My first review, and on poetry not a YA novel. I’m really excited for this to be my first official review. Let’s jump in!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these reviews are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this in mind. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… I capitalize author names like the way they are in books.
the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur
Synopsis From The Book
(On the inner pages of the work, done to not ruin formatting)
the sun and her flowers is a
collection of poetry about
honoring one’s roots
and empowering oneself
it is split into five chapters
wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming
– about the book
Short Synopsis By Me
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Excitement. I have been waiting to get my hands on this for forever. I loved milk and honey but do not own it. I still need to buy it and for me to buy this first is, in truth, not surprising. I love poetry, especially her poetry. There is something so tangible, but untouchable about poetry in general. It reminds me of the deepest parts of myself and gives me strength I can never truly put to words. The anticipation to read this collection was the kind of mouth watering need that you have when you crave your favorite food. I could taste it, but I still wanted it and my soul did too.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Yes. There isn’t much I can say other than “yes.” This was everything I thought it would be and more. Tears. Tired soul, but also a new found passion. I feel that there are many things I could say about this, but poetry affects all differently. I hope others will read her work. Always.
What I Liked:
- So many of the poems that I have picked specific ones if you aren’t into reading full books of poetry.
- Art –> Like always
- The continued themes
- The female and self empowerment.
What I Would Have Liked Or Changed:
Why You Should Read:
Poetry, in my opinion, opens the soul to a new array of emotions and thoughts that typically literature or novels does not. There is a certain rawness to it that can stick with a person and really get into them. I think you should read this book, because perhaps you can learn something. You can learn something about others, about yourself, about the world, about so many things. What I’ve learned is perhaps not what you will learn and vice versa.
Self care is always important when reading poetry, as poetry, by nature, can be visceral. There are many triggers within these pages that many may feel off put by, and may need time to work through.
Time Taken To Read
While I did like milk and honey better, there were quite a few noteworthy and heart wrenching moments within this.
Time pg 55
Untitled Poem pg 59
“It takes monsters to steal souls / and fighters to redeem them” – Home, pg 71
Growth is a Process pg 87
The Art of Growing pg 94-96
Self-love pg 105
Untitled Poem pg 114
Accent pg 139
Untitled Poem pg 179
Untitled Poem pg 202
Legacy pg 213
Human pg 225
A Simple Math pg 229
Timeless pg 234