In the recent years, poetry has been gaining traction again. More and more people, especially the young ones and the so-called millennials, are now seeing the beauty in the art. As poet and writer Jasmin Kaur wrote in her blog, “it’s always exciting to see poetry gaining attention amongst my generation.” And adding that “poetry, which is often seen as ‘marketless’ by publishing companies, may be making its return.”
And it’s true. Poetry is indeed gaining attention, and social media plays a large role in that. Creative writers and poets are utilizing the medium to share their work with the world. And you know how the internet is—anything interesting, much more a beautiful piece of art can spread like wildfire in a snap.
More than that, I find that the reason the younger generation has fallen in love with the art is because it is relatable. There is a certain vulnerability to be felt in modern poetry; it is honest and it is real. It doesn’t try to mask the many flaws we experience as humans. And the revelation in discovering you are not alone in feeling these things (which is often times isolating) is somewhat liberating. And isn’t that what we just all want to feel? That we are not alone?
Below are seven of my personal favorite Instagram accounts for when you need a little dose of poetry in your life.
7. J Kenneth Banks
If I were to describe J Kenneth Banks’ poetry, I would describe it as a long night drive with a beautiful stranger you just met. His words feel spontaneous, wild, free. And don’t we all need that feeling, every once in a while?
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6. Beau Taplin
Beau Taplin is a romantic through and through. Most of his poetry are about love and romance, and all the mushy, messy, intoxifying details in between.
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5. Christopher Poindexter
Christopher is a lover of jazz music—smooth, sexy, gentle, intense, and sometimes complex—which is often times what can be said about his poetry, too.
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AVA’s poetry always feels sweet and tender, as can be easily perceived with how she usually posts her work—with a flower or petal on the side. Most of her poetries are love-themed as well, which she likes to call love letters. For whom, though? That is unknown. But don’t we all just want to say something we can’t to someone?
3. Nayyirah Waheed
One of my favorites, Nayyirah Waheed’s poetry feels like a still ocean at dusk. The waves are quiet and soft, the shore a little bit more chilly, but the comforting kind. There is a certain stillness in her words, and I live for that. Stillness.
2. Tyler Knott Gregson
Tyler Knott Gregson perhaps is the most known in this list, and perhaps would need no introduction. One of the most loved poets on the internet, Tyler’s poems range from travel and adventure, relationships, and self-empowerment. He writes some really inspiring stuff. If you feel your fire dying out and need to light yourself up again, this is the page to run to.
1. Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur. Where do we even begin. Rupi Kaur is the queen of modern poetry, if you ask me. Not only is her poetry so raw and honest, it is full of both tenderness and power, too. Hers are words that move. She does not hold back. Many people relate to her stories of heartbreaks and healing, which is no question as to why she is currently one of the best-selling poets out there.
If the Instagram posts are not enough for you, she has a book of her poetries called Milk & Honey, which is just so beautiful (I own a copy) I could cry.
Loved these pages? Give them a follow over at Instagram. And are there others we should know about, too? Let us know. Tell us about them in the comments section. xx