The Sun and Her Flowers

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 w...

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The Sun and Her Flowers Reviews

  • Elyse Walters

    Beautiful...

    The range of emotions are all felt ... sadness, anger, loss, grief, pride, guilt, fear, nervousness, shame, joy, surprise, love ....

    These stories/ poems are heartfelt...

    rupi kaur is a lovely gift to the world.

    “for so long i was lost in a place where there was no sun, where there grew no flowers. but something i loved would emerge and bring me to life again”.

    I love “Milk and Honey”...

    and I equally love “the sun and her flowers”. The one complaint is that I wanted to buy this book

    Beautiful...

    The range of emotions are all felt ... sadness, anger, loss, grief, pride, guilt, fear, nervousness, shame, joy, surprise, love ....

    These stories/ poems are heartfelt...

    rupi kaur is a lovely gift to the world.

    “for so long i was lost in a place where there was no sun, where there grew no flowers. but something i loved would emerge and bring me to life again”.

    I love “Milk and Honey”...

    and I equally love “the sun and her flowers”. The one complaint is that I wanted to buy this book in a hard copy -

    so far it’s only come out in a paper copy.

    rupi kaur writes about sensitive topics with piercing imagination.

    Introspective and tender ...really wonderful!

  • jessica

    i hold

    the pages

    that give my heart

    a place

    to call home

    while words of

    simple elegance

    and subtle purity

    teach it

    to grow

    and inspire it

    to love.

    - how i feel about this book

  • April

    “I hear a thousand kind words about me and it makes no difference yet I hear one insult and all confidence shatters - focusing on the negative.”

    I've never related to written words as much as reading Rupi Kaur's books.

  • Julia Miller

    Rupi, you have my heart ❤ beautifully written and ohhh the art :‘)

    Rupi, you have my heart ❤️ beautifully written and ohhh the art :‘)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Wow!! That was intense, sad and good!!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    *Thank you so much to Indigo for surprising me with a copy of this!*

    I never read Milk & Honey. It just seemed like such a fad thing, I had no interest in it. I tend to prefer traditional poetry. It's just my inner English major coming out I suppose! That being said, I enjoyed this more than I had expected. I didn't love the whole thing, but there were some poems that I really loved. The poetic style is quite simplistic and some quotes I felt like were reworded versions of things I've seen be

    *Thank you so much to Indigo for surprising me with a copy of this!*

    I never read Milk & Honey. It just seemed like such a fad thing, I had no interest in it. I tend to prefer traditional poetry. It's just my inner English major coming out I suppose! That being said, I enjoyed this more than I had expected. I didn't love the whole thing, but there were some poems that I really loved. The poetic style is quite simplistic and some quotes I felt like were reworded versions of things I've seen before. But, I liked the fact that this collection dealt with femininity, immigration, and self love. The topics were well developed and the poems were short, but packed a punch. Not sure if I'll now pick up Milk & Honey. We'll see!

  • JV (semi-hiatus)

    Once, there were these poems,

    Which my heart cannot fully bear.

    Drivel — daft and dreary,

    Perchance, all I can do is but stare.

    Enjambments and aphorisms, likewise,

    Have filled this book,

    Hackneyed phrases — oh bloody hell,

    Seems like gobbledygook!

    Prithee, to thee, I say —

    Analyse her poems first from within,

    And compare its content

    From Lord Byron's discipline:

    "When we two parted

    In silence and tears,

    Half broken-hearted

    To sever for years,

    Pale grew thy cheek and cold,

    Colder thy kiss;

    Truly that hour

    Once, there were these poems,

    Which my heart cannot fully bear.

    Drivel — daft and dreary,

    Perchance, all I can do is but stare.

    Enjambments and aphorisms, likewise,

    Have filled this book,

    Hackneyed phrases — oh bloody hell,

    Seems like gobbledygook!

    Prithee, to thee, I say —

    Analyse her poems first from within,

    And compare its content

    From Lord Byron's discipline:

    "When we two parted

    In silence and tears,

    Half broken-hearted

    To sever for years,

    Pale grew thy cheek and cold,

    Colder thy kiss;

    Truly that hour foretold

    Sorrow to this."

    Forsooth, I fathom the fondness her works had received,

    Equality, empowerment, and love — all these —

    Kaur explores with such tremendous breadth,

    Yet it failed — for it was lacking in some respect.

    Alas, I come to the end of this critique,

    Integrate poetic devices, then this would be unique!

    Apologies, my dear friends, for it was only me,

    With a pinch of salt, take it, in all this soliloquy.

  • Megan Singh

    I don't know where to begin. Listen, as a brown woman of course I gave Rupi a try - that's what we brown girls do, we hold each other up and support each other like crazy because who else will? However, I think we should also be able to speak up when the work just doesn't cut it. Being critical is simply tough love - so don't be so quick to dismiss my negative feeback.

    First of all, half of this book are one-liners from her first book, and most of her longer pieces felt lazy and ill-thought out.

