Technology may have its extreme highs and lows, but one thing we absolutely adore about it is how it has made many art forms accessible. Now, taking an entire library with you on something as slim as a Kindle is possible. Then there's also how it can help us discover many budding artists, novelists, and poets at a single tap. It's worth noting that people who can partially thank technology for their success are Instagram poets like Lang Leav.
Aside from winning many writing awards when she was still starting and her first book, Love & Misadventure, immediately gaining traction in its release in 2013, there's no doubt that her Instagram presence truly helped her career. Her relatable words dressed as poetry and prose captured more audiences on the platform. Furthermore, their shareability through social media made her a famed personality to those who already enjoy poetry and those who are just starting to like it. And now, whether it's on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you will definitely find someone quoting her words, changing how we take art as we know it. With this, it's no wonder why many others followed suit, paving way for Instagram's growing poetry community.
So in celebration of International Poetry Day, here are other Instagram poets you need to check out if Lang Leav's words are your cup of tea.
If you think that D.M. is already as mysterious as these Instapoets are going to get, Atticus will prove you wrong. Despite his growing popularity with more than 1.1 million Instagram followers to boot, this writer keeps his real identity secret. He dons a mask during rare public appearances and interviews and exposes very little about his private life, making him as interesting as his writings. This New York Times bestselling writer follows the minimalist appeal of Lang Leav, keeping words sharp yet relatable. His themes are usually of love and relationships that every romantic will have difficulty staying away from.
There's a misconception that poetry portrays only sappy and romantic ideologies. But Nikita Gill rebuts just that with some of her works. The British-Indian poet loves focusing on themes that deal with migration, human rights, activism, and many other socio-political issues, embodying the adage "The pen is mightier than the sword." Still, her works also do not shy away from lighter themes like Greek mythology, love, and self-help, making them a hit no matter what you're in for.
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