The Sun and Her Flow­ers

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

Rupi Kaur

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.

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