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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 fall root rise in order to bloom

256 pages, Paperback

First published September 18, 2018

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Rupi Kaur

19 books28.5k followers
A breakout literary phenomenon and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Rupi Kaur wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first poetry collection, 'milk and honey' in 2014. Next came its artistic siblings 'the sun and her flowers' and ‘home body’, both debuting at #1 on bestseller lists across the world. These collections have sold more than 11 million copies and have been translated into over 43 languages. Most recently in 2022- she released her 4th book ‘Healing Through Words’ which is a journey of guided writing exercises to help the reader explore their creativity.

As she has done from the very beginning, Rupi self-produced ‘Rupi Kaur Live’, the first poetry special of its kind, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video in 2021.

Rupi Kaur graces stages across the globe on sold-out world tours. These shows are a poetic theatrical experience interlaced with her own touch of stand-up. Her work touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, and migration. She feels most at home when creating art, performing her poetry onstage, and spending time with family and friends.

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Profile Image for Megan.
13 reviews59 followers
December 16, 2018
I don't know where to begin. Listen, as a brown woman of course I gave Rupi a try - that's what we brown girls do, we hold each other up and support each other like crazy because who else will? However, I think we should also be able to speak up when the work just doesn't cut it. Being critical is simply tough love - so don't be so quick to dismiss my negative feeback.

First of all, half of this book are one-liners from her first book, and most of her longer pieces felt lazy and ill-thought out. I found myself skipping/ losing interest through most of them. Furthermore, I just can't ignore the more popular pieces she has claimed as her own when any avid reader can tell you they are not.

Example 1 :

"you must see no worth in yourself
if you find me worth less
after you've touched me
as if your hands on my body
magnify you
and reduce me to nothing" - rupi kaur

sounds awfully familiar to my favorite quote by Kaija Sabbah:

“If you consider a woman less pure after you’ve touched her
maybe you should take a looks at your hands.”

Example 2: (This is from her first book)

"She was music, but he had his ears cut off" - Rupi Kaur

"She was like a piano in a country where everyone has had their hands cut off." - Angela Carter

Example 3:

who cries"
- rupi kaur

"i want more men
with flowers falling from their skin
more water in their eyes
more tremble in their hands
more women in their hearts

than on their bodies

more softness in their height
more honesty in their voice more wonder
more humility in their eyes."

- Nayyirah Waheed

Example 4:

"Your voice does to me
what autumn does to trees
you call to say hello
and my clothes fall naturally"

- rupi kaur

(Okay aside from this just being hilarious, here's who she tried to copy)

"I want to do with you
what spring does with the cherry trees."

- Pablo Neruda


"You wonder why I don't
answer your 3 a.m. phone calls.
When you say "I miss you"
I begin to undress myself out of habit."

-Sierra Demulder

Example 5:

"If you got any more beautiful
the sun would leave its place
and come for you"

- rupi kaur

“Had I told the sea
What I felt for you,
It would have left its shores,
Its shells,
Its fish,
And followed me.”

― Nizar Qabbani

(Many of you have messaged be about the difference between plagiarism and inspiration, and this is my take on it:

If ms. kaur is attempting to give a voice to women through her work, which she claims she is doing, then she should also acknowledge everyone who has "inspired" her. The debate her isn't whether she's a good poet or not, but if she has any integrity....which she clearly doesn't. Many women of color writers, specifically black women writers, have been silenced by her.

This is the same woman who "wrote" the following:

"I am the product of all the ancestors
getting together and deciding these stories need to be told"

???? How??? By erasing them? By taking their words and signing your name underneath them?

and my favorite,

"never trade honesty for relatability"

Congrats y'all, she played you.)

The pieces speaking about some of the hardest topics seem so surface level, I felt wrong reading it. I would never give this to my daughter. Not to mention the randomly sprinkled poems talking about her being an immigrant, all of them felt so out of place and awkward next to her other pieces.

Anyways, I could go on and on about how much her work mirrors the work of lesser-known authors, but I think most readers already know this. I feel let down and embarrassed by this author and would never recommend it to anyone.
I can only hope she grows up one day and finally finds her voice.
Profile Image for Hailey (Hailey in Bookland).
603 reviews87.3k followers
October 15, 2017
*Thank you so much to Indigo for surprising me with a copy of this!*

I never read Milk & Honey. It just seemed like such a fad thing, I had no interest in it. I tend to prefer traditional poetry. It's just my inner English major coming out I suppose! That being said, I enjoyed this more than I had expected. I didn't love the whole thing, but there were some poems that I really loved. The poetic style is quite simplistic and some quotes I felt like were reworded versions of things I've seen before. But, I liked the fact that this collection dealt with femininity, immigration, and self love. The topics were well developed and the poems were short, but packed a punch. Not sure if I'll now pick up Milk & Honey. We'll see!
Profile Image for Brittney Andrews (beabookworm).
135 reviews231 followers
July 17, 2018
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Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of Rupi Kaur's milk and honey; HOWEVER, being the forgiving person that I am, I have decided to give her work a second chance.

