Title: The Sun and Her Flowers
Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, dated October 3, 2017
Pages: 256 counts
I am an enthusiast of prose and poems, so it is not new for me to choose and spend my time reading this kind of book while spending my time in a queue or waiting for a friend to arrive in a meeting place; such books keep me out of tedious time. Rupi Kaur is one of the most sought instapoet and her poetic style is wildly known as a game changer of literature, as it is dubbed as modern and millennial way to write poems. I haven’t read her self-published debut masterpiece, Milk and Honey, which gives me the perks to devoured The Sun and Her Flowers without any expectations.
This book has introduced me to Rupi Kaur, from whom I’m still in qualms of developing a relationship with. Kaur’s collection is divided into five parts: wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. Some pages you’ll find illustrations (which I refer as doodle), some pages only have two to three lines, and some longer than the other poems.
Wilting and falling delivers the realm of pain, loss, heartache, loneliness and losing self-worth at the process. It stings how a woman have dealt with all those darkness and tried to pick herself, how void she feels deep within and how she grows and overcomes the situation after the process.
Rooting then depicts her experience as an immigrant and her mother’s sacrifices along the way, as they lived in the unfamiliar side of the earth. Feminism has been tackled boldly and women empowerment has been acclaimed as she’s in the process to find her true home. Kaur’s love for her mother and her birthplace catches my fondness which made this one of my most favorite part among the other four.
Somehow, rising and blooming concludes the aftermath of her collection. This is the redeeming phase of every pain, loss and heartache and where new love has blossom.
As I contemplate every poem, I find her feelings and life experiences in between. I have a love and hate relationship on her style to deliver the poem in raw and poignant manner. I love how it connects with me at once but I hate that the sparks linger too shortly. It magnetize me one moment but slowly lost the compelling force of my interest. It gives me an on and off vibe while I’m in the process of penetrating each line and verses which leads me to give it a three point stars.
But poems are subjective and depend mainly on the feelings of those who will interpret and read it, my opinion speaks the voice and emotions I have acquired while reading it and might be much different than yours. So, I’ll still want you to try and immersed between the pages of this books especially if you thought that it might be your long lost soul book and you missed a chance just because of me. (Please, no!) Now that we’ve come this far, let me share my realization: I realized that among the book genres, poetry books are the hardest to give a review and I’m happy that I surpass successfully and share my thoughts with you, my brethren. Thank you!