To many, poetry is considered one of the most ‘elite’ forms ‘at the top’ of ‘high culture’. That might still be so for poetry in books, but there’s a whole new world beyond that: enter the world of street poetry and Instagram-poetry. Literary scholar Kila van der Starre leads you into this world.
Kila van der Starre (Utrecht University) just finished her PhD research project on ‘poetry off the page’. Her research focuses on the ways people use poetry in their daily lives. Think about Instagram poetry, street poetry, tattoo poetry, poetry on the radio, poetry in obituaries and poetry on utensils, such as coffee mugs, aprons and pillowcases.