Author: Rupi Kaur Series: Standalone Genre: Poetry Release Date: 2014 Book Length: 204 pages Publisher: Createspace Review: 2.5/5
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.
I liked this for the most part, I truly did, but I read it to try to get out of a reading slump and it didn’t really work. Also, can we all just agree that putting spaces randomly after words doesn’t make things deeper?! I feel like the format took away from me liking this as much as I could have because it felt like it was trying too hard to be poetic.
For me to enjoy a collection of poems, I kind of need to feel gut wrenched about it. Although I didn’t really feel that way with this, some of them were still beautiful. I liked how the collection was split up into sections about hurting, loving, breaking, and healing but I felt that there was a little bit of a disconnect in terms of the flow of things. Like, a poem would end and another would begin and it kind of felt like I was putting together a puzzle and forcing the pieces to fit? I don’t know how else to describe it.
It’s really hard to rate these types of books because they are someone’s feelings on paper, and who am I to say that a person hasn’t articulated them effectively enough for me? However, based on the fact that I’ve had experiences with other work like this that have actually made my stomach drop/cry, I think a 2/2.5 star rating is the most honest I can say I felt about this.
One of my favourite poems in the collection:
i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut.