Verse moves viral: how young feminist writers are regaining poetry for the digital age

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Fusing writing, music, art and technology, a new generation is taking poetry beyond the bookstore

If youre not an Instagrammer you may never have heard of Rupi Kaur. In happening, if youre not a young girl Instagrammer, then your chances are likely even slimmer.

And yet, with virtually 750,000 Instagram adherents and more than half a million copies of her introduction verse accumulation, Milk and Honey, sold worldwide, Kaur is one of the biggest names on the literary background right now.

Dubbed the queen of an developing tendency of Instapoets, this 24 -year-old Indian-Canadian writer is producing the charge in an agitating new move of young novelists regaining poetry for the digital age.

Fierce as they are fleeting, Kaurs poems are the species that can be read on a morning travel, a coffee break. Poems that is likely to be screenshot and shared, re-blogged and repurposed.

With her uprights gaining upwards of 50,000 likes a pop, it might be tempting to read their impact in simply viral terms transient and trivial, clickable and forgettable. But this would be to underestimate their impact on an developing online audience.

In her spare, cleaning ways, Kaur boldly takes on issues of femininity, carnal abuse, form image and racial discrimination. You/ ought to have/ educated your legs/ are a pit stop for men, she begins one of the opening songs in Milk and Honey. Dont tell me my wives/ arent as beautiful/ as the ones in/ your own country she closes another.

A photo posted by rupi kaur (@ rupikaur_) on Oct 25, 2016 at 8: 56 am PDT

Her first taste of internet luminary came when photographs of the young poet proudly boasting a span discolour extended viral. Kaur does not shy away from the components of the female event the hell is regarded appalling. And, from the attention she is gaining both online and off, it seems this is just the various kinds of honest and empowering articulation young woman are looking for.

In the aftermath of the US election, Wendy Copes takedown of mansplaining, Gaps of Opinion, was shared far and near substantiating yet again that poetry reverberates in troubled days. And across the world a new generation of feminist poets are get viral and changing the ways we view potential impacts of style in the new age.

In the UK, the young Somali-British poet Warsan Shire has shot to fame after featuring in Beyoncs internet-breaking Lemonade. Attacking issues of hasten, in-migration, culture and relationships, Shires poetry has dominated tending from a diverse audience, from her 50,000 Tumblr and Twitter admirers to elite literary gatekeepers, who reputation Shire Londons first-ever young poet laureate.

Over in Londons south-east, the poet, rapper and musician Kate Tempest is unleashing rapid-fire lyrical strikes on consumerism, difference and injustice. From award-winning poetry accumulations, sellout hip-hop reveals and YouTube spoken-word videos, to an opening slot at this years Sydney novelists gala, which itself commanded world attention, Tempest is as prolific as she is shapeshifting breaking down the borders of what style is and can be in the current social order.

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