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Verse goes viral: how young feminist writers are reclaiming poetry for the digital age
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Free downloads of all books — PDF links below:. Like this: Like Loading R upi Kaur has achieved a rare feat for a modern poet: mainstream popularity. Part of a new generation of instapoets — young poets publishing verse primarily on social media — Kaur, who turns 25 this month, pairs her dreamy, aphoristic poems with doodles reminiscent of those found in the margins of old school books.
Kaur writes about love, sex, rejection and relationships , all topics common on social media, but she also deals with darker material: abuse, beauty standards, racism.
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Her debut collection, Milk and Honey, has sold 1. But success often comes with a backlash, and for every ardent fan, there is a sneering keyboard critic. Her trademark fragmented free verse makes her easy prey for online sceptics.
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Kaur treads a fine line between accessibility and over-simplicity, and often stumbles into the latter. There have also been plagiarism claims , most notably when her second collection, The Sun and Her Flowers, was announced. Nayyirah Waheed , another young poet who posts work on social media, had accused Kaur of ignoring her messages about the similarities between their work.
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These claims aside, the truth is that both writers have hit upon a winning formula: rupturing short confessional pieces with erratic line breaks to share hard-won truths. Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book and paid a small fee to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. Foreword Reviews and Clarion Reviews make no guarantee that the author will receive a positive review.
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