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Milk and Honey
Not many poets are able to say that Ariana Grande follows them on Instagram. Her debut collection milk and honey , sparse poems about love and loss, abuse and healing — first self-published in while Kaur was still in college — has sold over a million print copies and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 52 consecutive weeks. Tickets for the London leg of her world tour in spring sold out in less than ten minutes. In July, when Kaur uploaded a series of Instagram posts to announce her forthcoming second poetry collection — the sun and her flowers , to be released on Oct. Like her peers Nayyirah Waheed , Lang Leav , and, to a lesser extent, Warsan Shire whose work is more complex and has received more critical acclaim , Kaur produces bite-size, accessible poems. Their free verse poetry eschews difficult metaphors in favor of clear, plain language, and this accessibility is precisely what has garnered the new wave of " Instapoets " such a large and dedicated following. But in terms of sheer numbers, Kaur remains the most popular — and the most controversial.