Rupi Kaur has published two books: 2015’s Milk and Honey, 2017’s The Sun and Her Flowers. Her epigrammatic verse is spare, the offspring of classical aphorism (if you’re feeling generous) and the language of self-help. The poems have a confessional, earnest manner; disarmingly full of feeling, they can be easy to dismiss. Nevertheless, Rupi Kaur, a Canadian poet who is not yet 30 years old, is the writer of the decade.
Kaur’s writing is not itself to my taste. She writes, in “the breaking”:
did you think i was a city
big enough for a weekend getaway
i am the town surrounding it
the one you’ve never heard of
but always pass through
Beyond the affectation of the lowercase letters, I find the metaphor impenetrable—the speaker is … a suburb? Further, I’m not an especial fan of the line drawings (they look like outsider art) that often accompany her poetry.