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Instagram Poetry for Every Day

National Poetry Library


Instagram Poetry for Every Day delves into how Instagram poetry has become a phenomenon in recent years, boosting sales of poetry books and introducing a new generation to verse. 

This anthology, the first of its kind, brings together over 100 poems by both popular names and up-and-coming talent. Short, relatable and hard-hitting, the poems embrace contemporary themes of mental health, women’s empowerment, racial prejudice, gender diversity and political turmoil, as well as the perennial poetic preoccupations of love, sex and loss. With a wide range of voices, themes and visual approaches, there is something here that will speak to all of us.

Editors Chris McCabe and Jessica Atkinson are based at the National Poetry Library in London. Founded in 1953 and opened by poets T.S. Eliot and Herbert Read, the National Poetry Library is home to the most comprehensive collection of poetry in the UK. In 2017, NPL curated the world’s first Instagram poetry exhibition.