When you think of the words “milk” and “honey,” what comes to mind? Probably the sweet poetic sensation Rupi Kaur. Her first book Milk and Honey broke the internet and The New York Times best sellers list for 78 weeks in a row. It’s one of our favorite poetry collections that makes us feel every feeling (all of them).
Now, Kaur is back with The Sun and Her Flowers, a brand new collection — which just debuted at #1 on the very same list. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the feminist poet opened up about traumatic experiences such as domestic violence. And her honesty is one of the reasons we admire her so much.
“Sometimes you write a piece, maybe it’s about domestic violence, and you put it out into the world and you feel really, really naked,” Kaur told EW. “You start to doubt yourself a little bit. But when somebody reaches out and they tell you that this piece meant so much or that it’s helped them, then you feel good about it.”
After the success of Milk and Honey, the response from fans was extraordinary.
In an attempt to connect with them, Kaur began to try and respond to all the fan mail she received on Instagram, but it came with a price of peace.
Kaur connects with her fans on social media when she can, though she recognizes the importance of professional support when it comes to traumatic experiences and pain.
Social media is so embedded into our everyday lives, it’s hard to disconnect from it and connect with ourselves. Kaur understands the power of being in tune with yourself and not allowing social media to consume you. She doesn’t even have social media on her phone.
Then, Kaur explained why she thinks she’s so influential on social media.
We couldn’t agree more. You can purchase a copy of The Sun and Her Flowers here.