The Sun and Her Flowers

The Sun and Her Flowers

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"From Rupi Kaur, 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 wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms. rupi kaur is the author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. She started drawing at the age of five when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said - draw your heart out. rupi views her life as an exploration of that artistic journey. After completing her degree in rhetoric studies she published her first collection of poems. She continues to explore a variety of themes ranging from love. loss. trauma. healing. femininity. migration. revolution. Visit the author's website at"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501175268
Branch Call Number: C811.6 KAU 2017
Characteristics: 248 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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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.

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Apr 14, 2021

very joyful despite tackling life head on

InnisfilTeenReads Jan 04, 2021

"The Sun and Her Flowers" is a collection of romantic poems by Canadian author Rupi Kaur. The book focuses on the path of growing up, love, loss, and abuse. While reading this book, you may experience MANY emotions, and that's okay! The book is spilt into five chapters that symbolize the stages of a flower. This is a great read for readers looking to ground themselves and find an understanding. My personal favourite poem from the book comes from "falling," the second chapter. Its name is "Unappreciative". It describes the changes in seasons as the falling out of love for your own body. The book teaches you to love yourself for who your are meant to be. You may think you are seen as "un-perfect," but Kaur explains why you need to change that.

If you're looking for some similar reads, consider: "Milk and Honey" and "Homebody" by Rupi Kaur, "I Hope This Reaches Her On Time" by R.H. Sin, "The Chaos of Longing" by K.Y. Robinson, "Bone" by Yrsa Dayley-Ward, "Depression and Other Magic Tricks" by Sabrina Benaim, "Even This Page Is White" by Vivek Shraya and "No Matter the Wreckage" by Sarah Kay and Sophia Janowitz!

- Sybille

This book was quite enjoyable. I will admit one can easily read it in an hour or two. However, a book should never be considered inadequate because of size or length. This book was wonderfully written, and it connects with the reader on a personal level. When I have time to spare, I often reread this book, and it is as enjoyable as it was the first time. The drawings in this book might be considered simple, but each one perfectly reflects the poem it accompanies. In some instances, I believe it elevates the poetry even further.

May 30, 2020

The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur is just another beautiful instalment to her work. I recently have gotten into poetry a lot, and her book was just the epitome of power and beauty in the world. I would recommend it to female teenagers, 16+. I think her way with words is strongly depicted through the images she has drawn on the pages. Sure, a few images could be viewed as provocative, which is why I rated it the way I did, but it is still very well done. There’s not much of anything I can critique of hers. It made me feel waves of emotions as she described the moral of her story through the five chapters; wilting, falling, rooting, rising, blooming. The idea that although in life or love you may fall, you will always rise like a flower and bloom again. I believe that message is a perfect one to spread. 5/5-@tigercats04 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Sun and Her Flowers is a collection of emotional poems written by Rupi Kaur, which focuses on multiple events which include relationships, abuse, finding and loving yourself. The poems are organized in five different sections which are wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. The theme of wilting is about breaking up with someone and the emotions an individual feels during the breakup. Falling is about the lowest points in one’s lives that have an impact on their lives that no one or someone may know about, which includes themes of abuse. Rooting is about one’s past and reflecting on it in the present. Rising is about realizing your worth and deciding to focus on yourself. Blooming is about becoming fully aware of your worth and not allowing anyone to think otherwise. Personally, this is one of my favourite books of poems since I can relate to most, but not all, of the topics covered in this collection of poems. 5/5 stars
@hibiscusflower of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Sun and Her Flowers is the best sequel to any novel I’ve read so far. The themes of this novel are far more positive. While Rupi Kaur discusses depressing topics she follows up with something positive. I strongly recommend this novel to anyone who may be going through a difficult period in their life as this manuscript touches upon serious topics such as rape and body dysmorphia but also how the author grows out of these problems and learns to love herself and move on. It just sets a perfect example of growth, even if you aren’t going through any rough patches I still strongly suggest reading it as something might stick with you and help you later on when you might need it. 5 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

I just don't think I'm cut out for this type of poetry, but I fully appreciate that it's bringing new generations into the fold. I imagine this speaks to lots of women with its poems about relationships and love.

Sep 09, 2019


Aug 10, 2019

One of my favourite authors. Poems that many woman can relate to. Written in a way that is easy to read and feel. Beautifully illustrated. One to buy and read again and again <3

Jul 21, 2019

After reading "milk and honey", I decided to give Rupi Kaur another chance with this one. There were some things I liked about "the sun and her flowers", but overall, it was a letdown. I really disliked the author's "style" (if I can even call it a "style"). The random spacing is absolutely meaningless and serves no purpose in enhancing the poetry. Many of the "poems" consist of sentences that just run on with random spacing. Also, it is such a waste of paper, with only one line on some pages. Rupi Kaur takes several ideas from "milk and honey", and some lines were literally copied and pasted into "the sun and her flowers".

Jul 11, 2019

Many criticize Kaur's poems as being surface level or as being superficial. However, I believe Kaur's poems resonate with so many people thanks to their simplicity in format and in language. This simplicity is where the emotion in her words can shine.

Jun 22, 2019

Sorry, I don't get it.
The best thing about Rupi Kaur's "poetry" books are a select few of the illustrations.
Reading each section is like being bludgeoned with the same topic (using the word: "theme" would be a stretch) over and over again just using different words.
Here, everything is on the surface, there is no subtext, no deeper meaning, no requirement on the reader's part to think or feel anything more than the obvious superficial text.
It's like the writer didn't have enough material to write about, so she just keeps rehashing the same topic or greivances over and over.
Some of the "poems" are even simple incomplete thoughts. The editor has some responsibility here.
Basically, Rupi Kaur is to poetry, what E.L. James is to literarture.

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Jul 21, 2019

you break women in like shoes

Jul 21, 2019

i think i just wanted something
was ready to give myself to something
i believed was bigger than myself
and when i saw someone
who could probably fit the part
i made it very much my intention
to make him my counterpart

Jul 21, 2019

you ask
if we can still be friends
i explain how a honeybee
does not dream of kissing
the mouth of a flower
and then settle for its leaves

Jul 21, 2019

the dandelions on the lawn
are rolling their eyes in disappointment
the grass has declared you yesterday's news

Jul 21, 2019

i can still see our constructions hats lying
exactly where we left them
pylons unsure of what to guard
bulldozers gazing out for our return
the planks of wood stiff in their boxes
yearning to be nailed up
but neither of us goes back
to tell them it is over
in time
the bricks will grow tired of waiting and crumble
the cranes will droop their necks in sorrow
the shovels will rust
do you think flowers will grow here
when you and i are off
building something new
with someone else

Nov 19, 2018

we hadn’t touched yet
but we managed to travel in and out
of each other with our words
our limbs dizzying with enough electricity
to form half a sun

Nov 19, 2018

hand over everything in your name
for a ticket onto the boat
next to a hundred others like you
packed like sardines
you tell the woman beside you
_this boat is not strong enough to carry
this much sorrow to a shore
what does it matter_ she says
_if drowning is easier than staying_
how many people has this water drunk up
is it all one long cemetery
bodies buried without a country
perhaps the sea is your country
perhaps the boat sinks
because it is the only place that will take you

Nov 19, 2018

leaving her country
was not easy for my mother
i still catch her searching for it
in foreign films
and the international food aisle

Nov 19, 2018

i can’t wrap my head around the fact
that i have to convince half the world’s population
my body is not their bed

Nov 19, 2018

you must see no worth in yourself
if you find me worth less
after you’ve touched me

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