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Reinventing Poetry on Instagram

It is impossible to talk about poetry on Instagram without mentioning Lang Leav. A veritable superstar of the genre, her Instagram posts are regularly flooded with comments by adoring fans who praise her works for their lyrical beauty. Image Credit: Lang Leav's Instagram


Whoever still thinks that poetry is boring and dull must not have been Instagram lately. A whole new breed of writers, dubbed Instagram poets, have reinvented the genre to suit the palates of modern readers. Short, emotive and paired with photographs, illustrations and other visuals, they cater to the digital age where emotional states and personal experiences are shared and spread unabashedly.

This freedom extends to the poems’ form. Instagram poets are huge proponents of free verse, taking a creative approach to rhyme, rhythm, meter and even punctuation. While traditionalists may find it unacceptable, fans love their approachable take on darker and more socially-relevant themes such as feminism, abuse and identity. Look out for these names the next time you scroll on Instagram, or check out their books if you prefer to keep some things old school.  

The Dark Between Stars

The Dark Between Stars: Poems

Fans of Atticus love his Instagram posts that combine a minimal black and white aesthetic with uncomplicated lines that evoke emotions. Despite finding fame on a social media platform, he has never made his identity public. Perhaps this is what empowers him to write such honest and unedited lines about love, loss and longing.

Wildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and The Rattlings of a Curious Mind

Wildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and The Rattlings of a Curious Mind

Tyler Knott Gregson was an accidental poet, having found the typewriter which gave him his signature format of combining vivid photographs, prose and poetry. This collection of his musings on love, nature and travel is just like his Instagram page, only packaged into a beautiful hardcover form.

Planting Gardens in Graves II

Planting Gardens in Graves II

Another breakout star poet on Instagram, r.h. Sin writes for women; about their pain, sorrows, strength and worth. This second book in his Planting Gardens in Graves series continues with his theme of loss and the courage to overcome it.

I Find You in The Darkness: Poems

I Find You in The Darkness: Poems

If you like poems about loss and finding strength in oneself, Alfa is right up your alley. Also known as Alfa on Instagram, her page is filled with pretty typewritten paragraphs that will resonate with the brokenhearted and those in need of courage.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One

The Princess Saves Herself in This One

Amanda Lovelace’s topics of feminism, friendship and self-love are self-evident from the titles of her books. Reading her poems is like drinking a strong cup of tea: potent and bracing for the times when you need strength, warm and comforting when you are in need of support.

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

A mainstay of the Instagram poetry movement, Rupi Kaur’s works deal with topics that are close to her heart, such as identity, loss and healing. Those who enjoy the combination of clean line drawings and poems as featured on her Instagram page will find more to like in this collection.

Love Looks Pretty on You

Love Looks Pretty on You

With six poetry collections and a novel under her belt, Lang Leav has accumulated an international fanbase who identify with her take on love and heartbreak. Love her or hate her, it is undeniable that she has made poetry relevant to many who thought it too inaccessible.

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I Wrote This for You by Iain S. Thomas

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