Publication Date: October 6th 2015 (first published November 4th 2014)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Genres: Poetry, Feminism
Part of Series? No
Goodreads Blurb: Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The book is divided 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.
I read this composition way back in February this year. This was my first attempt in reading the genre- Poetry, and to my expectations, it did surprise me. Though it was a quick read and I finished it within an hour, it was just BEAUTIFUL.
I had read other reviews about this book and I can understand why some people have a different opinion on this. Probably they have read too mean poetry and thus expected it to be something different. But for me, as a reader of poetry for the first time (obviously after school 😛 ), it was wonderful.
This was my first modern poetry so it was little different than I expected the poetry to be. Different in terms of writing, as compared to what we used to read in our childhood. I thought that it would be like having rhyming words at the end of each sentence. A particular subject will be chosen and the poet will try to showcase his/her feelings through rhyming words. But to my surprise, I think the poetry nowadays has changed a lot. Rather than focusing on the rhyming words, they just try to put their thoughts in the form of few short sentences. But whatever the way is, it should capture the attention of readers in the best way possible, and that’s exactly Milk and Honey did.
i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut
The book is divided into four parts: “the hurting“, “the loving“, “the breaking” and “the healing“. The author tried to connect with the readers during each stage by showcasing the true feelings that one feels during the heartbreaks and the healing process. Out of all the four sections, the second one- “the loving” was my least favorite(hence one star less), as some of those lines haven’t connected so well to me, as the other ones.
This collection also includes illustrations done by Rupi herself. The doodles are so wonderful and shareable. The writing is simple. It was not hard to understand what does the author wanted to express. You can easily connect to her. There are many lines which seem exactly as your feelings and thus can easily be your favorite, as you can relate easily with them.
The chapters are equally divided into two painful phases and two uplifting phases. This is a different kind of theme which I really liked. In my opinion, it depicts the two phases of life: happy and sad. The core thought of the author behind these verses, is that mishappenings can occur to anyone and we have no control over it. They simply can’t be predicted but we can surely fight them and can learn to live well. However, every bad day has an end and we can see the blessings being converted.
as you were designed
is a museum
of natural disasters
can you grasp how
stunning that is
Rupi Kaur brought all my feelings forward. She has included topics such as love, loss, trauma, femininity, heartbreak, healing. These topics are very strong to capture. She has perfectly addressed what it feels like to be broken, to be loved, and to be healed by all on your own.
I struggle so deeply to understand
how someone can
pour their entire soul, blood and energy
into someone without wanting anything in return
– I will have to wait till I’m a mother
Isn’t it just beautiful?
I would totally recommend this book to someone, who want to read some different kind of poetry or just wanted to start this genre. These poems will make your heart break and at the same time will make you happy. The poems are filled with positivity and self-love. Rupi Kaur really touched me deeply and I loved her refreshing style and hoping to read
more from her in future her new upcoming book soon.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: It’s raw and relatable. It has the power to break your heart and yet make you happy!
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