Author: Rupi Kaur
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Page count: 256
Themes: love, feminism, self-love, and immigration
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Compared to her first collection of poems, this collection of poems are much more personal. The Sun and Her Flowers reflects on Ruri’s past relationships, her admiration for her mother and culture, and talks more about what it is like to be a woman.
Synopsis by the publisher
From Rupi Kaur, the bestselling author of Milk and Honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. Illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is a celebration of love in all its forms.
This was a much better improvement than her last book. Not that her poems needed some improvements, I just appreciated her poems the most. What I ask with any poet is to show me your personal experiences, your unique point of view, and Rupi did that better in this book.
My favorite kind of poems by Rupi are her long poems. She has a few dozen longer poems that go deeper into the emotions of her poems, and tell a better story. The shorter poems, not so much. I found her shorter poems in this book to be plain and a bit boring. Rupi is guilty of having short poems with two or three lines and I find these kinds of poems lazy. They don’t tell a story, they don’t capture much of an emotion, and they are too simple.
Fan of poems that are
In a sentence, and are
Broken up into a stanza
I just don’t understand this style of poems. It’s a style of writing that has start been popularized because of Tumblr, nevertheless, I don’t like it. This style of poetry makes it look better for aesthetic purposes, but reading it could confuse the reader and take away from what is really important.
Nevertheless, as a dedicated reader who has read for an eternity, these poems didn’t really stick out at me. The ones that did stick out were the long poems because those were the ones that spoke about her growth, her family, and what it’s like to be a brown woman. Those poems are worth the read. The rest, you could live without them.
Do I recommend this book?
If you want to read poems that are abstract, yes. If you want to read poems that are concrete and tell a story, read other collection of poems before you read this one.
But her poems have made an impact on many woman’s lives. So give her a shot, go on instagram, look up her poems, and decide for yourself if this is a poet writer who you like.
Things to consider before you choose to read the book:
1.This collection of poems talks about serious issues such as rape, emotional and physical abuse, and abandonment.
2. This is a fast read.
3. Many of the poems are a hit or a miss.
4. Some poems could be read as generic.
My Collection of Rupi’s Generic Poems
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