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Introducing Rupi Kaur’s Home Body

Rupi Kaur popularized poetry with her simple yet empowering poetry in her book Milk and Honey. She followed up with The Sun and Her Flowers and now, finally, her third collection is here. The Amazon description describes Home Body as “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”.

With quarantine continuing, now is a time everyone is facing themselves a bit more than usual. Perhaps now is the perfect time for people to find a home within their body. Kaur wrote on Instagram when announcing her book that Home Body is “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.”

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On Kaur’s official website Home Body is expressed as “a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self.” A snippet of a poem reads 

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

For a time where everyone feels more alone, hopefully this book will bring readers a sense of calm and peace within themselves. Poetry is a form of self-expression that allows you to bloom. One of its gifts is the way we can often see ourselves clearly even in the words of another’s words. Poets like Kaur allow us to connect to her, to fellow readers, and most of all—the greatest gift of poetry—allow us to connect better with ourselves.

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Grace Hasson is a dedicated writer and poet. She is studying English literature and music at American University. She is a part of the class of 2022.
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