As promised, here is my review on ‘The Sun and her flowers’ by Rupi Kaur.
I had read her first poetry collection, ‘milk and honey’, and I absolutely adored it. It really inspired me to get out of my writing funk and start writing again, which kiiinda worked, but that’s another story for another post. So when I heard about her second collection, I was excited but also a bit skeptical – I wasn’t entirely sure if the second one would live up to the first. But then again, I had to read it to find out.
Now, overall, I really enjoyed it. However, my gut instinct was right. You absolutely cannot compare these two books.
The sun and her flowers is a beautiful, evocative and gut-wrenching poetry collection, with a life of its own. It hits home and hard in some places. Also, for survivors of sexual assault, it could be a little triggering. But Rupi does make you feel what she felt and shows you how intensely and strongly it effected her. Honestly, it was a bit unsettling for me, but now it made me understand more of what other women and men who experienced sexual assault must be feeling – definitely an eye-opener.
Also, having her poems split up in different sections according to what she was feeling was very interesting, and made it easier to follow.
The one thing that really bothered me though, was that in some cases it seemed like a poem was split across a few pages without any clear indication; so for those instances, it was a bit misleading and confusing, when it really didn’t need to be.
In conclusion, I would give this book a 4/5 stars and would definitely recommend it to anyone who asked about it.
I hope you enjoyed this review and let me know what you think!
Written by: Alexia DeBono
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