- 24 Jul 18
Back when Instagram poetry first started to take off, it tended to be in the dominion of over-confident men who published Bukowski-inspired poems (in typewriter font, of course) about cigarette smoke, sex, fights with their lovers, sex, whiskey, sex, how difficult it was for them to commit, and - as always - bland, stylistically-rigid sex.
Needless to say, a lot of it was fairly shite.
In recent years something has shifted. A new cohort of voices have been showing us exactly how this medium can work hand-in-hand with the art of poetry. Often from marginal backgrounds, many of the best Instagram poets of today wouldn't be sniffed at by your average broadsheet literary editor, and yet they have 100,000s of followers, sell books by the bucketload, and are having important, illuminating conversations about race, mental health, sexuality, and the self.