Poetry in Motion

You hear “poetry” and might think readings, books, literature. But here’s why you should be thinking Instagram—five artistic poets packing a ton of emotion into that little square.

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Known for her handwritten poems, everything about Cleo Wade’s poetry invites you in, from her hand scrawled notes to the courageous, sometimes soul-bearing affirmations. She writes “for everyone who’s feeling alone in certain feelings,” (via Refinery29,)  and her signature signoff of, “That’s All” gives her quotes a sense of command, as if to say, “Don’t just read this—live it.”

Location: New York, NY

Followers: 167k

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Nikita Gill’s feministic self-love makes us extra-glad for the @tagging abilities of Instagram—her poems read like a salve for those seeking closure, healing, relief from loss and some good, old-fashioned empathy, and each post’s comments section becomes a list of empowerment. For an IRL experience, her book just came out.

Location: London, UK

Followers: 88.7k


Sugary-sweet pink drawings bring to life some hardcore messages of female empowerment and friendship, from a creator intent on remaining anonymous. In a Dazed interview  she says, “I realized that my anonymity allowed for people to find themselves in the lack of specificity of my online persona.”

Location: Montreal, Canada

Followers: 34.7k


K Towne Jr’s poems are powered by love and heartbreak and longing, crystallizing raw emotions we all know so well into phrases that resonate. And he’s just 26 years old.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Followers: 22.7k

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There are many reasons people get tattoos, but one is to carry something special with them at all times. That’s, perhaps, why fans of Alexandra Elle have her words artfully inked on.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Followers: 296k



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