poetry is the new pop.
Rupi Kaur was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon. The first thing she says, “I thought I’d have to become a pop-star or an actress to get here!” Fallon is quick to note that “poetry is the new pop.”
What seems to excite Fallon about Kaur is exactly what seems to make so many academics and artists dislike Kaur: she has made poetry popular. Worst, she has made a type of poetry popular that has yet to be sanction as poetry.
I have many thoughts on this, and most of them will be fleshed out in Chapter 3 of my thesis, but for now, all I’ll say is that although the revolution will not be televised, it seemed that in terms of what counts as poetry and who has access to poetry, the revolution will be instagrammed.