“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 Body” is Rupi Kaur’s latest long-awaited poem-exclusive book, published in 2020. The author commonly touches on themes related to growth, and in this piece, Rupi takes readers to join her on a journey through the past, the present, and the potential future. In a collection of honest conversations with oneself, “Home Body” contains opposing and complementing themes like nature and nurture, light and dark. This masterpiece illustrated by Rupi reflects on life aspects such as womanhood, love, acceptance, family, community, heartbreak, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration, and changes.
Rupi’s third book debuted #1 on several bestsellers lists across the world, including the New York Times, in which it stayed for several weeks. Its content is raw and real, which facilitates keeping readers captivated as they connect and identify themselves with the author’s words. “Home Body” is a very dynamic piece of work filled with multiple layers. Divided into 4 sections – mind, heart, rest, and awake – this book focuses on topics previously tackled in Rupi’s antecedent books like anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, hope, and self-love/hate.
In “Home Body”, Rupi opens her heart to a different level, as she exposes her sadness and the darkness surrounding her in her search for self-awareness and happiness. Readers can accompany the author’s growth and maturity throughout the sections in this piece due to the extreme honesty put in it. Poems in this collection are most times minimalist and adorned with beautiful line sketches. Rupi talks about 3 main concepts of the being: self, mind, and body. By touching on this subject, the book embraces the author’s – and maybe also the reader’s – feeling of not belonging to her own body.
Rupi Kaur is an Indian writer who immigrated to Toronto, Canada along with her parents at age 4. She is the contemporary poet and author of 2 other books, the self-published “Milk And Honey” (2015), and “The Sun And Her Flowers” (2017), which were translated into over 42 languages and sold about 8 million copies. Inspired by her mom, she learned to draw and paint, talents she commonly shares with readers over the pages of her masterpieces. She is also known as “Instapoet” since her career debuted from her posts with short poems and illustrations over social media platforms. Rupi feels more at ease when creating art and performing her poetry on stage. The feminist author is the Executive Producer and the star in her first film, launched in 2021, “Rupi Kaur Live”, currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
“Home Body” is much more than simply a revealing book. It is a necessary reflection on important aspects of life. Definitely worth reading, the pages of this piece will turn in the blink of an eye. Make sure to check this out!
Published by HOLR Magazine.