‘Rad Writer’ posts are our way of celebrating well-known novelists, poets and authors while getting to know them a little bit better.
I don’t know about you, but personally I would proclaim Rupi Kaur to be the reigning queen of poetry.
The essence of her small Indian body is filled with creativity and depth. I’ve seen her poems retweeted, posted on Instagram and set as WhatsApp profile pictures way too many times (not that I have any problem with it). So who is this Internet wonder anyway?
Described as an Instapoet, Rupi is a Canadian creative, originally from Punjab, India. I said “creative” specifically since she dabbles in illustration, videography, photography, poetry, spoken-word performance, painting and design. Basically an all-round artist.
Rupi spoke at one of my favourite TEDx talks and said, “Writing became like a limb. It became an extension of my being.” A powerful statement? Hell yeah. She opened and closed her speech with a thought-provoking, beautiful spoken-word about overcoming rape.
The focus of her work is usually about love, trauma, loss, femininity and healing. Here are a few of my favourite Rupi Kaur quotes:
She sparked lots of controversy with her photo series titled, Period. The pictures portray the menstrual cycle in the raw. This piece shows bravery and rebellion, and all I can do is praise her for it. This photo was removed from Instagram twice and Rupi’s response was one for the feminist books.
“Thank you Instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. You deleted my photo twice stating that it goes against community guidelines. I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be ok with a small leak when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified, pornified, and treated less than human.”
The more I read into her work, the more she seems like the Madonna of modern day poetry. Controversial. Bold. Daring. Unapologetic. My proof for this? She was told that her spoken-word was ‘too aggressive’ for certain venues and her works about domestic violence and rape have made quite a few people uncomfortable.
Though, she really did revolutionise the YA genre of poetry. Rupi Kaur is one of the reasons why I love reading poetry today. Her art helped me to figure out things about myself and my personal journey. But above all, as a young Indian woman, she’s given me someone to look up to artistically. English-speaking, female, Indian writers are few and far (very, very far) between in mainstream media. She’s given me a sense of pride and helped my mind set to grow into one that is fearless and can conquer all.
For more information on Rupi Kaur and her work, visit: http://www.rupikaur.com
Love and light,