The sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
They say poetry should be poignant, soul touching, it should reach out to you with ease... to me poetry is all that ...along with being easily understood, uncomplicated and extremely personal. I don't know what good poetry is but Rupi Kaur's words seem to talk to you as though someone was holding you in a bear hug and talking to you in you your ears, saying, 'I got you, it is ok.'
Rupi Kaur is a 25 year old Canadian poet, writer and illustrator. And boy oh boy, her illustrations can speak volumes! Not only does her poetry transcend from one emotion to other, her illustrations add so much more life to the words.
The sun and her flowers is divided into 5 sections, wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. 256 pages of bite sized poetry and illustrations divided amongst the 5 sections are a treat for the eyes. I wonder how moving it would be for someone to read some of the lines out loud...
'The sun and her flowers' was released on October 3, 2017 by Simon & Schuster and is already rising on the popularity charts. Rupi Kaur's first collection 'milk and honey' was also equally popular, controversial and dealt with female empowerment. This collection too, in a lot of ways resonates her( also at times with the reader's) innermost feelings.
I would say pick this one up to gift to a friend or to introduce yourself to micro poetry. This would also be an ideal gift for teenagers and young adults.
My take : her illustrations are more powerful than the words in some of her poems. I would like to see her writing about positivity, happy scenarios and upliftment.