Warning: The gifs you are about to see are real reactions to the poems I just read.


Alrighty, here we go:

i live for that first second in the morning
when i am still half-conscious
i hear the hummingbirds outside
flirting with the flowers
i hear the flowers giggling
and the bees growing jealous
when I turn over to wake you
it starts all over again
the panting
the wailing
the shock
of realizing
that you've left

- the first morning without you

Just adding my unwanted two cents and personal preference here, but I would have been good had she stopped after 'and the bees growing jealous'. The last chunk of this poem just made me cringe and it also ruined the initial emotion I felt while reading the first half.



Next up, buttercup:

i envy the winds
who still witness you

Been dur, done dat. How is this original? I bet Atticus would love this one.



Please, Queen Latifah, give me da strength that I need to get carry on. Here we go again:

you break women in like shoes

You know what? I've made a grave mistake in reading this. This isn't my preferred cup of tea.



The end is nigh:

who cries

- a gift

I came. I saw. I conquered.



It's over, finished, done, finito, caput. Welp, that was definitely better than milk and honey. NOT! But in all honesty, none of her poems really left an impression on me. There were a few "poems" that I liked, but I've already forgotten them. Also, I thought this collection was meant to empower women? Majority of her poems came across as emotionally insecure and overly clichéd.

Here is why I have a problem with her work: corresponding imagery is nice to look at once in a while, but I picked this up to be moved by her WORDS. If I wanted a picture book, then I'd go out and buy one. I found the artwork in this unnecessary, and I wasn't impressed with the stick people drawings.

Also, I think modern poets tend to forget how impactful the use of punctuation can be for a reader. Create a tonality with your words and format your stanzas with stylistic elements. Unfortunately, this whole book was very dull and very monotone.

It is nice to see a young Canadian poet establish herself--don't get me wrong! And my heart goes out to Ms. Kaur after reading about some of the horrific situations she underwent. That being said, I still think her work is overhyped and resembles little fluffs of nothing. If you enjoyed this then no hard feelings. But no more chances and no more modern poetry for me. I mean it. (that's probably a lie)

*sings* Edgar Allan Poeeee sum sugaaa on meee.

PS. Check out this insightful article by Chiara Giovanni: The Problem With Rupi Kaur's Poetry
Profile Image for Julia Miller.
4 reviews100 followers
December 10, 2017
Rupi, you have my heart ❤️ beautifully written and ohhh the art :‘)
Profile Image for jessica.
2,508 reviews31k followers
February 17, 2019
i hold
the pages
that give my heart
a place
to call home
while words of
simple elegance
and subtle purity
teach it
to grow
and inspire it
to love.

- how i feel about this book

4.5 stars
Profile Image for April.
146 reviews255 followers
January 3, 2018
“I hear a thousand kind words about me and it makes no difference yet I hear one insult and all confidence shatters - focusing on the negative.”

I've never related to written words as much as reading Rupi Kaur's books.
Profile Image for Kai Spellmeier.
Author 5 books13.5k followers
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April 6, 2021
god must have kneaded you and i
from the same dough
rolled us out on the baking sheet
must have suddenly realized
how unfair it was
to put that much magic in one person
and sadly split that dough in two
how else is it that
when i look in the mirror
i am looking at you
when you breathe
my own lungs fill with air
that we just met but we
have known each other our whole lives
if we were not made as one to begin with

our souls are mirrors - rupi kaur

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Profile Image for Kelli.
844 reviews391 followers
April 10, 2021
i started 
to read
this hoping to 
enjoy it more than Milk and Honey but 
instead i
found it derivative

i also
question whether 
 breaks in
 sentences and 
punctuation is equal

Some parts of this, like the things she wishes she could have told her mother on her wedding day and insights on immigration were thought provoking, but much of this felt like thoughts I’ve read many times elsewhere. 

Here are three examples of that:

you do not just wake up and become the butterfly

the right one does not
stand in your way
they make space for you
to step forward

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

This is akin to reading a teenager’s journal. Not that it’s bad, but rather a bit cliche and young. Also, the amount of time it took me to correct the computer and remove punctuation and add breaks in sentences was frustrating... and I’m pretty sure it still didn’t put my quotes as they appear in the book! (That is an explanation point for emphasis.)
2 stars!!
Profile Image for Elyse Walters.
3,918 reviews35.4k followers
November 1, 2017
The range of emotions are all felt ... sadness, anger, loss, grief, pride, guilt, fear, nervousness, shame, joy, surprise, love ....

