When I come to think of it, I’ve never actually read modern poetry and I guess Rupi Kaur was a good choice. First things first, I don’t know if you actually consider her work poetry (I’m no expert). She writes such beautiful lines and makes you go through so much emotion, but my middle-school-self is totally searching for a rhyme scheme here. Maybe that’s what’s considered “modern poetry”: feelings on a page. (What do you think of her writing style? Tell me in comments below.)
Milk and Honey
This book deals with various heavy emotions a girl goes through in life, love, loss, abuse, domestic violence. The book is divided into chapters where each chapter depicts a different sort of pain. Most of the situations she depicts are so raw, just plain bare truth on a paper. Some things did leave me outraged thinking how certain stuff like domestic abuse still prevail in such high percentages. But she does depict how girls/women emerge out of it stronger, how they heal through it all.
The Sun and Her Flowers
Her second collection of poems deals with the growth of a woman. This book is so fresh compared to her first one. So many of her quotes are so relatable, uplifting, empowering and just makes you want to be a better person and at the same time cut out all the toxicity.
For all the brown girls out there, this book talks bout the acceptance of your skin and could really be helpful to those with such insecurities. It initially does talk about a lot of self hate and excessive need of validation, but the book gets stronger as we proceed. This one is definitely my favourite of the two.
Here are some of my favourite quotes from both the books:
however you need
it takes grace
to remain kind
in cruel situations.
we are all born
the great tragedy is
being convinced we are not.
What is the greatest lesson a woman should learn
that since day one
she’s already had everything she needs within herself
it’s the world that convinced her she did not.
Happy reading 🙂