The Sun and Her Flowers / Rupi Kaur

Title: the sun and her flowers

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 3rd 2017 

Pages: 256

this is the recipe of life

said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

This time last year, I wrote this about milk and honey: 

If you ever only read one collection of poetry in your lifetime, it should be this one. Rupi Kaur’s writing is honest, raw, and emotional. I suggest reading this in one sitting, alone, in a state of mind that allows you to truly soak in Rupi’s story. Soak it in, digest it, let it change you.

This long-awaited second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur made waves. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. The vibrant and transcendent verse covers different topics than her last collection, while maintaining everything she stands for; she writes about growth and healing, ancestry and honoring one’s roots, finding a home within yourself, and women empowerment.

Kaur’s voice is as audacious and brave as ever. The intimate details that made her writing so achingly real in milk and honey are more present than ever in this volume. We have poems exploring self-love, self-hate, adolescence, motherly love, heartbreak, feminism, insecurity, sexual assault, and so much more. The longer poems were the ones that resonated with me the most, and the shorter pages packed a punch. 

Such a simplistic, down-to-earth writing style still manages to sing with craft, and I am more than eager to share two of my favorite, shorter pieces: 

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Kaur gives us more than we could hope for in the sun and her flowers. In these pages, we experience pain, uncertainty, growth, and eventually the confidence to strike out in the world ourselves. 

5-stars-rating

Feature Photo Credit to Her Campus Media, LLC

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