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We Should All Thank Instagram For Revamping Poetry

Insta-Poets are the new influencers.

Instagram is good at many things, including hours and hours of cute dog videos and making people care about CGI influencersInstagram is also home to many under-the-radar poets who publish their newest work daily to millions of followers. 

 

The perfect culmination of typography, immediate shareability, and quotes makes poetry and Instagram the perfect match. One of the most recognizable poets who got her start on Instagram is Rupi Kaur.

 

 

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Following her smashing success of her 2016 release, Milk and Honey, and her newest collection, The Sun and Her Flowers, Instagram poetry or Insta-poetry has never been more popular. 

 

A National Endowment for the Arts survey released in 2015 revealed that the number of Americans who had read at least one poem in the past year had declined 45% between 2002 and 2012 to a dismal 6.7% of the population, making it one of America’s least common activities. Considering the sales of Kaur’s books and her prevalence on social media over the past few years, the number of Americans who read poetry must have significantly climbed. 

 

The last time that poetry got such a righteous resurgence was in the 1960’s when singer-songwriter Rod McKuen sold millions of poetry books with similar composition to Kaur’s and other Instagram poets. The poetry being published on the platform is short, typically written in an old typewriter font or Times New Roman.

 

 

Alongside Kaur, some other popular Instagram poets who have been shared by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Karlie Kloss include r.h.sinAtticus, and nikita_gill

 

 

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Instagram has not only become a platform for sharing poetry, but has also allowed smaller poets to publish books of their work, spreading their art to bookstores across the nation. Following in the self-published steps of Rupi Kaur, Instagram poets like r.h. Sin and Amanda Lovelace have had their work picked up by Andrews McMeel Publishing, making their poetry even more widespread. 

 

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