It’s the middle of the day. You’re riding the train from Churchgate to Borivali in humid Mumbai weather- scrolling, swiping, double tapping all the #mondaymotivation you can see. You scroll through a healthy dosage of nihilistic memes and find yourself in the territory that has been puzzling you for quite a while.
The #instapoetry posts are spreading across the internet faster than Taimur Ali Khan memes, and that is saying a lot. Conventionally, these posts comprise of a short poem with artsy fonts and a relevant (or so they think) artistic drawing.
Almost everyone seems to be an “instapoet” today. Where, then, does the true value of poetry lie?
More importantly, has poetry- as we know it- lost all meaning thanks to the often cringe-worthy #instapoetry that creeps up on our feed?
As with most things, the answer to this question isn’t a definite yes or a no. Primarily because the dense jungle of social media creativity is hard to comb through. Nevertheless, there have been some creative minds who have stood out, consistently. They create poems that are going to stand the test of time and really matter, when the time comes.
An honourable mention would be that of Lang Leav. An award-winning, bestselling author, Lang Leav’s poetry can best be defined as words making music. Her careful choice of words makes her poems touching, memorable and often something to go back to, at the end of a long, hard day.
She has taken the internet by storm through her cathartic writing.
Speaking of women who have taken the internet by storm through their poetry, it would be criminal to miss Rupi Kaur. Quite the subject of literary controversy, Rupi Kaur has been criticised far and wide for her specific recipe of poetry.
A lot of readers, however, have drawn inspiration from her and have crowded the internet with often below-average poetry that is widely applauded. The sheer viral nature of such poetry seems to shock and despair the so-called elite netizens.
Should we, then, completely disregard the presence and impact of such posts?
The answer would be no.
The internet is still- and will continue to be- the place where individuals interact and the community grows. If a certain type of content is attracting viewers and creating impressions, we need to understand what aspect of it attracts its readership.
The sheer lack of length of these articles cannot be reason enough to disregard them. The fact is that they connect with the masses in a limited number of words. When connections are forged, the art gets its due.
What we are trying to say is that if a piece of #instapoetry is deep, connects and is written in the correct semantics of the language, who are we to make little of such art? So long as the sanctity of language is maintained and there is depth and meaning to what’s written, we think #instapoetry might just be here to stay.
And it will flourish if we all were to take a page from Tyler Knott Gregson’s book.