These stories/ poems are heartfelt...
rupi kaur is a lovely gift to the world.

“for so long i was lost in a place where there was no sun, where there grew no flowers. but something i loved would emerge and bring me to life again”.

I love “Milk and Honey”...
and I equally love “the sun and her flowers”. The one complaint is that I wanted to buy this book in a hard copy -
so far it’s only come out in a paper copy.

rupi kaur writes about sensitive topics with piercing imagination.

Introspective and tender ...really wonderful!
Profile Image for Whitney Atkinson.
909 reviews13.8k followers
October 10, 2017
4.5 Stars

Wow. Let me say I had low expectations going into this, but I was so wrong. Backstory: I'm not a fan of milk & honey. It's not a style I enjoy at all, and the entire book just felt too Tumblr and cheesy and simplistic. this blew me away. it's so different, fresh, and jaw-dropping.

it’s interesting to see how her writing has grown and evolved. there are very few short poems (unlike m&h), which i was thankful for, because in m&h it seemed like she would just write sentences with skips in it, then label them poetry, and i really hated that style. however, this utilized a lot of longer poems and metaphor and personification of nature, and although it’s still not my favorite style, it’s gotten so much better.

This book was just so much more personal. m&h felt like a ton of blanket statements and tumblr posts, but this one had quotes that actually made me sit back and go “whoa.”

“i even tried to bury myself alive
but the dirt recoiled
you have already rotted it said
there is nothing left for me to do
- self-hate”


This book adds on an entire section about immigration and refugees, and I thought it was new and powerful as opposed to only talking about feminism, the body, and self-love. also, brown girls NEED to pick up this book. there is so much positivity and messages about acceptance of your skin.

i will say, if you decide to pick this up, don't give up hope until you reach part 2. The whole first part seems like it was a step back from milk & honey? milk and honey was so feminist and focused on recovery and self-love and some of the poems in the first part were like “TELL ME I’M PRETTY I NEED VALIDATION” and stuff like that and I was like ??????? It started out really weak but definitely got better.

Lastly, another thing I wasn’t a huge fan of is none of her poems use punctuation. She had some longer poems unlike anything she had in m&h, but most of those just employed really long-winded run-on sentences and I wasn’t a huge fan of that style. Because of that, it was hard to tell sometimes when one poem ended and another begun because none were punctuated, some didn’t have titles, some were just one sentence, etc.

Regardless, I'm sorta speechless because I expected to hate this and I actually enjoyed it so much. Several of the poems gave me chills. If you gave up hope after milk & honey, definitely think about trying this from a library or something because it is a MAJOR improvement and I think its messages are valuable, and nothing about this feels like a regurgitation of a Tumblr post.
Profile Image for Jon Nakapalau.
4,826 reviews651 followers
December 15, 2021
Heart breaking yet empowering - a woman's journey of growth - (wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming) as she comes to terms with her past, present and future. As a man this book touched me because I never was aware of all the different ways we try to make women conform to 'our' idea of what they should be. If you have a friend trying to put their life back together after a break up this book will help them focus on the path they need to take.
December 18, 2021
"representation is vital
otherwise the butterfly
surrounded by a group of moths
unable to see itself
will keep trying to become the moth
- representation"

"this place makes me
the kind of exhausted that has
nothing to do with sleep
and everything to do with
the people around me
- introvert"

"think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom"
Profile Image for Nat.
546 reviews3,172 followers
June 5, 2020
This long-awaited second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur made waves; it was a ride brimming with of every kind of emotion imaginable. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is 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.

Kaur's voice is as audacious and brave as ever. She nails to perfection the specific intimate details that made her writing so achingly real in milk and honey. We have poems exploring self-love, self-hate, body-image, girls supporting girls, motherly love, feminism, insecurity, sexual assault, and so much more. I read through it in a whirlwind. I barely put it down, and it was so short I didn't even have to.

The author's smart, poised, and down-to-earth writing oozes inspiration. And I'm beyond eager to share some of my favorite pieces:

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I'll never grow tired of reading Kaur's passionate words. And I hope there's more and more to wait for in the future, regarding her poetry.


