i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut
- Rupi Kaur
i am a beautiful day
but you never left your house
you taught me there was beauty in fragility
so I learned to love myself.
- Bryan Clavel
Rupi Kaur is a contemporary poet writing on topics such as love, loss and trauma. Her work is often recognized as "one of few commercially popular works of poetry in recent years" and yet simultaneously noted as "unchallenging ‘Instapoetry’ by some critics."
That said, I describe Rupi Kaur's work as honest, vulnerable built on a simple composition that is easy for most readers to follow. In fact, it is public knowledge that "Kaur does not subscribe to the belief that poetry must be difficult to be meaningful" and therefore continues to write poetry widely recognized as direct.
Bryan Clavel is a gender fluid queer artist and visionary grounded in humanism. For Bryan, their creative practice is a way of life, and to date has been a way of positively impacting the lives of others as well.
Through their work, Bryan insightfully articulates the narrative of a queer individual. They share with us the dire consequences (personal and transpersonal) when we become isolated, and when we fail to mindfully and compassionately connect with ourselves, with our families (chosen or built), and with our communities.