The Sun and Her Flowers (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/10/3
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From 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
in order to bloom
"Rupi Kaur is Kicking Down the Doors of Publishing” (The New York Times)
"At age 24, Rupi Kaur has been called the voice of her generation." (USA Today)
“Rupi Kaur sits atop a new wave in poetry.” (The Wall Street Journal)
“Perhaps the best-known poet in the English-speaking world at this point” (Bustle)
"Rupi Kaur reinvents poetry ... (she) is undeniably equipped with the poet’s ability to articulate emotions that readers struggle to make sense of.” (The Economist)
“Outselling Homer Ten to One” (New York Magazine)
"The Poet Who Touched a Nerve" (The Times (London))
“there’s no denying that Rupi Kaur is currently one of the most — if not the most — popular poets in America …” (Boston Globe)
"Rupi Kaur is a rock star." (The Kansas City Star)
The only thing I did notice was if you are an advid reader like myself, you probably picked up a lot of similarity from other poets and works. I think we all strive for originality but sometimes it falls short.
I will saw that Rupi Kaur is not for everyone, I know people who worships the ground she walks on and other who loathe her for her writing style.
But that’s the thing about poetry, it doesn’t need to be perfect to be power.
The collection is divided into five parts, each of them reflecting a theme—while being tied together by the titular floral theme. “Wilting” is about breakups. This flows smoothly in tone into the second part, “Falling,” which is about sexual violence, depression, and the linkage between them. “Rooting” is about family and origins, and—in particular—the poet’s relationship with her mother. As an immigrant child who moved to Canada from Punjab while young, Kaur was more attuned to her new home than her parents—who were less at ease with their adopted homeland and more rooted to their ancestral home. The penultimate part, “Rising” is about love and relationships, and it takes the collection into brighter territory. “Blooming” is about feeling comfortable within one’s own skin, and—in particular—the female experience of it.
As hinted, the overall organization of the collection seems purposeful and intriguing. The two melancholy parts at the beginning are blended into the last two (more optimistic) parts by way of a chapter on roots and family. This bridging seems to be done on purpose to make a statement.
I enjoyed this collection, and would highly recommend it for poetry readers—particularly for those who enjoy free verse.