Check this out! Emma Watson shared her July-August book recommendation－Rupi Kaur’s poetry book Milk and Honey－on Our Shared Shelf and acknowledged Kaur’s effort of performing audacious feminist thoughts via instagram-framed poetry.
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Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet, writer, illustrator, performer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and a rising star in the interdisciplinary field of art, literature, and performance after publishing two collections of poetry: Milk and Honey (2014) and The Sun and Her Flowers (2017).
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Milk and Honey is a book about survival with four chapters regarding the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, healing, self-care, and femininity. The poems, along with their accompanying illustrations, are easily readable and enjoyable while the messages behind them are far more than you could digest at the first glance. Here’s how Emma Watson beautifully introduced the poetry:
Unlike poems I have often spent weeks unraveling, Rupi’s poems are not designed to obscure meaning or entertain too much ambiguity － they hit you like punches to the stomach. They are immediate, visceral and not easily digested. I am loathe to say Rupi has made poetry “accessible” because while this is the truth (Rupi’s poems and illustrations fit well into those famously square shaped Instagram frames), there is nothing easy or accessible about what Rupi chooses to talk about. In fact, the topics she chooses, are audacious.
Emma Watson also shared her favorite section in the book－”Healing”－with her comment that Kaur bravely and generously demonstrates the leadership as a woman in her own life, which gave her a “new language.”
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If you’re interested in reading more about Rupi Kaur’s art/poetry/performance, pick up a copy. There’s a discussion board on Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf where you (and I, absolutely) should share thoughts and comments!
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