Review: the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

March 5, 2018
 Book Review, InToriLex, the sun and her flowers, rupi kaur
Published By: Andrews McMeel Publishing on October 3, 2017
Format Read: Paperback Edition (256 pages)
Genre: Poetry/ Feminism/Non-fiction
Series: Standalone
Source: Purchased
The Sun and Her Flowers
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.



I enjoyed this even more then Rupi Kaur's first book milk and honey. In this collection Rupi's poetry has matured and is expressed in different ways. The five parts of this book describe the many emotions women and men experience through their romantic, platonic and family relationships. There are self-reflective poems that are longer and discuss intimate topics I wasn't expecting. I was happy to read the longer poems because this author has received criticism about her works being short and simple. Rupi is inspired by her family's resilience after coming to America and the revelations she's had in the her life.
the universe took its time on you
crafted you to offer the world
something different from everyone else
when you doubt
how you were created
you doubt an energy greater than us both

These poems are gems for women to hold on to when they face criticisms or suggestions to be something that their not. The writing focuses on embracing what you find through reflection instead of turning away or leaving it. I was emotionally moved by some poems and flayed open by my reactions to others. Art has the ability to reach everyone and these poems are guaranteed to do just that. I would recommend this to everyone who enjoys poetry and warn you, your emotions will be pulled in all directions.
what is the greatest lesson  a woman should learn 
that since day one
she's already had everything she needs within herself
it's the world that convinced her she did not 


Rupi Kaur is a writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. With a focus in poetry, she released her first book of prose and poems in November 2014. Throughout her poetry, photography, illustrations, and creative direction she engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. When she is not writing or creating art, she is travelling internationally to perform her spoken word poetry, as well as hosting writing workshops. You can find more of her work at

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