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Profile Image for Marpapad.
45 reviews95 followers
January 24, 2018
I want to thank Jon(athan) Nakapalau for recommending this poetry collection to me. I have never read something similar before. The only part that I did not enjoy was the first one. In general, it was a nice experience, and I will probably read her other collection too.
Profile Image for Reading_ Tamishly.
4,166 reviews2,237 followers
November 20, 2022
'you do not just wake up and become the butterfly
- growth is a process'

Rereading this one cos I loved this one so much better than 'Milk And Honey'

I am surprised after all this time I still loved it. This collection is amazing!!!

The writing style is so good and smooth.
It's relatable.
It talks about abusive relationships, depression, rape, how victim copes subsequently, loneliness, (most importantly) letting go, the things we women have to go through in the name of beauty, being an introvert, patriarchal society, fighting back,hope and about women empowerment. Overall about WOMANHOOD.
I loved all the lines except for the fact that it gave a hint about acceptance to be in an abusive relationship.
The insecurity screams out too loud.
Yet the last three sections made up for the brokenness of the character described in the first two sections.
Loved it.
I will reread this again next year.
💌 Hopefully.
✨So happy to read this one holding a physical copy in my favourite bookstore with two cups of cuppacino ✨

I have to get the physical copy again☺️
Profile Image for Warda.
1,122 reviews17.7k followers
December 3, 2017
[Edit: had to change my rating to 5 stars]

Rupi Kaur does it once again. Her poetry is blooming. Her words hit home as they always do. I mean, there's a reason why there's a surge in poetry books being sold now. She's the reason.

I love what she advocates in her poetry collections, what she stands for. How it is told in a format of stages, of growth. Following on from her previous collection (not that it is a sequel, but the format and themes are similar), the sun and her flowers is tackling the root of our own emotions and suffering, to taking it in and accepting the people around us, our ancestors and our heritage, our immigrant parents, to ultimately establishing self-love. Yes, you do come first. You are important. I feel like it's a mantra in her poetry and I love that. It's beyond empowering!

As per her usual style, the poems are direct, simple, easy to grasp and full of passion. There are underlying layers and raw thoughts and emotions beneath those words that have me wanting to savour it, reread it. Annotate the whole book and find my own meaning within it. The illustrations truly make it come to life and paint a vivid picture and emotion inside you.

I can't wait to see what else she has in store! I know I can read her work over and over again!
Profile Image for Cindy.
407 reviews111k followers
October 31, 2018
My favorite parts in this quick read were the poems centered on Kaur's generational experience with immigration and her deep admiration for her mother. There's a rich narrative to be explored there and I'm glad she devoted an entire section for it. Other than that, many of the poems are a hit or miss. Sometimes Kaur weaves together profound thoughts, and other times she simply write statements that have line spacing every other word. Half of the poems are about heartbreak and relationships, which I found to be generic. I can see how this would be meaningful to young girls though; my younger self from 5 years ago probably would have enjoyed Kaur's poetry more, because I dealt with emotionally abusive relationships back then. But my present day self has matured and moved on from teenage/college-age angst, so I think I've outgrown this type of sentimental writing.
Profile Image for Sebastian.
Author 19 books58 followers
December 6, 2017
This is the BEST book of poetry in 2017?
It’s a joke.
Profile Image for ♛ may.
805 reviews3,774 followers
November 12, 2017
Am I reading this book bc my reading challenge is getting a little out of control??? Psshshhhhh no, of course not why would you think something so preposterous ????

Anyways so I read Milk and Honey last year and I sorta loved it and when I HEARD there was another one I was like yes this woman can write gimme some more

And that’s what this book is
But its better than milk and honey imo

why is it
that when the story ends
we begin to feel all of it

the illustrations are ABSOLUTELY perfection, I love them so much they add so much depth to the poems.

For all them haters who are like “these are just relatable tumblr posts that someone pressed the enter key too many times” well yes, you’re right BUT THEYRE BEAUTIFUL TOO

I love a lot of the concepts that are talked about. Love and acceptance and liberty and compassion, I think the author covered a whole lot of topics and translated them into such beautiful, beautiful, beautiful words like wow give me that talent lady where did you get it from

how do i shake this envy
when i see you doing well
sister how do i love myself enough to know
your accomplishments are not my failures
- we are not each other’s competition

Just like a really inspiring, uplifting poem book that you can finish in 20 minutes
do it for the challenge. there will be no quitters in this house

4 stars!!
July 25, 2019
“why is it
that when the story ends
we begin to feel all of it”

Este es un poemario que va mucho más allá de los amores no correspondidos y las rupturas. En El Sol y sus Flores, Rupi Kaur se abre en canal y nos habla de la violencia, las condiciones de desigualdad que viven las mujeres, la falta de oportunidades, la depresión, la inmigración y todos sus matices y, sobre todo, cómo ella ha ido logrando rehacerse y sobreponerse a todo lo que la vida le ha puesto en su camino.

