I am glad to be joining Poetry Friday this week as we celebrate romances until end of this month.
all the words are yours: haiku on love
Poetry and Photography by: Tyler Knott Gregson
Published by: Perigee: An Imprint of Penguin Random House, 2015
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
This book called out to me from the library shelves. I didn’t know about Tyler Knott Gregson and how much of a sensation he apparently is in social media. It was the possibility of owning the words he has to give that made me pick it up and take the little booklet home with me.
What intrigued me about the book is how Gregson juxtaposed his poetry with the photographs he has taken. I didn’t really see a discernible connection between the theme of the haiku and the pictures (which kind of disappointed me), but I enjoyed the glossy pages and the unique way of presenting poetry, which I feel would appeal quite well with Tumblr-crazy teenagers.
There are 135 haiku shared in this collection, a few did spoke to me while most went right past my old, jaded heart. I can see its potential appeal to teenagers – and more than anything, I like how Gregson makes it look so easy, when I am sure it must have taken a great deal from him to keep to the 5-7-5 rule of haiku – while at the same time exploring the vagaries of love and all its joys and heartaches. I also admire his courage in being so heartfelt in a world that sneers at anything cheesy or deeply affecting, or just plain emotional.
I am sharing a few of my favourites here with you. What I did was to take a photo of the page – captured his words on image – and edited it using an iPhone app. I hope you enjoy it!