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Poem: take an ache, make it sing

from our poet of the month, Tyler Knott Gregson

Dancing in a flower field


The guidance Tyler Knott Gregson offers in his new book, Miracle in the Mundane, is meant to help us tap into our creativity, purpose, and joy; because, "from time to time in this crazy and chaotic spin we call life, we need to pause, reflect, and truly begin again."

"Without poetry, I would not be here. Without the aching, I would not have poetry. Without the aching, I would never have found the words, never have known to give them a voice, never have known to let them sing. I was asked once what poetry was to me, and that was the only answer I knew to give it. It's taking that ache, and making it sing. It does not matter what the song sounds like, it does not matter what the lyrics end up being, it's just giving all the aches in you, the positive and the negative, the space to realize themselves. It's giving yourself room to feel them, all of them, as high and as low as they may take you." —Tyler Knott Gregson

take an ache, make it sing

The poetry isn't the words
it's not the punctuation
or the line gaps,
not the rhyme
or the typewriter that forms
the letters.
The poetry is the aching,
the empty pit
that I cannot seem to fill,
the breath I lost
and could never catch

Listen in as Tyler reads his poem, take an ache, make it sing:

Reprinted from MIRACLE IN THE MUNDANE by arrangement with TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2019, Tyler Knott Gregson.

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Tyler Knott Gregson

Tyler Knott Gregson is a poet, author, professional photographer, and artist who lives in the mountains of Helena,...

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