A whole new generation has taken to Instagram to create and share poetry. Often described as an underground culture, some of the most successful Instagram poets have millions of followers and post over a dozen new poems a day.
That’s why, earlier this year, National Poetry Library put a call-out to aspiring poets and Instagrammers alike to share their work on Instagram, by tagging the library @nationalpoetrylibrary and using the hashtag #instapoetrylib.
A true exploration of the medium, the brief was kept deliberately broad, as the entrants were encouraged to play around with the form using images, illustrations, different typefaces or anything creative they wished to explore - there were no limits.
From striking typographic design, to social comments and emotional confessions, image-led poems, to short poetry films, the best of those submissions have now been collated and curated to give the perfect introduction to this emergent form of poetry - the world’s first Instagram Poetry exhibition.
The exhibition runs until 1 June at the National Poetry Library, on level 5 of Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
The submission deadline for inclusion in the exhibition has now passed, but don’t let that stop you from sharing your own poems on Instagram using the hashtag #instapoetrylib