Poet Rupi Kaur will appear at public event in Burnaby with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

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      A Canadian poet whose first anthology sold more than 2.5 million copies will give the NDP campaign a boost in Burnaby South.

      Rupi Kaur's milk and honey was translated into 25 languages, and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 77 weeks.

      She has 3.7 million followers on Instagam.

      The Toronto-based poet will join NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in conversation at the Crystal Ballroom in the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown hotel at noon.

      In 2017, Georgia Straight contributor Jagdeesh Mann suggested that "Broken English" was perhaps Kaur's finest poem. It was written as a tribute to her immigrant mother.

      It includes these lines: "So how dare you mock your mother when she opens her mouth and broken English spills out. Her accent is thick like honey, hold it with our life, it's the only thing she has left from home."

      That year, Kaur spoke to a full house at the Orpheum Theatre as she was touring to promote her second book, the sun and her flowers.

      Rupi Kaur

      Her most famous poem may be "period.", which includes a photo series that shatters taboos about menstruation.

      It includes these lines: "in older civilizations this blood was considered holy. in some it still is. but a majority of people. societies. and communities shun this natural process." 

      Rupi Kaur

      Instagram deleted the photos twice for violating its community guidelines, which prompted this reply.

      "I will not apologise for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be ok with a small leak when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified, pornified, and treated less than human.”

      In this response, she also wrote of her period: "I have been hospitalised many times because of issues associated with my period. I have been suffering from a sickness related to my period. And ever since I have been working so hard to love it. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Even thought it’s given me so much pain in the past few years. and they want to tell me I should be quiet about this. That all of this we experience collectively does not need to be seen. Just felt secretly behind closed doors. That’s why this is important. Because when I first got my period my mother was sad and worried. And they want to censor all that pain." 

      Through this work, Kaur provoked a worldwide discussion of menstruation and within a few years, free menstrual products were being provided in many local schools.

      Kaur often writes in lower-case letters and uses periods in her poems.

      This is a way of honouring her culture because traditional Gurmukhi script, which is the basis for official Punjabi in the Indian state of Punjab, appears this way.

      Watch Rupi Kaur's TEDx talk, "I'm Taking My Body Back", which was recorded in 2016.