Twenty-seven-year-old Rupi Kaur has a gift with words. The young poet throws them together with an intensity that will destabilise your brick walls, and turn you upside down. Her poetry centred on the themes of love, loss, abuse, survival and womanhood, has given the art of being poetic a new lease on life. She has captured the hearts of today’s youth, with already one and a half million followers on Instagram.
The Indian-born Canadian poet and artist self-published her debut poetry collection, Milk and Honey, in 2014. It went on to sell more than half a million copies and became a New York Times bestseller this year, translated into over 30 languages. Her long-awaited second collection of poetry, The Sun and Her Flowers, is just about to be released. Enjoy this journey through her incredible words.
this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
in order to bloom ~ Rupi Kaur
Rupi writes courageously about her personal experiences with a potent urgency that speaks to people all over the world. Notable writers that she admires are Kahlil Gibran, Alice Walker, and Sharon Olds. She also draws inspiration from Sikh scriptures in her writing and her life.
Here is a collection of Rupi’s poems accompanied by her own beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations: