Home Body – By Rupi Kaur

Goodreads Synopsis: Rupi Kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self. home body is 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.

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

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It had been several years since I read Rupi Kaur’s other work, so I decided to pick up this book the other day and see what she was writing about now. Kaur is a poet that I have gone back and forth about for a while. I’ve enjoyed a few of her poems, and in general like that she has caused a renewal of interest in poetry. But I could never really make up my mind what exactly I thought about her poems, and now I think I finally have my answer.

I feel a bit harsh making this book the one that I have a decision on. Since Kaur tries to explore some really good topics in Home Body. She talks about sexual assault, abusive relationships, self-worth, and other topics that I believe need to be talked about and explored. The problem is with her writing. Everything about her poems was too short. I’ve always felt like Kaur skims the surface in her poetry, dipping her toes gently into a topic instead of diving in and genuinely exploring. Kaur is occasionally profound, but mostly unfinished. It felt like she wanted to talk about too much like she was in a rush to get from this buzzword to the next. Where is her depth? How is it she wrote an entire book about her self in such vague terms? Her poems needed to be longer, she needed to sit with her topics longer, to probe and get to the heart of them.

The more I think about this, the more I think this is how her work has always been (though I don’t plan on changing any of my previous reviews unless I also go back and read the books). Kaur has a few lines or a few poems that are startling and evocative. They get shared around and suddenly it seems like maybe all of her work has these same qualities, but they don’t. She feels like a poet who despite having three books published, is still trying to find her voice. I think maybe the pressure to keep being a best seller has got to her in this last book, and it’s taken the veil off of my eyes.

So despite the topics in Home Body there is no impact and sadly I have given this book 2 stars on Goodreads.

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3 comments

  1. I agree with unfinished, like there are some good ideas, but perhaps they could be expanded on more? I haven’t read this one yet, although I have read her other 2 books.

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