Sunday, February 24, 2019

Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur 

The artist I have chosen is Rupi Kaur. I am extremely inspired by her poetry and every time I read her books I feel as though she is taking the words from my mouth that I didn’t even know I wanted to say. She is only 26 years old and is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She was 22 when she published her first book of poetry, Milk and Honey, in 2014. Since then she has published one other book called The Sun and Her Flowers in 2017. Kaur travels all over the world and reads the poems from her books to huge audiences. Milk and Honey is about surviving sexual assault and her very personal life story as a 21-year-old. There are four sections in Milk and Honey: “the hurting”, “the loving”, “the breaking”, and “the healing”. Each page of her books contains a poem and on most of the pages there are also sketches that she hand-drew to match the poem on that page. In both of her books everything is lowercase, which is a style I find really neat and I usually tend to text in all lowercase. She is inspiring young girls and women to love themselves and break down the walls society puts up. 

As a 21-year-old I am blown away by her accomplishments at such a young age. I find her so inspiring because she was able to turn the trauma and darkest times of her life into something so beautiful, and she is sharing her struggle and healing process with the rest of the world so they also hopefully find healing and strength by seeing the example she sets. She is a feminist and most of her poems are empowering women to love themselves. I want to heal from my own struggles by making art and creating something beautiful from the pain I have experienced just like she has, and that is why I chose to write a blog post about Rupi Kaur. I hope everyone will take some time and check out her poems and see how talented she is. 

This is Rupi Kaur's website that gives a brief description of who she is. There are also other tabs that give more information about her books and her story as a poet. Under the art direction tab, you can find some of the photography photos she has directed and taken that is incredible. 

This is Rupi Kaur's Instagram where she posts pictures of her poems, and also beautiful self-portraits that many amazing photographers have taken.

This is a Ted Talk that Rupi Kaur did and it is called I'm Taking My Body Back. In this Ted Talk she uses poetry and narrative to tell her story and her journey as a poet.