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Rupi Kaur’s poetry defines true beauty of womanhood

Mary Marks, Staff Writer

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In “The Sun and Her Flowers”, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Rupi Kaur continues to explore themes met in her first collection “Milk and Honey,” love, loss, femininity, and healing.

It is separated into five chapters, wilting, falling, rooting, rising, blooming. “The Sun and Her Flowers” catalogues, with a grateful tongue, the realities of alienation of one’s self and one’s country (of which Kaur writes: “you do not have the privilege to root/in a country that spits you out”), the doubt of new love when grappling with the lingering bite of loss, and—finally, the radical acceptance of self through practiced growth.

“The Sun and Her Flowers” is honest, accessible, and brilliant. It is a naturally- and sometimes vengefully- sexy reckoning of the magic of woman and fullness of self that together defy manufactured concepts of beauty.

Kaur is unapologetically passionate (“I am/made of water/of course I am emotional”) in a collection of sublime transcendence that grants power to anyone dealing with the consequences of alienation, love, or womanhood. She asks us to honor our roots and learn kindness for our most desperate parts.

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