milk and honey
By: Rupi Kaur
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
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.
Towards the end of summer I hit a bit of a low, and part of the low was being in the mood for some poetry. I had already read all of the poetry books on my TBR pile and wasn’t entirely in the mood to re-read what was on my shelf; I wanted some contemporary poetry for a change. I had been seeing this book around a lot over the summer that I finally decided to check it out for myself. Very cool tidbit bonus: she’s based here in Toronto! But anywho…
Wow, this book, I can see why it’s been getting so much buzz, it’s very well-deserved. Her words are raw and honest and relatable, conveying to the reader her thoughts and feelings, the hurt and the lessons she learned along the way. Her poetry ranges from two pages to a few lines–I personally found the shorter ones especially profound just because of the way they linger (case in point: “letter to my future lover”), leaves you filling in the blanks a bit–accompanied by some minimalist artwork. I tried to read this book as slowly as I could to savour each poem but it’s such a quick read and I just devoured every poem along the way. The themes that she tackles are wide-ranging, eye-opening, liberating.
All of the poems included in this collection were interesting and wonderful in their own way but of course I had a few favourites. This was one of them:
I really don’t know what else to say about this collection. Highly, highly recommended, whether you read poetry or not.