Rupi Kaur - Home Body

Updated: Mar 30


Rupi Kaur describes her poetry collection, Home Body, as a "love letter" to the self. "I began writing this book at a time I felt completely lost in both my inner and outer world. home body is about what broke my heart. And what put it back together" - Rupi Kaur.


Rupi 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 divided into four sections relating to the human body: "mind," "heart," "rest," and "awake." Each section portrays poems with illustrations drawn by Kaur, which are relevant to the pieces. I love how the poems connect to each section's theme--relating the ideas to how, as humans, we fall away from our true selves in our resting periods, lose our heart--maybe even lose our minds--but slowly awaken to a brighter future ahead of us.


 

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

 

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet, illustrator, photographer, and author. Born in Punjab, India, Kaur emigrated to Canada at a young age with her family. She began performing poetry in 2009. As a 21-year-old university student Rupi wrote, illustrated and self-published her first poetry collection Milk and Honey.


Next came its artistic sibling The sun and her flowers. These collections have sold over 8 million copies and have been translated into over 40 languages. Home Body is her third collection of poetry. Rupi’s work touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, and migration. She feels most at home when creating art or performing her poetry onstage.

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