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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 w
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Kitten I do not exactly disagree with Cecelia. There were some themes in this book that were not addressed in "Milk and Honey", but personally, I still found…moreI do not exactly disagree with Cecelia. There were some themes in this book that were not addressed in "Milk and Honey", but personally, I still found them very similar. Both focus very much on love and abuse (in relationships), but this one's main theme seems to be self-growth (not necessarily connected to "overcoming" past abuse and trauma). So, yes, very similar, but not identical.(less)
Kitten I'd say that it can be read by anyone who is able to deal with topics like abuse and rape. I am in my early twenties and I feel like this would be a…moreI'd say that it can be read by anyone who is able to deal with topics like abuse and rape. I am in my early twenties and I feel like this would be a very good time to read it (since many women my age have experienced various of the things Kaur addresses), but of course it can be read by teenagers (and also older people) as well.(less)

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Megan Singh
Oct 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't know where to begin. Listen, as a Punjabi 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
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Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
*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 be
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Julia Miller
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rupi, you have my heart ❤ beautifully written and ohhh the art :‘) ...more
April
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“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.
Claudia Ramírez
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Rupi Kaur.
Kai
Jul 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
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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Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
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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.

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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 flower
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Elyse
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful...
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
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Nat
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 achi
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Whitney Atkinson
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 wit
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C.G. Drews
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This was really beautiful and brutal! I totally confess I haven't read poetry in like...forever. I'm kind of terrified of it?! I generally don't "get it" and spent my entire highschool life learning to sprint in order to get away from it. Tbh I'm a great sprinter now so things work out wow go me.

However, I really did want to give this a go when I was sent it for review and I'm really really glad I did! It's like so empowering and the words were pretty and like?!?? I think I really like this typ
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Marpapad
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kelli
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
i startedto read
this hoping toenjoy it more than Milk and Honey butinstead i
found it derivative
i also
question whetherrandombreaks insentences andno
punctuation is equal
topoetry

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
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Warda
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[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
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Mirza Maric
Oct 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
her 2nd book and still she has no grasp of poetic language. she writes aphorisms that people like because they're relateable, but they are intellectually and emotionally insincere. an excellent businesswoman but a terrible writer. I would suggest rupi actually sit down and read some poetry once in a while, but I doubt she'd bother with that. her illustrations are alright though.
Esha
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
A good reader finishes a book before criticising it, but a good writer knows a book is trash a few pages in.
may ❀
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 t
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Joce (squibblesreads)
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.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
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.
Kate
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
i am
still not
a fan of people
who use
random line
breaks in otherwise
simple phrases and
think it's
somehow
groundbreaking

I don't get it.

I feel like a total ass for hating this book because she covers some very personal and traumatic topics, but to me it just reads like she's trying too hard to be profound because everyone lost their shit over her first book (which I didn't particularly like either, because it was basically a tumblr dashboard), so it was like she had to outdo herself. Like m&h, th
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AleJandra
5 wilting. falling. rooting. rising. and blooming. STARS
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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 tempo
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Lou
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book. Loved that there were longer pieces in this one and that the book was thicker in general. Wonderful illustrations as always though I have to say that since she has used drawings that were quite similar to some in her first book, I kinda got confused and thought for a moment that she has reused some of her old poems too. (I hope I make sense). Definitely gonna keep this book on my nightstand 😊⭐ ...more
Jennifer
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 a
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Emilie Emzbooksandco
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, poetry
“You’re everywhere
Except right here
And it hurts.”
may ➹
the lines of the poems were much longer than milk and honey’s
and the poems overall were longer
(sometimes too long)
which I greatly appreciated,
but I found it repetitive at times
and I didn’t know where it was all going.
I loved the talk of girl love & self love & representation & feminism & rape culture
and of course Rupi Kaur delivers it all in a beautiful choice of words
but something was missing for me.
something was lacking, some
magical
aspect that I found in milk and honey.
but it
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Sara Hunt
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't read Milk and Honey so came to this book with no preconceived expectations. As a big fan of poetry I love to find new poets who inspire me and make me question my own view of the World. I enjoy reading poems that are hard hitting and don't shy away from the brutality of the World today. Rupi's poems in this her second book are written with love and from the heart. The offer a glimpse into the life Rupi has lead and the trials and tribulations she has gone through to get where she is tod ...more
Erin
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
it isn't what we left behind
that breaks me
it's what we could've built
had we stayed.


