the sun and her flowers

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
in order to bloom

-- Rupi Kaur

In her second collection of poetry, “the sun and her flowers,” Indian-born Canadian poet Rupi Kaur takes the reader along on a powerful journey of healing, delving into her ancestral roots to weave vibrant, emotional vignettes about sorrow, relationships, and the immigrant experience. 

An artist, author, and performer, Kaur illustrates this book with a series of expressive line drawings that complement her verse, crafting a sincere and powerful volume that’s been on the New York Times Best Seller list since debuting in 2017. 

Kaur’s work is written exclusively in lowercase, and she uses only the period as a form of punctuation -- a writing style Kaur intentionally chooses to honor her culture, saying she “enjoys the equality of letters.”

Her poems in “the sun and her flowers” follow a path home to the self, shifting from experiences of hardship toward strength in five movements, each reflecting the cycles of nature: wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. It’s a bittersweet but ultimately comforting book that readers can return to again and again, drawing new wisdom from its pages with each visit.

Kaur’s first volume of poems, “milk and honey,” sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, and in 2019 The New Republic magazine named her “Writer of the Decade.” Her third poetry collection, “home body,” will be released on Nov. 17, 2020.

by Mitzi Gordon, 2020

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