Pop Girl | April 08, 2019

Women Instapoets who advocate social change with their words

“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.“ - Audre Lorde

There is no doubt that poetry is a slice of life. We often blame the digital age for having killed poetry. But there are a group of women who know how to use the same digital era and turn it to a better place with their way of words.

On the contrary, the digital age is a blessing as well. Earlier, it would so happen that people would write wonderful poetry but unfortunately their poetry would never be published. But now people can use social media to express their words and effect change. Known as Instapoets, they use their power of language and use Instagram as an advantage.

Rupi Kaur @rupikaur_

Rupi Kaur is among the most popular Instapoets of today. The 26-year-old Canadian-Punjabi poet self-published her first book, Milk & Honey in 2015 that spent more than 100 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Her second book, The Sun and her Flowers too sold a million copies in 2017.

 

 
 
 
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Nikita Gill @nikita_gill

Nikita Gill is a British-Indian poet and author, who started writing at the age of 12 years old. Her first book of poetry, Wild Embers was published in 2017 followed by three more collections. The themes of her work revolves around loss, suffering, migration, and displacement.

 

 
 
 
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Pratishtha Khattar @_paradoxandmetaphors_

Known for her writings with a feministic touch and occasionally on love, Pratistha gives us a slice of life through the beautiful use of verses.

 

 
 
 
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Harnidh Kaur @harnidhk

In her Instagram bio, Harnidh Kaur described herself as, “i dare disturb the universe. feminist. word-er. gin sharer. curator of curiosities. views mine, i share.” Her work covers themes of feminism, women empowerment and other historical and political issues.

 

 
 
 
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Karuna Ezara Parikh @ezarawrites

Karuna Ezara Parikh is not only a poet, she is also a model, travel show host, does journalistic writings and is a scriptwriter. The Delhi-based woman writes on travel, lifestyle and women's issues.

 

 
 
 
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Isha Yadav @ishalogue

Apart from being an Instapoet, Isha Yadav is a writer at micro-fiction platform Terribly Tiny Tales, besides being an Assistant Professor of English at Delhi University. The 25-year-old is also an artist and volunteer for The Fearless Collective.

 

 
 
 
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Naina Kataria @psynide_

Naina Kataria is a scriptwriter at TVF Delhi, who writes on various topics. After having overcome a long phase of social anxiety, it was in January 2017 that she performed her first piece.

 

 
 
 
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What do you think about the generation of Instapoets, who are ruling the world now with their love for language?

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