Rupi Kaur

Literary Birthday – 5 October – Rupi Kaur

Happy Birthday, Rupi Kaur, born 5 October 1992.


  1. Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.
  2. The topics just kind of come to me. If they are relevant, it’s because they’re happening in the world around me, and it’s affecting me. Poetry is my way of dealing with it.
  3. The thing about writing is I can’t tell if it’s healing or destroying.
  4. Feeling ‘ugly’ or ‘unattractive’ seeps into your life like poison, and it affects everything. Feeling worthless does the same. We internalise these limitations, and it takes an internal revolution to get rid of them.
  5. Really, at the end of the day, the only thing you can control is yourself; the only person you can truly educate is yourself. You have to redefine what beauty is to you so you can’t be affected by what people are saying.
  6. Truth, honesty, empowerment – it’s what I want for myself and my readers.
  7. I was always writing for myself. I wrote what I needed to write and hear – that’s what makes it powerful.

Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet, writer, illustrator and performer of Indian descent. Her book of poetry and prose, milk and honey, which deals with themes of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity, has sold more than a million copies. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestsellers list. Her long awaited second collection, the sun and her flowers, has just been released. Follow her on Twitter.

Source for image:

Baljit Singh, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 5th October 2017