Grief, self abandoment, the bond between a child and her parents, girl power, and respecting the generations that came before are all themes of the second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur. Recently I read the poet's debut collection Milk and Honey and I became spell bound by her writing.

this place makes me
the kind of exhausted that has
nothing to do with sleep
and everything to do with
the people around me.
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The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
4.25 STARS!!!!

“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."

This quote was like a punch in a gut. I felt guilt, shame, and realization when I read it because honestly, I am like that.

Rupi Kaur did it again. Her brutally honest poems stirred up something inside me. A year ago, I read milk and honey and I was quite surprised of how personal, vulgar and relatable it was. But this book? I personally
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Julia Sapphire
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
reread - 4.5 stars

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4.25 stars

Oh. my. God.
I enjoyed this way more than Milk and Honey, I loved the writing, the illustrations and the messages in this collection. From heartbreak, to rape, to immigration, to police brutality, this was excellent.
Calista
I love Rupi's books of poetry. Many of them are like thoughts floating through my brain. They can be like a Haiku, a simple 4 line thought. These books speak to me deeply. I felt Milk and Honey was more powerful and this one still had that fire of truth burning in the verse.

I enjoyed this truth:
You cannot walk in and out of me like a revolving door
I have too many miracles happening inside me
to be your convenient option

Rupi is dedicated to the worth of women and for we women to love ourselves. C
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Rupi Kaur is a writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. With a focus in poetry, she released her first book of prose and poems in November 2014. Throughout her poetry, photography, illustrations, and creative direction she engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. When she is not writing or creating art, she is travelling internationally to perform her spoken word poet ...more
“why is it
that when the story ends
we begin to feel all of it”
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“what love looks like

what does love look like the therapist asks
one week after the breakup
and i’m not sure how to answer her question
except for the fact that i thought love
looked so much like you

that’s when it hit me
and i realized how naive i had been
to place an idea so beautiful on the image of a person
as if anybody on this entire earth
could encompass all love represented
as if this emotion seven billion people tremble for
would look like a five foot eleven
medium-sized brown-skinned guy
who likes eating frozen pizza for breakfast

what does love look like the therapist asks again
this time interrupting my thoughts midsentence
and at this point i’m about to get up
and walk right out the door
except i paid too much money for this hour
so instead i take a piercing look at her
the way you look at someone
when you’re about to hand it to them
lips pursed tightly preparing to launch into conversation
eyes digging deeply into theirs
searching for all the weak spots
they have hidden somewhere
hair being tucked behind the ears
as if you have to physically prepare for a conversation
on the philosophies or rather disappointments
of what love looks like

well i tell her
i don’t think love is him anymore
if love was him
he would be here wouldn’t he
if he was the one for me
wouldn’t he be the one sitting across from me
if love was him it would have been simple
i don’t think love is him anymore i repeat
i think love never was
i think i just wanted something
was ready to give myself to something
i believed was bigger than myself
and when i saw someone
who probably fit the part
i made it very much my intention
to make him my counterpart

and i lost myself to him
he took and he took
wrapped me in the word special
until i was so convinced he had eyes only to see me
hands only to feel me
a body only to be with me
oh how he emptied me

how does that make you feel
interrupts the therapist
well i said
it kind of makes me feel like shit

maybe we’re looking at it wrong
we think it’s something to search for out there
something meant to crash into us
on our way out of an elevator
or slip into our chair at a cafe somewhere
appear at the end of an aisle at the bookstore
looking the right amount of sexy and intellectual
but i think love starts here
everything else is just desire and projection
of all our wants needs and fantasies
but those externalities could never work out
if we didn’t turn inward and learn
how to love ourselves in order to love other people

love does not look like a person
love is our actions
love is giving all we can
even if it’s just the bigger slice of cake
love is understanding
we have the power to hurt one another
but we are going to do everything in our power
to make sure we don’t
love is figuring out all the kind sweetness we deserve
and when someone shows up
saying they will provide it as you do
but their actions seem to break you
rather than build you
love is knowing who to choose”
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