Review// Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur


Author: Rupi Kaur
Series: Standalone
Genre: Poetry
Release Date: 2014
Book Length: 204 pages 
Publisher: Createspace
Review: 2.5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

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.


17 thoughts on “Review// Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

  1. I’m glad I’m seeing other reviewers who didn’t rate this because Rupi Kaur’s poetry is so beloved but I just don’t see the poetry in it? Random spaces ≠ deep meaning.

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    • I was honestly shocked that I felt so little for it because it has such high reviews and praise everywhere! I didn’t see it either, I think if she focused more on the message and less on trying to make it soooo poetry-looking, I would have been able to connect with it better

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  2. I think the book deals with important issues but to call it a poem and printing a stanza on a page (wasting papers) is a little wrong. Maybe I’ll never understand modern poetry!

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    • I completely agree with you! Like the topics are heavy and very important to talk about. However, the manner in which it was conveyed felt a little tacky? I feel awful saying it because of the subject matter, but that’s how I felt! 😦


  3. I liked this collection, because when I first read it, it had just achieved sucess and I could see how appealing the illustrations and minimal poems would be to a younger and broader audience than poems usually reach. I’ve read more of these type poetry collections since, and not found them particularly interesting. Recently I’ve heard it refered to as “instagram poetry”, which to me made the format and creation make more sense

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    • Yeah I had read a lot of really great things about it, especially when it first came out, so I was very excited to get to it finally. I’ve never heard it described as Instagram poetry but I can totally see how it is!! The illustrations were beautiful, and I completely respect the author for being so open about such serious topics! I’m glad you enjoyed 🙂

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