Rupi Kaur is an author and artist based in Toronto, Ontario, originally from India. Her two most notable works include: milk and honey, and the sun and her flowers. Both works are made up of prose, poetry and illustrations discussing themes such as loss, migration, femininity, heartbreak, love and abuse.
I have read milk and honey three times since I got it last year, and my favourite poems are the same each time. This book is divided into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. My preferred poems are in the last chapter, the healing. I believe this is because I enjoy reading uplifting prose more than words rooted in loss and pain. Mind you, every section hits home so deeply and are written with such truth and genuine emotion. Rupi Kaur truly has a gift at putting her feelings into art and poetry.
Everyone’s favourite poems from milk and honey will surely differ, but to give you a taste of Rupi Kaur’s work, I thought I would share a few of my top picks:
I got the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur for Christmas this year and in the past week have already read it twice. The great thing about reading poetry is you can spend as much or as little time with each poem, taking what you need out of it. This second anthology of poetry was published just a few months ago in October 2017. It, like milk and honey, is divided into sections, entitled: wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming.
Again, I found myself loving the positive poems from the last 3 chapters more than the first 2. This book touches a lot more on Kaur’s experience emigrating from India, which although I find fascinating and brave, I cannot directly relate to. I am so happy that she is spending time illustrating and speaking on topics that are relative and important. It was definitely an educational read for me, having little knowledge about what it might feel like to be in the shoes of an immigrant. Rupi Kaur’s words are filled with the heart-felt, often not-pretty, truth. It needs to be said and needs to be heard, which is why I recommend this book, especially to women.
Here are a few of my favourite excerpts from the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur:
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SHOP: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
SHOP: the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
Have you read either of Rupi Kaur’s poetry anthologies? If so, what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!
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