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Rupi Kaur: Making Poetry Cool Again

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Rupi Kaur certainly is not alone in the resurgent popularity of the modern poetry space, but she remains a standout star.

Rupi Kaur is said to be the superstar of the new age of poets that are posting their work on social media before being published. This Canada-based poet is one of the #instapoet community’s OG creators. We have huge admiration for Kaur, from femininity to trauma, she covers a wide range of topics in her books. Her poetry is simplistic and anything but traditional, that’s just how it goes.

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being an immigrant is a funny little thing. i’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it means for me. because whether i like it or not- it has impacted a majority of my life. i grew up. like many of you immigrant children. teeter-tottering two very different worlds. at home i had to be the obedient little girl who did exactly as she was told- or suffer the consequences. i spoke when spoken to. could not change my appearance or attitude to fit in with the other kids. that’s how the culture was. at school i tried so badly to be like every other western kid. but given the strictness i lived with- that wasn’t easy. whether at home or school it felt like i was always losing. it was impossible to fit into either of these places completely. which left me feeling like an outcast in both. when i stepped into my early twenties and finally had some agency i eventually embraced my immigrant history. it's something many of us go through. and i laughed to myself when i realized something: i feel so brown when i’m in canada. so brown. because that automatically sets me apart here – and hardly ever for the right reasons. and then i go back to punjab. and holyyyyyyyy mother. i feel so godamn canadian. when we’re hanging out in the village and there’s water buffalo and chickens roaming around our front yard – i forget my brownness for a second (cause big whoop- over there everyone is brown and busy dealing with greater oppressive forces). and that’s how i came to write this poem. i realized that being an immigrant feels like being a bridge between both countries. i can’t fully step into and just belong to one. i’m somewhere in the middle. being an immigrant is being the bridge between the last generation and the next. and damn. that’s a beautiful thing. #thesunandherflowers

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She is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator. Most noted for her books, Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers, full of short-form poetry and prose. Her first collection “Milk and Honey” sold over a million copies and has been translated into over thirty languages.

Her amassed 3.4 million followers on Instagram is a major accomplishment in itself. Kaur has leveraged her reach to expand her message and influnce. From being featured in respected magazines like Cosmopolitan and Vogue to a book tour with sold out shows, love her or hate her Kaur is mastering the game. She empower’s us to channel our inner rockstar, regardless of what anyone thinks.

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Keep up with Kaur on Instagram (@rupikaur_) or on her website: rupikaur.com.

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