05 Dec The Time Rupi Kaur Didn’t Hit Me in My Feels: A Review
A quick new addition, a pallet cleanser, between books for me. Plus I couldn’t really give up the opportunity to not be apart of the discussion around this one! This is published by Simon & Schuster US (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
About the Book:
Rupi Kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self. home body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself – reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change. Illustrated by the author, themes of nature and nurture, light and dark, rest here.
I have been a Kaur fan since Milk and Honey — a collection that put my millennial insecurities to rest in a way that I couldn’t find in the pages of Dorothy Parker or the Bronte’s. Kaur has done wonders for taking me down into the dark and dingy places of my heart and body where, like others, I leave the trash; where, like others, I have shut the door and thrown the key away. As a poet, Rupi Kaur has healed with her collections — first with Milk and Honey, second with The Sun and Her Flowers. So, yes, I picked up home body seeking the same therapeutic consolation and I’m afraid that this time I didn’t get it.
While I am one for experimental poetry, one liners are merely quotes — but this is Rupi Kaur and, because some of them do cut you to the core, I can overlook this. For this reader, home body felt scattered; divided into sections of ‘mind’, ‘heart’, ‘rest’, and ‘awake’ — each focusing on their specific elements — and then, almost disrupting the flow, almost distracting from these topics — were these poetic ‘interruptions’ which ranged in topic from abuse to climate change to capitalism. Perhaps I approached this collection wanting the old Rupi Kaur and, as she grows as a poet, maybe home body isn’t meant to be that at all. Maybe it was my own judgement and expectation which held this book back, rather than Rupi faltering in her exceptional style.
With all that being said, Rupi Kaur has taken the Insta-poet world by storm and I simply cannot ignore the truths and hardships which she speaks out loud for those of us who are too scared to. home body is absolutely worth adding to your collection but, sadly, it didn’t hit me as hard as her previous two collections.
3 out of 5 stars
If you have read home body by Rupi Kaur or her other works, please let me know in the comments what you thought, and if you agree with my review.