Wildly into the Dark // Tyler Knott Gregson
*DISCLAIMER* If you haven't yet read my review on Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson, then I highly suggest you go read that first before proceeding to reading this review.
Overview: Wildly into the Dark is the third installment of Gregson's Typewriter Poems series following Chasers of the Light and All the Words Are Yours. Nearly identical in style and format to Chasers of the Light, each page contains the "rattlings of a curious mind" that appear to have been typed on recycled materials ranging from pages from old books to old receipts, in addition to Gregson's original photography. The only difference between the two works is that Wildly into the Dark also contains short, novel-like poems that are beautifully written and read like private memories.
My Thoughts: As I promised in my last review of one of Gregson's works, I went into reading this book with absolutely no expectations in the hopes that I wouldn't be as let down as I was with Chasers of the Light. Whether it was my approach to reading Wildly into the Dark or not I have to admit that I fell wildly in love with this book. I wish I could write this review without comparing Wildly into the Dark to Chasers of the Light because each work deserves to be recognized as an individual work of art; however, because they also belong to a collection I feel that the easiest way to explain my conclusions is by making these comparisons.
My biggest issue with Chasers of the Light, besides having been under the false impression that the book was about more than just a tale of two lovers, was that the majority of the poems inside were portrayed from a hopeless romantic point of view that quite honestly came off as rushed and unauthentic at times. Fortunately, Wildly into the Dark didn't follow in it's shallow footsteps. Having now completed the book of poems I can safely say that this time there is no reason to not trust the title of the book to hint at the tone of what's written inside.
It wouldn't be a book written by Tyler Knott Gregson if there weren't a few love poems included inside, but this book also finally allows the reader to see a different side of the hopeless romantic - his dark, dreary, and unsettled side. Quite honestly, it was refreshing to be trusted as a reader to see the cracks in his always hopeful facade. The experience of reading these poems was also much different than the experience I had when reading Chasers of the Light - this time the experience felt intimate, honest, and most importantly FAMILIAR. Many of the poems I'd read by Gregson in the past were unrelatable and irritating simply due to the fact that they were almost all related to feelings of elation from a loving relationship; however, Wildly into the Dark touched on heartbreak, depression, loneliness, politics, humanity, and more - topics that many more of us experience and reflect on, on a daily basis.
I've never denied the fact that I am a pessimist, and I've also never denied the fact that love, or even the idea of love, does not come easily for me. Perhaps these are the reasons that I've enjoyed Wildly into the Dark far more than I enjoyed Chasers of the Light; however, I think everyone who reads this book will find something they can relate to, something they can reflect on, and they may even gain perspective on things that they thought they'd taken their final stances on. All in all, I loved reading about the cracks and shattered pieces of someone else's mind, simply because it reminded me that I'm not the only one who has ever experienced the darkness in life, but it also reminded me that darkness is nothing without the light.
Overall Rating: 10/10