UO INTERVIEWS: RUPI KAUROctober 23, 2017
Ahead of the release of Rupi Kaur’s new book, the sun and her flowers, we sit down with the bestselling author to answer questions from her fans – from her inspirations to insecurities, she bares all.
Photos by Anna Ottum
Does it feel real to have become such an international phenomenon?
Absolutely it does not feel real, at all. I still write the same way that I used to. I’m alone in my room hanging out by myself most of the time so it’s beyond me that my poetry has reached all the places that it has.
Someone says, “I used to be able to write and I can no longer find the inspiration.” Do you have any advice for them?
I felt the same way. It’s super terrifying. Just showing up every day and writing, over and over and over again, and eventually you get through all the stuff you don’t like.
Any advice for young poets starting off and trying to find their own style?
Writing is like a muscle. When you use a muscle often, it gets stronger and stronger. The poems that come when you’re just sitting down and an idea pops up… I wish I had more of those moments.
What inspired you to keep going when things got difficult?
I think people. Conversations and people. Family and friends just really help me feel inspired. It keeps going. People ask me “Did you always know you were a writer?” And the answer is no, it’s been hours and hours and years of working on this path. It’s not always going to be a straight line.
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