'Micropoet' Rupi Kaur nourishes readers with Milk and Honey

Rupi Kaur's poetry was so popular on social media, especially among young women, that her self-published book became a bestseller.
Poet and Instragram sensation, Rupi Kaur sits down with Shad to talk about how she got started in what she dubs "design poetry". 13:59
Listen15:06

"Like a damn hug." That's how poet and performer Rupi Kaur describes her first open mic event. 

Kaur had always been artistic — writing, drawing and taking photos from a young age — but her first experience on stage drew her toward spoken word and open-hearted engagement with an audience.

After a string of performances left her yearning to reach even more people, Kaur started experimenting online. Her work took off on social media, particularly among young women who recognized themselves in her work.

Kaur's poems, which sprouts up on sites like Instagram and Tumblr, is a blend of writing and drawing that she calls "design poetry."    

"So much of it is in how it looks visually to the reader, so I use only lower case," Kaur tells Shad, "I want to basically get rid of as many distractions as I can so that the reader can just pour themselves into the word — kind of like, the equality of the letters."

Her self-published a book of poetry, Milk and Honey, has been re-released by American publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Internet "design poet" Rupi Kaur reads a poem from her book "Milk and Honey". 0:59

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.