Last month, I had the pleasure of reading the second poetry collection by Rupi Kaur. The Sun and Her Flowers was everything and more of what I wanted to read. In a similar organization to Milk and Honey, Kaur divides her book into sections to emulate the different themes she discusses. Her book is divided into Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising, and Blooming to depict her struggles and growth. I think this organization structures her poems to allow a better understanding of her work.
In Milk and Honey, Kaur creates poems that were open and unconfined, but in a few moments in her new collection, Kaur creates complete poems cut off from the rest of the book. I think these poems were some of my favourites because of how honest they were. I could feel the emotion Kaur was trying to show, and it really touched me. A lot of Kaur’s work centres around trauma, and overcoming it. She doesn’t hold back on how she feels, and provides a blunt response to these experiences. Everything from depression to abuse are discussed in this collection, and Kaur does not censor herself. There were some depressing moments in the collection, but also ones that gave immense hope about healing and love.
I loved that this collection had an emphasis on women. Although her last poetry collection did touch upon women, this one has many more poems about what it’s like to be female. Kaur’s work really demonstrates how unique women can be, and how they shouldn’t be confined to one representation. I think more authors should try to emulate Kaur’s work in depicting women as more than just fragile. Women can be strong, angry, sexual, and so many more things! It’s refreshing to see an author showing just how complex a woman can be. I’ve been tired of the damsel in distress trope, that I’m so thankful Kaur has shown a different side to female identity.
I would highly recommend The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. This collection has truly made an impact in my life. I really want to reread this collection over and over again, and just absorb all the knowledge and language Kaur used. I think if you’re interested in poetry, feminist literature, or want to try a new genre, I think this is a great collection to start with. However, if you’re someone who has struggled with abuse or depression, just be warned there is a lot of poems that could be triggering to you. Apart from that, I think The Sun and Her Flowers is a worthwhile read.
I gave The Sun and Her Flowers 5/5 on Goodreads.