Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

4.5/5

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Goodreads blurb: 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.

 

you tell me to quiet down cause

my opinions make me less beautiful

but i was not made with fire in my belly

so i could be put out

i was not made with a lightness on my tongue

so I could be easy to swallow

i was made heavy

half blade and half silk

difficult to forget and not easy

for the mind to follow – from Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

 

I first (properly) read poetry when I started uni and I hated it. Immensely. I had to read it for a unit and struggled because I couldn’t connect to anything I was reading. The poetry was mostly of the Old Dead White Guy (ODWG) variety, and I was only reading it because I had to.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is one of the first poetry books I’ve read, and I enjoyed it immensely. It’s such a departure from what I’m used to reading because reading it is not a chore. One of the best things about Milk and Honey is easy to read. The poems are short, and this makes them accessible to a wider audience. Despite the length, the poems pack an emotional punch. Kaur takes you through a journey from start to finish and by the end, you’re an emotional wreck. The book is split into four parts which take us from the traumatising parts of her childhood, through to her getting together with, then breaking up and getting over a partner. It’s the parts that bookend the novel (i.e. the first and last parts) that I truly connect with and that I’ve already reread despite only recently getting the novel. The last part resonated with me the most because it was the part that felt like she was truly speaking to the reader, to me, and saying that everything is going to be okay. I think this is something everyone deserves to hear.

 

i know it’s hard

believe me

i know it feels like

tomorrow will never come

and today will be the most

difficult day to get through

but i swear you will get through

the hurt will pass

as it always does

if you give it time and

let it so let it

go

slowly

like a broken promise

let it go – from Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

 

I highly recommend Milk and Honey to first-time readers of poetry or those who are only used to poetry of the ODWG variety. You’ll love Milk and Honey, and then you’ll want to read it all over again.

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