Rupi Kaur’s poetic justice

Carly Clifford, Staff Writer

     Rupi Kaur’s “The Sun and Her Flowers” is just the right mixture of soulful, empowering, and comforting for poetry lovers and those searching for something new to read. It’s the second book published by Kaur, and readers everywhere have been scrambling for more after the best-selling “Milk and Honey.”

    With a familiar set-up, Kaur takes readers on a trip through many of her unique emotional struggles, but relatable to every individual who lays their eyes on the magic within these pages.

     Some are short, sweet, and offer a quick jolt of reassurance someone might need throughout the day. Others are lengthy, deep, and filled with poetic descriptions of darker times to remind us that we are not alone in these solemn feelings.

     The powerful sections are divided into five parts include wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming, tracing the cycle of a flower’s rebirth after desolate destruction. Accompanied with illustrations drawn by Kaur herself, the prose poetry celebrates all parts of life, even the ones we are shy and sensitive about addressing.  

     Each poem drips with the complexity of any human problem. One that’s sure to become a favorite is one in which Kaur writes about it self-appreciation and self-worth.

     The only valid complaint is that some of the material is a little familiar. Whether it is from reading “Milk and Honey” multiple times over the past few years and dog-earring all of the best poems, or from being an avid Pinterest or Tumblr user, some of these poems may not seem like  blow-you-out-of-the-water levels of work.

     Naturally, some of the poems hold a lot more meaning and uniqueness than others, so readers must sift through some less-than-spectacular pieces to get to one they’ll reread over and over again. That does not take away from the end piece of work that Rupi Kaur has given us.

     This book is a must-read for anyone going through any type of emotional or physical struggle, as it reminds the reader that the situation they are in may be challenging, but they will find a solution, then rise and bloom just as flowers do. Be sure to read Kaur’s first published work before reaching for the second installment.

 

 

Kaur’s poetry is reaching a large audience of young people, especially high school and college-age women.