Review: Home Body
Title: Home Body
Author: Rupi Kaur
Published: 17 November 2020
Format: Paperback, library book
“make it a point
to love yourself
as fiercely as you do other people
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.
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.