Title: The Sun & Her Flowers
Author: Rupi Kaur
Published: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Total Pages: 256 pages
Topics Include: Immigration, Growth, Love, Heartache, Sexuality and Family.
Amazon Synopsis: 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 have read Rupi Kaur’s poetry countless times and I wanted to speak about one book in particular because of the impact it had on me. The poetry that Kaur creates is different and her own experiences. I thought that Sun and Her Flowers needed to be discussed in more detail.
My favorite poem:
they won’t be here for long
they still choose to live
their brightest lives.
I have to admit that the first time I read this book was when it was first published in 2017. I did not connect to the poetry because how much it resembled her first book Milk & Honey. But, reading this book for the second time made me appreciate the poetry even more because I decided to read the book with a clear mind as if I had never read the book nor read from the author before.
The Sun & Her Flowers made me think of the analogy of the iceberg in the ocean because Kaur went deeper than what the reader was shown in her first book.
The reader was given a taste of who Rupi Kaur is and experiences she has been through in her first book which was the top of the iceberg then this second poetry book The Sun & Her Flowers went deeper into the ocean aspect of the iceberg. As a reader, I was able to learn more about her experiences of getting over a break up and gaining strength. But, also, I learned about her appreciation of her mother, family, and her culture.
Kaur went into emotional poetry when she discussed her connection to women especially her mother. The poems about her culture and family were beautiful and touching. I connected to the family and culture poetry the most because of how skilled and emotional her words were. I was able to keep turning pages and learn something new about the author.
I was told stories and experiences in her poetry along with imaginary. There were short poems and lengthy poems but each one kept the reader engaged. There were topics of love, family, culture, abuse and growth. The different chapters of poetry fit the topic of each section. The chapters were like a flower going through the different stages of growth.
The author was able to stay on topic and each poem connected to the title. I think that her next poetry book will continue the analogy of the iceberg in the ocean because she seems to keep getting deeper in her poetry and giving the reader pieces of herself in every poem that she writes. I think that this poetry gave more of a detailed encounter of her experiences compared to her first book. Overall, the poetry book was thought provoking, interesting and something to make me want to continue to read more from this poet.
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