Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
Poetry is very personal.
The most celebrated poets may light your soul on fire. Or they may not speak to you at all. Reviewing poetry is a very personal experience as well, and you should never take a blogger or reviewer’s opinion on poetry as law. Read a poem by the poet in question. Find out if they make you come alive.
With that said, I have to be honest – I didn’t love Milk and Honey. Rupi Kaur is a highly celebrated modern, feminist poet. Her poetry reaches a lot of people. She’s raw and real. But the words didn’t reach me. And that’s okay, you know? The nice thing about poetry really is that things that don’t appeal to me are perfect for someone else!
There were a few poems that I thought were lovely, but mostly the subject matter was something I couldn’t relate to. And that’s okay too – the first section in particular is something I don’t want to relate to. I like her modern style and the brevity of most of her work.
I still recommend you give Rupi Kaur’s work a try – whether that’s Milk and Honey or another one of her books. You may find her poetry is exactly what you’re looking for. It just didn’t work for me.
Milk and Honey will be donated.
I’m glad I read this book, and it was a really quick read (I read this book in about an hour), but ultimately it’s not for me. I’m going to donate it to my local library, and pass it forward to someone who needs it more.