the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
My first review of 2018!! Whoop whoop! If you haven’t already, check out the rant I did about the response to this book.
From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.
Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
I really enjoyed this book. Kaur has a way with poetry that I really connect with. I think that’s what made her so famous initially; our generation could understand and connect with her poetry, which I have a harder time doing with other poets. So many poems in this collections brought me close to tears. Kaur really has a way with words and has such an incredible ability to describe exactly how something feels. I was blown away by her fearlessness to tell it like it is. Even the ones I couldn’t relate to were so raw and emotional that I felt like I understood what she was going through.
The book is divided into five sections: wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. Each had it’s distinct message, but they weren’t all executed equally. I think my favourite section overall was rising, closely followed by rooting.
I thought falling, rooting, and rising were the most cohesive sections. They each had a clear message and I thought all the poems in those sections were related. Wilting and blooming, on the other hand, I found to be less cohesive. They had their message, but there were some poems that seemed randomly thrown in and I didn’t really understand why they were related to the message.
Also, I thought rooting was somewhat unrelated to the others. It was one of my favourite sections and I loved reading about her parents, especially her mom. However, it focuses heavily on their immigration, which seemed out of place in this book that was largely about love. Like I said, I loved this section and wish it was longer, I just also didn’t think it fit with the other sections. I do understand it’s purpose in this collection, it was just less obvious.
I loved all the illustrations in the book too. They really added to a lot of the poems and I really enjoyed them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Thanks so much for reading! xx