    I don't know where to begin. Listen, as a brown woman of course I gave Rupi a try - that's what we brown girls do, we hold each other up and support each other like crazy because who else will? However, I think we should also be able to speak up when the work just doesn't cut it. Being critical is simply tough love - so don't be so quick to dismiss my negative feeback.

    First of all, half of this book are one-liners from her first book, and most of her longer pieces felt lazy and ill-thought out. I found myself skipping/ losing interest through most of them. Furthermore, I just can't ignore the more popular pieces she has claimed as her own when any avid reader can tell you they are not.

    Example 1 :

    "you must see no worth in yourself

    if you find me worth less

    after you've touched me

    as if your hands on my body

    magnify you

    and reduce me to nothing" - rupi kaur

    sounds awfully familiar to my favorite quote by Kaija Sabbah:

    “If you consider a woman less pure after you’ve touched her

    maybe you should take a looks at your hands.”

    Example 2: (This is from her first book)

    "She was music, but he had his ears cut off" - Rupi Kaur

    "She was like a piano in a country where everyone has had their hands cut off." - Angela Carter

    Example 3:

    "a

    man

    who cries"

    - rupi kaur

    "i want more men

    with flowers falling from their skin

    more water in their eyes

    more tremble in their hands

    more women in their hearts

    than on their bodies

    more softness in their height

    more honesty in their voice more wonder

    more humility in their eyes."

    - Nayyirah Waheed

    Example 4:

    "Your voice does to me

    what autumn does to trees

    you call to say hello

    and my clothes fall naturally"

    - rupi kaur

    (Okay aside from this just being hilarious, here's who she tried to copy)

    "I want to do with you

    what spring does with the cherry trees."

    - Pablo Neruda

    and

    "You wonder why I don't

    answer your 3 a.m. phone calls.

    When you say "I miss you"

    I begin to undress myself out of habit."

    -Sierra Demulder

    Example 5:

    "If you got any more beautiful

    the sun would leave its place

    and come for you"

    - rupi kaur

    “Had I told the sea

    What I felt for you,

    It would have left its shores,

    Its shells,

    Its fish,

    And followed me.”

    ― Nizar Qabbani

    (Many of you have messaged be about the difference between plagiarism and inspiration, and this is my take on it:

    If ms. kaur is attempting to give a voice to women through her work, which she claims she is doing, then she should also acknowledge everyone who has "inspired" her. The debate her isn't whether she's a good poet or not, but if she has any integrity....which she clearly doesn't. Many women of color writers, specifically black women writers, have been silenced by her.

    This is the same woman who "wrote" the following:

    "I am the product of all the ancestors

    getting together and deciding these stories need to be told"

    ???? How??? By erasing them? By taking their words and signing your name underneath them?

    and my favorite,

    "never trade honesty for relatability"

    Congrats y'all, she played you.)

    The pieces speaking about some of the hardest topics seem so surface level, I felt wrong reading it. I would never give this to my daughter. Not to mention the randomly sprinkled poems talking about her being an immigrant, all of them felt so out of place and awkward next to her other pieces.

    Anyways, I could go on and on about how much her work mirrors the work of lesser-known authors, but I think most readers already know this. I feel let down and embarrassed by this author and would never recommend it to anyone.

    I can only hope she grows up one day and finally finds her voice.

  • Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)

    Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of Rupi Kaur's

    ; HOWEVER, being the forgiving person that I am, I have decided to give her work a second chance.

    Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of Rupi Kaur's

    ; HOWEVER, being the forgiving person that I am, I have decided to give her work a second chance.

    Just adding my unwanted two cents and personal preference here, but I would have been good had she stopped after 'and the bees growing jealous'. The last chunk of this poem just made me cringe and it also ruined the initial emotion I felt while reading the first half.

    ---

    Been dur, done dat. How is this original? I bet Atticus would love this one.

    ---

    You know what? I've made a grave mistake in reading this. This isn't my preferred cup of tea.

    ---

    I came. I saw. I conquered.

    ---

    It's over, finished, done, finito, caput. Welp, that was definitely better than

    . NOT! But in all honesty, none of her poems really left an impression on me. There were a few "poems" that I liked, but I've already forgotten them. Also, I thought this collection was meant to empower women? Majority of her poems came across as emotionally insecure and overly clichéd.

    Here is why I have a problem with her work: corresponding imagery is nice to look at once in a while, but I picked this up to be moved by her WORDS. If I wanted a picture book, then I'd go out and buy one. I found the artwork in this unnecessary, and I wasn't impressed with the stick people drawings.

    Also, I think modern poets tend to forget how impactful the use of punctuation can be for a reader. Create a tonality with your words and format your stanzas with stylistic elements. Unfortunately, this whole book was very dull and very monotone.

    It is nice to see a young Canadian poet establish herself--don't get me wrong! And my heart goes out to Ms. Kaur after reading about some of the horrific situations she underwent. That being said, I still think her work is overhyped and resembles little fluffs of nothing. If you enjoyed this then no hard feelings. But no more chances and no more modern poetry for me. I mean it. (that's probably a lie)

    PS. Check out this insightful article by Chiara Giovanni:

  • Kai

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