This is a collection of poetry about survival in which rupi kaur, the author writes about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. It is split into four chapters which are really more like sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. I love this idea by the way, there’s something it adds to your experience. Let me just put it out there now, that this is my favorite poetry collection right now. It’s honest, relatable, vulnerable and there’s actual good writing! She is a fantastic writer. Also, the book features related drawings on each page which I found quite creative. If I had to pick quotes, I would probably just scan the entire book, you guys. But I have decided to pick just ten quotes!
First, here’s her ‘forward’
my heart woke me crying last night how can I help my heart said write the book
Her style of writing is lovely. I felt like her voice was so soothing, maybe its the fact that the entire book was written in lower case. Yes, guys, every single word.
you were so afraid of my voice i decided to be afraid of it too
my father scooped me into his tree trunk arms and said the closest thing to god on this earth is a woman’s body its where life comes from
it’ll be love at first remembrance cause i’ve seen you in my mother’s eyes when she tells me to marry the type of man i’d want to raise my son to be like
love will play no games because love knows life has been hard enough already
you were so distant i forgot you were there at all
don’t mistake salt for sugar if he wants to be with you he will its that simple
you mustn’t have to make him want you he must want you himself
i am not a hotel room i am home i am not the whisky you want i am the water you need
the thing worth holding on to would not have let go
i wanted to stay but staying felt too lonely
i will not have you build me into your life when what i want is to build a life with you.
people go but how they left always stays
fall in love with your solitude
it takes grace to remain kind in cruel situations
to be soft is to be powerful
if the hurt comes, so will the happiness
how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you
I loved so many quotes! But I have exercised self control and only shown but a few. Buy this book! It is worth every single dollar! Ladies and gentlemen, stay woke and getcho lives!
I give this book 5 stars (duh).
Till soon, Afoma x