Definitivamente leeré más de sus libros, pues su estilo, dentro de la poesía, es bastante único y crudo.
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821 reviews415 followers
October 13, 2017
5 wilting. falling. rooting. rising. and blooming. STARS

Me dio mas de lo que esperaba, más positivo, y sensible. No tan crudo como Honey and Milk, pero especial y hermoso.

Una de las cosas que me fastidian de la poesía, es que la mayoría trate de enamorarse y corazones rotos. Y no quiero decir que en este libro no tengamos poemas sobre el amor y lo difícil que es sobrellevar una relación romántica, pero con el estilo único de Rupi, si me terminaron gustando.

"i learned everything is temporary. moments. feelings. people. flowers. i learned love is about giving. everything. and letting it hurt. i learned vulnerability is always the right choice because it is easy to be cold in a world that makes it so very difficult to remain soft. i learned."

Lo que diferencia este libro a los demás de poesía contemporánea es que no se enfrasca en nada, toca temas muy variados.

Inclusive tenemos un poema a las cejas, y es tan tierno que me hizo sonreír.

El libro está separado en 5 diferentes temas, mi favorito fue rooting, creo que es el más intenso, toca el tema de los refugiados, la inmigración con el que me sentí muy identificada.

Los poemas más vehementes fueron todos donde nos habla de su madre, algunos son de esperanza, anhelo, inclusive hay uno sobre como ella daría su vida con tal de cambiar lo que su madre tuvo que vivir.

El poema más triste fue el de feminicidio de bebes, fue completamente shokeante porque nos gusta pensar que esto no pasa cerca de nosotros, que este tipo de cosas tan horribles pasan en pueblos lejanos, pero cuando dice que esto pasa aquí en la ciudad donde vivo, a mujeres con las que me cruzo en la calle, no pude evitar derramar varias lágrimas.

En conclusión: Si eres una mujer de color, seguro encontraras al menos un poema con el que te sentirás completamente identificada, y si eres cualquier otra persona te recomiendo muchísimo más que lo leas, ya que te permitirá ver lo que una mujer que ha pasado por este tipo de situaciones siente y quizá logres ver la vida y el mundo en general desde otra perspectiva. Así que en total SE LO RECOMIENDO A TODO EL MUNDO.

Profile Image for Joce (squibblesreads).
230 reviews4,925 followers
January 21, 2018
Enjoyed this a lot. A few pieces really stood out to me, especially on the topic of being a WOC and immigration. Liked this more than MILK AND HONEY.
Profile Image for 검스마.
171 reviews38 followers
February 20, 2019
if this
then i am
a poet ...what did i
...just read
Profile Image for Ahmad Sharabiani.
9,566 reviews56k followers
November 1, 2021
The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur

The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is 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.

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عنوان: متن دو زبانه شکوفایی عشق؛ نویسنده روپی کائور؛ مترجم فرزاد نیکوئی؛ تهران، نیکومنش، سال1398؛ در160ص؛ شابک9786009688715؛ موضوع شعر شاعران هندی تبار کانادا - سده 21م

عنوان: خورشید و گل هایش؛ نویسنده: روپی کائور؛ مترجم زیبا گنجی‏‫؛ ویراستار سعید سعیدپور؛ تهران، مروارید، سال1399؛ در216ص؛ شابک9789641918387؛‬

روپی کائور میگویند: «دوست ندارم وقتی کسی شعر مرا میخواند با خود فکر کند یعنی چه، یا منظور شاعر چیست! بنابراین هر بار دست به قلم میبرم سعی میکنم کلمات ساده را انتخاب کنم و حرفم را به صورت مستقیم با خوانشگر در میان بگذارم و از کنایه و لفافه گویی تا حد امکان پرهیز کنم.» پایان

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 09/08/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
Profile Image for Jennifer.
1,723 reviews6,664 followers
October 18, 2017
Rupi Kaur has again delivered a palpable collection of perspective on varying issues of significance that range from love to heartbreak and all the things in between. I leave this experience feeling grateful, beautiful, and incredibly empowered. I am in love with this woman's writing.

Note: There are a few repeated poems from Milk and Honey but much of this material felt very fresh.

My favorite quote: One of my many favorite poems:
i reduced my body to aesthetics
forgot the work it did to keep me alive
with every beat and breath
declared it a grand failure for not looking like theirs
searched everywhere for a miracle
foolish enough to not realize
i was already living in one
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