Review: Home Body

Review: Home Body

Title: Home Body

Author: Rupi Kaur

Published: 17 November 2020

Format: Paperback, library book

Memorable Quote:

“make it a point
to love yourself
as fiercely as you do other people

– commitment”

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.

Review:

As always, I appreciate and respect Kaur for sharing her experiences so openly through her writing. Many passages in this installment of poems were difficult to read because they stemmed from trauma, but I am sure they required a great deal of energy and courage for her to write.

I will admit that this time the writing felt less like poetry and more like vague thoughts. However, I am not here to debate on what poetry is, I consider it to be pretty subjective, but my opinion this time around is that the poems really didn’t feel like poems to me. That does not take away from the beauty and thought that went into the writing.

On one hand, I like that she kept things from being overly explained because as a reader, it allowed me to think deeply about what she was writing. On the other hand, I do wish there was a little more to some of the writing, as the vague nature to it made some of the poems feel incomplete.

However, when I closed the book, I felt a strong reminder that I was not alone in the world. I think Kaur does a fine job of bringing a sense of unity to her writing. All in all, I enjoyed the book and the messages that it provided.

4 thoughts on “Review: Home Body

  1. I have never really enjoyed Kaur’s poetry to be honest, because then we would be knee deep into debates on what makes a poem lol, but your review makes a lot of sense. It pretty much summarizes why I’ve stopped reading her really well.

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