Rupi Kaur poetry books become more common

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Rupi Kaur poetry books become more common

Megan Greenup reads an emotional poetry book.

Megan Greenup reads an emotional poetry book.

Lily Hindenlang

Megan Greenup reads an emotional poetry book.

Lily Hindenlang

Lily Hindenlang

Megan Greenup reads an emotional poetry book.

Lily Hindenlang, Staff Writer

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In the last few years, poetry books have become more common for teens and young adults; more specifically, the books with the author name of Rupi Kaur are very popular.

Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet, writer, illustrator, and performer. Her career was taking off throughout high school when she shared her writing anonymously. Laer, she began adding her work under her own name on Tumblr. In 2014, she took her writing to Instagram and began adding simple illustrations. Over the years, her followers grew and this led to her first book, Milk and Honey.

After her first publishing, she was considered an instant poet, writer, and illustrator. Deriving from the Gurmukhi script, which is used by Indian Punjabis to basically write the Punjabi language, her work is written solely in lowercase, using only the period as a form of punctuation. Common themes found throughout her works include, love, self care, heartbreak, femininity, and many others. She has sold over 1.5 million copies and they have been translated into over thirty different languages.

The Sun and Her Flowers is Kaur’s second set of poetry books. She published The Sun and Her Flowers Oct. 3, 2017, and has sold over one million copies and won the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Poetry in 2017. The book is divided into five sections showing the life cycle of a flower, hence the title. The titles include: Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising, and Blooming. The following chapters focuses on themes of loss, trauma, abuse, healing, love, the body, and femininity.

Overall, Kaur started off her career by not even adding her name to her heartfelt poems, and has since sold over one million copies. Many look forward to seeing her next move in the publishing industry.