Rupi Kaur and Instagram Poetry

Rupi Kaur and Instagram Poetry

With the end of 2019 came lists and awards from media outlets about the past ten years in review. Among these was the declaration by The New Republic that Rupi Kaur was their writer of the decade. Kaur, at only twenty-seven years old, is known as an “Instapoet,” and owes much of her success to her highly popular Instagram account where she publishes short poems accompanied by distinct line drawings. Kaur currently has 3.9 million followers, and her posts alternate between coloured photos—often of Kaur herself—and poems made up of black text on a white background. Social media poetry tends to follow a similar structure: aesthetic, brief, and easily digestible.

Seven Scars

Seven Scars

“What are the colours of your body?” She asks me. As if she cannot see for herself what I am.

As if she cannot believe her eyes.

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