I stayed the night to read/listen to Home Body by Rupi Kaur because I was all in my head and emotions that I desired a reprieve. Well, I found it in both the book and the interesting controversy I found on the web surrounding Rupi’s type of poetry.
There seems to be an endless debate about what poetry generally is, what modern poetry has come to be and if modern poetry should be considered poetry at all given how unconventional it is or how it pays no homage to form/structure, style and (sometimes) lacks literariness.
Rupi’s books fall within the trenches of this debate.
Many criticize her work because they do not see the poetry in it and do not understand what all the fuss about her work is about. Her type of poetry is sometimes looked down upon by those in academia.
However, her fans regard her as a much-needed voice of diversity because she is an intensely personal writer who isn’t afraid to expose her innermost trauma. To them, they couldn’t have found better words for their traumas but Rupi does. They feel Rupi gets and understands how they feel. They see her as a goddess for disregarding a lot of traditional poetry rules to address issues of love, loss, trauma, healing, feminism, and migration.
Others are on the fence and beg for an answer to this question: should critics go easy on Rupi’s chosen style because of the subjects she addresses? Or should they appreciate her for taking up the fight against abuse and whatnot yet address the fact that she isn’t actually writing poetry?
Well, for me, I will say I am thankful that I was able to finally find sleep after listening to those “deep” words recorded in the poet’s voice.
Rupi has the numbers so she must be doing something right.
Besides, I am not so strict about the traditional forms of poetry. I love them, but if there is an uprising, I might as well get acquainted. It is the idea of being versatile that matters. From Renaissance poetry to Elizabethan poetry to Metaphysical poetry to Cavalier poetry to Romantic poetry to Victorian poetry to modern poetry, the forms of poetry changed over time.
Instapoetry can be a new reform in postmodernist poetry.
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟⭐ (3.5)
•• Rupi’s works are written exclusively in lowercase to honour her mother tongue, Punjabi. The Gurmukhi script is used to write Punjabi. It has no capital letters and no punctuation other than the period.
•• She writes a new subgenre of poetry called “Instapoetry’—a style of poetry that emerged after the advent of social media.
•• They are short, easy-to-understand poems. Their free verse poetry avoids complicated metaphors in favour of simple, straightforward language. They give a modern take on traditional poetic ideas and challenge the way traditional poetry is put together.