Rupi Kaur: The Pop Star of Poetry
When many of us think of poetry we think of old men, drinking coffee, and staring out of windows with pen and paper; mixing together words that rhyme that somehow have a deeper meaning when we read them in our English classes. But in 2014, Canadian poet Rupi Kaur published Milk and Honey. Since then it has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide, and has continued to be on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her new book, The Sun and Her Flowers, has also reached No. 2 on Amazon’s Best Seller list.
Kaur is also known for posting her work on social media., primarily on her Instagram, where she has 1.7 million followers. According to The New York Times, “Writing poems is how she processes the news and the world around her, she [Kaur] said, and for what she hasn’t lived, she tries to understand.”
Kaur also focuses on themes in her poetry regarding femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. Her new book, The Sun and Her Flowers, it is split into five chapters that follow the natural stages: wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. Kaur emphasizes that love can be found not just through relationships, but inside yourself as well. Her books also includes little doodles that she has drawn herself that accompany the poems. Many people I have asked that are fans of her work say that one of the reasons why they enjoy reading her work is because it is comforting and connects with you without being too hard to understand. This is for those who normally don’t enjoy works by Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, or the like.
Last year, Kaur took the stage at a TEDx Talk where she recited a poem in which she described her recovery from being sexually assaulted.
Lately, Kaur has been traveling North America to promote her new book. She is coming to the Pacific Northwest this October if any of you are interested in hearing her perform her spoken word poetry. Visit her website www.rupikaur.com/ for more details.