Literary Quips for the Millennial Milieu

In an age where our social media feeds are saturated with ‘instapoetry’, my haikus came as a humorous response to the clichéd and copied iterations of love and heartbreak. Whilst I am a huge supporter of poets who post their work on Instagram, such as Charly Cox and Brian Bilston (however, to clarify, I would not define either as ‘instapoets’) I think that ‘instapoetry’ often devalues our emotions into a set of repeated stereotypes and clichés, in which genuine thought, structure and significance behind a poem is erased and replaced by a a few lines, a contrived aesthetic and tiles of likeable clickbate (probably with millennial pink text or some sentimental scribbles for added effect). From this observation, the haikus were conceived. Through the use of the symbolic poem structure of three 5-7-5 syllable lines, I sought to marry the succinct beauty of a haiku with ironic, jarring images of the here and now, lacking in profundity. Instead, I conjure small sketches and microcosms of millennial society, satirising modern love, loss and my relationship with everyday life as a 22 year old. After all, it’s #notthatdeep.

Words and haikus by: Lucy Ing (@haiiikusbyluce)

Lucy Ing is originally from London, and studies French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently on her year abroad in Paris, working in Fashion.