Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
milk and honey is a new york times bestseller. it is rupi kaur’s debut collection of poetry and prose. it was first self published in november 2014. the self published edition quickly became a bestseller as it topped north american charts. its grassroots success lead to andrews mcmeel publishing releasing it under their name on october 6 2015.
‘milk and honey’ is the experience of violence. abuse. love. loss. femininity. the book is divided into four chapters. 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.
Sometimes, words tend to understand you better than people. They give you warmth and comfort in the midst of seemingly unending cold. That is exactly how the words in this book made me feel. Rupi Kaur’s debut Milk and Honey is a collection of poems that I have read and re-read throughout this past year. So I thought I would finally write my views on it. I admired the poetry written by Rupi Kaur for over a year before I bought this book. I was apprehensive about reading it at first because I wasn’t sure if it will live up to all this expectation built up in my head. It is safe to say that the book came through and how. Once I began this book I could not put it down. I stopped only when I was done with it.
There is nothing fancy or made up about the poems. They are real, they are honest and they talk about things we have all been through. The pain, the love, the heartache, and the healing, all feels raw and real. Difficult and sensitive topics have been dealt with poise and unabashed honesty. This collection conveys emotions I never had the words to articulate. The author uses simple words to bring to life complex emotions.
The writing style is really personal in the way that it feels like she is there with you, reciting her poetry. It feels like she is talking to you about her day, about her life, and her experiences. Through the course of this book, you get to see her worldview. And it is a worldview that will make you look at your world differently. Well, at least, it made me see things in a different light.
Poems in Milk and Honey break your heart but slowly and surely mend it as well. It is a must-read!
My Favourite Quotes:
- Losing you was the becoming of myself.
- You must never trade honesty for relatability.
- You belong only to yourself.
- Do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you.
- You were born with the strength to rise.
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