Home Body

Home Body

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey and the sun and her flowers comes her greatly anticipated third collection of poetry.

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 dive into the well of my body
and end up in another world
everything i need
already exists in me
there's no need
to look anywhere else
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Simon and Schuster Canada,, 2020
ISBN: 9781501175305
Branch Call Number: 819.1 KAU 2020
Characteristics: 192 pages: 19 cm
Alternative Title: Homebody


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Feb 24, 2021

I bought this book on the day it became available but lent it to my sister to read first. Overall, I did not enjoy this as much as I loved The Sun and Her Flowers but thought it was better than Milk and Honey. ⁣

As a young woman of color, immigrant to Canada and writer(or writer-wannabe), I have always resonated with Kaur’s poems on an intimate level. Her themes are broad, covering everything from love to femininity to growth to the immigrant experience. ⁣

Some of my favorites from this collection include “Productivity Anxiety” (88-90), something I suffer from myself and was impressed that she could verbalize so precisely. Another one is “Inspiration” (118) in which she sees the writer as a vessel through which the universe will dictate its magic.⁣

However, I also found many of the poems in this collection bland and repetitive, almost aphoristic cliches. Some of the one-liners were also not as impactful as they should have been, considering they occupied whole pages in a thin volume. ⁣

But I feel the untitled poem on page 23 too much to be harsh on her. My biggest fear is also to “never write anything worth reading” and I cannot imagine the immense pressure she must be under after coming to fame at such a young age. ⁣

People nowadays expect an arithmetic growth in success, whether it takes the form of output, wealth or others, but for artists who obtain those things when they’re very young, it is only too easy to imagine them haunted by the urgings of even more productivity and losing the patience to wait for “the universe [to] use [them as the vessels of magic] again.”

ArapahoeStaff29 Feb 12, 2021

Intimate and uncompromising, Kaur's latest poetry collection takes you on a journey of growth, through despair to self acceptance, in such an accessible and affecting way. Even if you are not usually a reader of poetry you should pick this up.

Jan 28, 2021

Some of the poems will not talk to you but the ones which do lead you into a moment of grace and profound understanding of yourself. Pure poetry, complexity in simplicity .

debwalker Sep 19, 2020

From the Canadian who got us reading poetry again.

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