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The best poetry on Instagram

By Kobo • April 07, 2024Recommended Reading

The world of Instagram poetry has more than Milk and Honey to offer

Since the first scratchings of script on cave walls, humans have always been looking for new ways to share words. Many authors today use highly visual media to share their writing, offering a reading experience that’s different from the traditional static page but still rooted in a love of language.

Bestselling author Rupi Kaur stands out in this field, making her name as an Instagram Poet before most people who identify as "readers" had heard of such a thing. While her preferred medium is new, Kaur’s poetry deals in time-honoured themes of love and loss, adding explorations of contemporary concerns with migration, healing, and feminism. And for fans of her work, we’re happy to say she’s not the only one: there are many, many poets exploring similar themes and working primarily in social media.

The Nectar of Pain by Najwa Zebian

Lebanese-Canadian poet Najwa Zebian speaks to the cleansing effect of pain on a broken heart in this 2016 collection of inspiring verse.

@najwazebian

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The Evolution of a Girl by L.E. Bowman

Lauren E. Bowman embellishes her words with beautiful flowers, either along the margins or encasing the words. With an impressive following—over 307,000 followers on Instagram—L. Bowman, as she is known, inspires readers to be kinder to themselves, to take care in their choices, and to always put themselves first. 

@l.e.bowman.poetry

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Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson

An antique Remington typewriter turned out to be the conduit Tyler Knott Gregson had been waiting for when he loaded it with a page that fell out of a disintegrating book and typed a poem on the spot. Using other similarly unlikely scraps of paper, he wrote nearly 1000 more poems on that typewriter—either keying them indelibly onto their weathered surfaces or finding the poems already on them by selectively blackening out the text.

@tylerknott

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the princess saves herself in this one by amanda lovelace

If we're going to talk about poets who rose to fame through social media, especially on Instagram, we have to talk about amanda lovelace. They not only took the world by storm through Instagram, but also its predecessor Tumblr. Her work explores topics such as love, healing, feminism, and personal and spiritual growth.

@ladybookmad

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LVOE.: Poems, Epigrams & Aphorisms by Atticus

Dubbed “the world’s most tattooable poet” by Teen Vogue, Atticus may be the most famous anonymous poet ever. Here he looks inward, showing us his heart while keeping his face shrouded in black.

@atticuspoetry

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The Lover and Her Human by Winnie Nantongo

Love, loss, grief, and empowerment drive this debut collection by Ugandan poet by Winnie Nantongo.

@itswinnita

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Your Body is an Ocean: Love and Other Experiments by Nikita Gill

Are these poems? Fairy tales? Biographies of people real or imagined? The answer, Nikita Gill whispers across all 33 of these fragments is, almost.

@nikita_gill

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Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Lang Leav’s poetry may contain just part of her talent as an artist and novelist, yet her vision of heartbreak and healing expressed in this illustrated book of verse is an indivisible whole.

@langleav

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soft magic by Upile Chisala

Malawian storyteller and “Instapoet” Upile Chisala takes readers on a healing journey in five parts in her first book.

@beingupile

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