Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
After my love of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey I just had to get my hands on The sun and her flowers. Like always, I’m a bit late to uploading my review, but here’s what I thought of this collection of poetry.
This collection was especially long awaited, and I couldn’t wait to read it after completely adoring Milk and Honey, which I reviewed here.
Focusing around growth, healing and love, I found The sun and her flowers to be a lot more vibrant and uplifting than Milk and honey. Of course, there’s a lot of pain, anguish and retrospective poetry thrown in, but the underlying message seems to be one of hope.
I really did enjoy it, but I have to say it did fall a little bit short, in my opinion to Milk and honey.
There were a lot of themes woven throughout but the one that I found the most powerful was the nod to celebrating your ancestry and roots. Rupi Kaur writes about this so beautifully and really makes you feel her pain and confusion. Also, the section around immigration and refugees was completely moving and it gave me a completely different outlook.
Rupi Kaur is such a lovely gift to the world. It’s rare to find someone who is so willing to expose their soul and leave it bare for the world to see. I would say it felt a little bit less personal than Milk and Honey, but I’m not sure if that’s just me. I’ve seen a lot of reviews where people enjoyed it far more, but I feel I may need to read the poetry again to feel that a second time around?
As always, the illustrations are completely gorgeous and add a lot of depth and character to the poetry. Here’s my favourite:
The topics she covers she handles with extreme care and injects some wonderful imagination and imagery into. It really does feel like she takes you on a journey of better understanding. It’s strange, I feel like I know her so well after reading Milk and Honey and The sun and her flowers – and this is something that’s pretty rare for me.
In a lot of ways it felt so fresh and different compared to Milk and Honey, her prose and the way she writes this collection is very contrasting, which I find very compelling. I wonder how she will develop her style in the next collection?
I’d definitely recommend reading the sun and her flowers if you’re looking for an excitingly fresh new collection of poems to dig your teeth into. It’s not too long in length either, so it’s definitely one you can read before bed in chunks!
If you’ve read this gorgeous collection, please let me know what you think! Did you prefer The sun and her flowers to milk and honey? Let me know in the comments below!