Photo via Rupi Kaur on Twitter There’s an old, little-known idiom that goes something like this: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Well, readers, as it turns out, a popular Instagram poet would like you to do just that when considering her work. It’s not a bad strategy, given that the “poems” contained therein are pitiful, vapid, exploitative , and possibly plagiarized . If you, like me, are fairly old, you might not have heard of Canadian poet Rupi Kaur. In 2014, she self-published a collection of poems titled milk and honey . A year or so later, she gained a large Instagram platform after the network took down a photo of her with period blood on her sweatpants due to some twisted-up, puritanical interpretation of their community guidelines. All was well and good, and Kaur understandably used the incident to catapult her status as a writer, and milk and honey was picked up by Andrews McMeel Publishing and hit one million sold copies in January of this year. Kaur’s second book, the sun and her flowers , was released yesterday. As part of promotion for her new book, Kaur’s publicist ostensibly set up an interview with The […]

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