BOOK REVIEW | milk and honey by rupi kaur

December 21, 2016

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. - Goodreads

My Thoughts
If you know me, you know that I don't usually read poetry. Whenever I was forced to read it in class, I found it hard to understand and boring most of the time. But after seeing milk and honey plastered all across my instagram, youtube, and twitter feed, AND seeing so many of my favorite youtubers recommend it, I knew I had to check it. Give it a chance you know?

I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I found myself flipping page after page, excited for what's next. Just like the synopsis said the book is split into four parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. As far as which one was my favorite, it's between the breaking and the healing. A lot of the poetry dealt with relationships and boys, and although I'm not very experienced in those areas (lmao), I couldn't help but be drawn to those the most.

I would most definitely say that this collection of poetry is explicit at times, but it's art. It's not something that should be looked at differently because it talks about sex and rape. I admire the vulnerability and intimacy that Kaur shared with her readers. Not every one can take painful experiences and make something out of it. This book can heal so many people who have experienced some of the things she's gone through, and I highly recommend it for anyone going through a tough time.

With all the amazing parts in this book, there were some poems that felt a little bland to me. Like I said, I'm not a huge poetry geek, but I do like to see some depth, and some of Kaur's poems lacked that. But hey. Maybe the simplicity will excite some of you. 

Speaking of simplicity, I loved the whole structure and look of Kaur's poems. Their all in lowercase letters and contain no punctuation. At first, this was a little hard for me to read because I'm so use to reading commas and periods and uppercase letters, but once I got the hang of it, the style of writing grew on me. I like how it allows the reader to solely focus on Kaur's writing and message. The only context was her writing; no distractions. 

All in all, I loved this book of poetry. I marked so many poems throughout the book, which you'll see a few in some of the pictures I share. I'll definitely pick up more poetry books after this one. Who knew I'd actually like poetry haha.

Have you read milk and honey? What are some of your favorite poems? Any poetry book recommendations? 

Until next time, 


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