Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Personally, this day bears no significant cultural meaning for me, but I have always held fond memories of it. Back in school, it was a traditional among my classmates to give flowers, chocolate and presents to one another on Valentine’s Day as a way to show our love and appreciation for our friends. I used to look forward to going to school on V-day to find my desk filled with an assortment of little gifts that warmed my heart up. It felt like it was a way of telling friends that I do still have you at the back of my mind.
In the spirit of loving and sharing, below are five of my favorite Instagram poets that will melt your heart away. On a side note, I have recently discovered Instagram as a writing platform, and am impressed with the literary and artistic flair shown on the social media platform. If you have other poets to share, leave them down in the comments box below. And let me know what are your Valentine’s Day memories?
The grand daddy of Instagram poets, RM Drake has long been the darling of a long list of celebrities, including the Kardashian-Jenners, Paris Hilton and Wu-Tang Clan. His writing always seems to be able to trigger raw emotions that everyone can related to without failing to tug at heart strings. Perfect sappy read in bite-sized pieces
Poems Porn might be a misnomer for most of their posts are not poems per se but rather a mixtape of quotes, excerpts and writings. Nevertheless, I love how this account is curated. Each day, three posts are uploaded with two featuring a quote and the last being a photograph. They are all thematically linked to convey a mini narrative that feels like watching a movie reel.
Quarter Life Poetry
There are so many reasons that I keep going back to this account. Punchy haiku, cutesy illustrations and a self-deprecating sense of humor that add layers of character to the work. Coupled with the fact that the poems touch on issues that most 20-somethings can relate to, including money, adulthood, and other everyday life struggles. This might not be the most romantic read for the night, but if you have an old soul like me, it will surely cheer you up.
Lang Leav’s poetry uses a wide range of imagery and allusions that are so vivid and descriptive that it beautifully illustrates the state of being in love. Love can be like a whirlpool or a warm winter sunshine where the promise of summer shines out from within. It is this soft feminine voice that gives her writing a highly personal touch and it a hit with me.
Sketches, photography and poetry – a trinity of these creative elements utilised by Tony Ciampa won over my vote. Admittedly, I have a soft spot for handwritten notes in this modern age of computers and keyboards for they bring back a sense of nostalgia and adds a touch of flair to the writing.