But the real standout performance is th

"Happy New Year"- Let's Eat Grandma

There's no way to start the New Year like some extremely upbeat music about the New Year! That's where this new synthpop-heavy single from the British duo Let's Eat Grandma comes into play. It's a delightful song, and it helps increase any excitement about their third album, "Two Ribbons," which will be out this April. I personally am looking forward to hearing more from Let's Eat Grandma, who deserve way more attention than they currently get. Hopefully, 2022 will be a big year for them. Here's one of their older tracks I quite like: