Instapoet Rupi Kaur may be controversial, but fans and book sales are on her side

Friday, 13 October 2017, 05:11:33 PM. Instapoet Rupi Kaur says 'Good art will always break boundaries, and that’s what the gatekeepers are also seeing.' The Instagram star's first bestselling book 'Milk and Honey' has a follow-up and Kaur seems unstoppable.
“Milk and Honey,” the debut collection by 25-year-old Canadian poet Rupi Kaur, is the top-selling book in the United States this year so far, but its competition may have finally arrived — in the form of Kaur’s second book of poetry, “The Sun and Her Flowers” (Andrews McMeel, $16.99.) Kaur is a leader in the new movement of writers known as Instapoets, due not, as some might imagine, to instantaneous careers or fame, but because they have grown substantial readerships by sharing their poetry on Instagram. As of this writing, Kaur has 1.7 million Instagram followers, including pop star Ariana Grande (two days ago it was 1.6 million). When Kaur revealed the cover art for “The Sun and Her Flowers” on her account in July, the post received 180,138 likes and 8,044 comments, some of which (“OMGGG YASSS!!!” “I love you, rupi!”) recall the fervent devotion of Beatles fans. “Even yesterday, so many people were showing me love at our reception,” she said of the book’s launch when we spoke recently. “I was so grateful and feeling so blessed, but at the same time, I was like, this is so confusing. Poetry? Really?” Rupi Kaur performs at the Aratani Theatre on Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. » Kaur lives in Toronto, where she moved from India with her family when she was 4. She studied English at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and performed her poetry live in Canada before she began sharing it on social media. BDPYgHHnA_w Kaur’s poems, which appear in a single Instagram image, are often...Read more
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