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The Sun and Her Flowers
Contributor(s): Kaur, Rupi

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ISBN: 1449486797     ISBN-13: 9781449486792
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Pub
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: October 2017

Annotation: 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.

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.
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
must wilt
in order to bloom

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Self-actualization (Psychology); Poetry.
Women; Poetry.
POETRY.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Poetry | Canadian
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: 2017948761
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.00" W x 0.75" (0.65 lbs) 248 pages
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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

Kaur, author of the immensely popular Milk and Honey, writes and sketches in the same plain, honest, and shattering style about healing. Her fresh, poignant metaphor of a broken relationship as an abandoned construction site sets the stage for the structured volume, divided into sections ("wilting," "falling," "rooting," "rising," and "blooming"): "it isn't what we left behind/that breaks me/but what we could have built/had we stayed." Kaur then asks, "do you think flowers will grow here/when you and i are off/building something new/with someone else." The author frames several longer prose poems graphically as books within a book in which she digs into the root causes of her mistakes and her inspiration, such as her cultural upbringing to never speak up and the sacrifices of her mother, an East Indian immigrant, respectively. Kaur exudes a wisdom and reverence for life that she melds with the social justice ideals of feminism and equity. She speaks to teens' struggles to accept, to forgive, and to love with intensity and respect: "when i stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundation of home within myself…there were no roots more intimate." VERDICT A must-buy for poetry collections.—Sara Lissa Paulson, City-As-School High School, New York City

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