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Rupi Kaur

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What am i to you he asks, i put my hand in his lap and whisper you are every hope i’ve ever had in human form” – Rupi Kaur; Milk and Honey.

Ever heard of Rupi Kaur? Perhaps you’ve heard of her poetry book “Milk and Honey”. But who is she? Rupi Kaur is a #1 New York best selling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry: Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers. Rupi Kaur was born in Punjab, India to a family of Sikh and emigrated to Canada when she was four. At the age of 5 she was inspired by her mother to paint and draw, and later developed a passion for it.

When she grew up she studied rhetoric and professional writing at the university of Waterloo, Ontario. In 2014 she wrote the book Milk and Honey and a year later in 2015 it was accepted for publishing by Andrews McMeel Publishing. Milk and Honey is a collection of poems that talks about survival and the things that a girl may go through, the different pains they may experience. More into depth about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. The book is divided into 4 sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and  the healing. Each section talks about a different pain that she has gone through on her journey of surviving.

‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ Kaur’s most awaited book yet was published October 3, 2017.  The book is divided into 5 chapters, Kaur’s take on a different journey through poetry : the wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming.

But how are people reacting to Kaur’s work of poetry? On Google Books a user reviewed the book giving it 5 stars and saying:


“One of the MOST beautiful books of poetry I have read! Rupi reveals thoughts and realizations that pass through many women, past and present. Her wisdom shines through each page and her choice of words. This book is a dear keepsake that I will read many times over. I recommend this book to other women. There are parts of this book that may be uncomfortable for some women, such as dealing with rape, but Rupi’s journey towards overcoming such a horrific experience needs to be revealed, discussed and acknowledged! She takes you through her darkness and heals you”.

Another user rated the book 1 star and stated:


“The two books written by this author have profound thoughts. However, I don’t like that it puts women on a pedestal and dehumanizes men. It fails to acknowledge that women can be just as bad, abusive, manipulative, and crazy as this book makes men out to be”.

Both books from author Rupi Kaur have become #1 New York Times Bestseller and have been translated into more than 30 languages around the world. But not everybody has had a positive reaction. Some of the controversies that have aroused throughout the years have been about women’s menstruation cycle and some plagiarism accusations. When Kaur posted a photo relating to a woman’s menstruation cycle and how many people criticize woman for such  a natural process. Nayyirah Waheed has also accused Kaur of ignoring messages that both works of poetry looked very much alike. Both authors have taken upon a style of writing that many other authors have also taken upon.

If you are looking for a book that tells a deeper story throughout poetry then this book is for you. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

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