Review: the sun and her flowers

Posted 24 October, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

the sun and her flowers
By: Rupi Kaur
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

rom Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling 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.

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

At long last, Rupi Kaur’s second poetry collection is out! Firstly, I have to say, I’m impressed how the book cover is similar to the first book…I also love the currogated texture of the book cover, much better than the first collection where the material left fingerprints and everything everywhere O_o Yes, these are all things that I notice O_O

Like the first book, the sun and her flowers is split into 5 sections, each dealing with a theme ranging from love lost to love found, of hurt and empowerment and self-love. I want to say that this book is a bit lighter than her last collection; I think I mentioned in my review of the first book that it was raw, the emotions that her poetry elicited, especially as it touched on themes of abuse and violence. That’s not to say these are themes that don’t show up here as well, but I noticed it wasn’t featured as much here. It’s clear here that there’s been growth, awareness, and just the ongoing of life since her last collection.

Having said that, I found I wasn’t as moved as I was with the first volume. I think part of the reason is because since reading milk and honey I’ve read a ton of poetry within this particular style of writing–Nayyirah Waheed’s salt. (review) comes to mind, as well as others–so I don’t know, I don’t want to say I felt bored reading some of her poetry, but the same level of enthrallment wasn’t there for me the second time around.

Nonetheless I’m glad to have read the sun and her flowers, despite of what I said above there were a few poems I read in this collection that I enjoyed and could relate to. Readers who enjoyed milk and honey I think will still enjoy checking out her second collection.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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2 Responses to “Review: the sun and her flowers”

  1. I never read poetry, but I’ve been wanting to start and Rupi Kaur is a poet I’ve heard so much about! I’ll probably check out her first book– even though it seems darker than her second one. Since I don’t read much poetry I want something to enthrall me and catch my attention.

    • I highly recommend her first book, it’s definitely a good starting point and for me I can see why it received as much acclaim as it did. Happy reading! 🙂

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