The time has come once again for me to share my updated wishlist for the months of December and January. I’ve kept it light this time around as the festive and new year season has no doubt put a dent in our bank accounts and limited the amount of reasonable gift requests we could possibly make!
This edition features two creators I’ve been a faithful believer in for quite some time, dating back to my introduction to the world of free writing and poetry. I can say without a doubt that Rupi Kaur and Morgan Harper Nichols are not just artists of today- the resonance of their curated collections will have a resounding effect on and speak to future generations in ways both subtle and grand. Beyond this, they are women of colour, still too often repressed and overlooked. As we shed the layers of our ignorance and further educate ourselves on the experience of all women, let’s revel in and share the strength they continue to demonstrate.
Pictured here is Morgan Harper Nichols Affirmation Mug + Poetry Book Storyteller. Also featured is Rupi Kaur’s Poetry Book Homebody.
While I’ve never been a fan of buying merch, I’ll stray from this and gladly pick up a copy of Morgan Harper Nichols latest book Storyteller. I’ve been enraptured with her literary and visual works since I first laid eyes on her debut poetry collection, All Along You Were Blooming. Her works of art were the soundtracks to some of the happiest and saddest days of my life. They comforted me when I felt low and served as a reminder that there will be days ahead where I’ll find myself feeling like I have it all figured out. That’s necessary to remain hopeful, of course. Morgan has been likened to a Prophetess and I must say I agree. Naturally, I wanted a piece of her talent to remain within arms reach of me at all times. All Along You Were Blooming has become my favourite nightstand book. You could say it has found its forever home. Of late, I’ve also discovered my love for mugs and have begun a collection. It’s still quite humble but growing rapidly, as is my newfound love for herbal teas. Slap a non cliche message of encouragement on and I’m convinced my day will begin on a positive note. Morgan’s online shop offers a variety of beautiful homewares, desk items, apparel, wall art and more.
In case you’re unfamiliar with this lovely lady, she’s an Instagram poet and creative who has centred her life around the stories of others. Her books are a graceful and eloquent response to the personal stories submitted by her friends and community. Her art is a soulful and organic expression of grace and hope, its backdrop found in the landscapes of life and all that makes it colourful. Her lyric tone and vibrant use of shape and colour is distinctive. Morgan has performed as a vocalist on several grammy nominated projects and written for various artists, one of whom is her dear sister, Jamie Grace. Morgan is an artist truly for the people. She is dedicated to giving back and showing collective society that the heights of extraordinary will never be out of reach or unrealistic. Morgan is often on the road creating, teaching, performing and spreading a unique inspirational message. She’s a native of Phoenix, Arizona.
For over a decade, many of the stories and poems I have written eventually turned into songs, and for that, I am grateful. Over the past year, much of what I have written has turned into letters: letters to people, their stories, and the seasons they are in. Even though I suppose, technically, what you will find in this book is considered poetry, I hope they read as letters: letters for people, places, things, seasons, years–letters for the story and for the storyteller. There are one hundred poem letters in this book. I share them with you because I believe you have a story to tell, and I hope these poem letters encourage you to keep telling it.
Rupi Kaur’s much anticipated third collection of poetry, preceded by Milk and Honey in twenty fourteen and The Sun and Her Flowers in twenty seventeen. She delicately embraces growth, walking her readers through a reflective and intimate journey of the past, the present, and the potential of oneself. Homebody is a collection of raw, honest conversations during times of solitude. It is a gentle reminder to a delicate and grieving society to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and to embrace the unpredictable nature of change. Themes of nature and nurture, light and dark, rest between her pages, an anthem to and acknowledgment of the human experience and spirit. Homebody is split into four sections, mind, heart, rest and awake. Her writing style invites you to look deeper within yourself and uncover a hidden truth. Her words come from a place of genuine self awareness and brute honestly. They can be uncomfortable to read and sit with but your heart finds comfort by the end.
Rupi Kaur was only twenty one, a university student, when she released her first book. She ran a show that was very much one man, acting not only as the writer but as an illustrator and publisher too. Across the board, her books have sold over eight million copies and have been translated into over forty languages. Boundaryless accessibility was always important to Rupi. Her work touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, politics, and migration. She feels most at home when creating art or performing her poetry onstage.
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