The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of her self-published work Milk and Honey, has published her second and long awaited book of poetry titled, The Sun and Her Flowers. This book features five new chapters of poetry inspired by loss, love, loneliness and identity woven with themes of nature.

“Somewhere along the way I lost the self-love and became my greatest enemy. I thought I’d seen the devil before… I peeled my skin off just to feel awake, wore it inside out, sprinkled it with salt to punish myself. Turmoil clotted my nerves, my blood curdled. I even tried to bury myself alive but the dirt recoiled, you have already rotted it said, there is nothing left for me to do” (Kaur (on self-hate), 102).

Kaur is deeply familiar with self-recrimination but she is capable of seeing a light in even the darkest moments. Her pain is raw, her prose not sugar-coated and her lessons on humanity and forgiveness, especially towards yourself, easily makes this the most moving and uplifting poetry I’ve ever read. Anyone who is good at talking themselves down could use to pick up this book.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (811.6 KAU)

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