The Sun and Her Flowers
Simon & Schuster, 256 pages, €11.99
Dubbed as the poet of the Instagram age, the 24-year-old Canadian-Indian’s first anthology, Milk and Honey, was enormously popular — shifting more than 1.4 million copies. That’s enormous for a first-time author and practically unheard of for a poet who came from nowhere, but built up a large following on social media.
This follow-up — dubbed by Kaur as a “sibling text” — explores similar themes. There are poems about love, loss and femininity and also about immigration, refugees and the business of living in the US when Donald Trump is in the White House. Quite what dedicated poetry lovers will make of it is another matter, but Kaur’s massive Instagram following are likely to lap up her simple, aspirational and somewhat sloganeering verse.