It isn’t an overstatement to say that Indian-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur has changed the way many millennials and Generation Z-ers view (and buy) collections of poetry. Last month, BookNet Canada noted that Kaur’s latest collection “The Sun and Her Flowers” was a major reason why poetry sales in the country increased nearly 80 percent in 2017. The 25-year-old poet and artist’s blockbuster first collection, “Milk and Honey,” which launched her work into the mainstream also continues to sell incredibly well for a book that was first published in 2014.
But while Kaur has brought poetry to a new audience, it’s important to note that she isn’t the only poet of South Asian descent working today. We’ve rounded up three other poets whose emotional, critically-acclaimed poetry collections should also be on your radar.
“If They Come For Us“ by Fatimah Asghar
The co-creator of the much-beloved and Emmy-nominated web series “Brown Girls” is set to release her book “If They Come For Us“ in August. Asghar lost both of her parents as a young child and has often written about how growing up an orphan has affected the way she views the world. Her new poems reflect on her coming-of-age while exploring how loss, migration and defining one’s identity are universal experiences.
Pre-order your copy of Asghar’s book here.
“Registers of Illuminated Villages“ by Tarfia Faizullah
The second book by Bangladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizullah explores such themes as surviving violence, war, and processing grief. Faizullah’s latest collection takes its name from her poem “Register of Illuminated Villages,” which features two illuminated texts — one of which is a Quran that might possibly contain the speaker’s name and the other of which is a register of 397 villages destroyed in northern Iraq. Other poems ruminate on faith, doubt and recovering from the loss of a sibling.
You can purchase of copy of Registers of Illuminated Villages by heading here.
“Kith” by Divya Victor
The Singapore-based poet Divya Victor dives into what it means to be an exile in her 2017 book Kith. Through her poems, Victor shares stories of the Indian diasporic experience while also examining what multiculturalism truly looks like.
Order your copy today.