Book Reviews

review; milk and honey

Title: Milk And Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre: Poetry
Type: E-book
Publisher: Createspace

‘Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. 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. 

Some of the poems seemed more impactful on Instagram than when I was reading the ebook. The formatting of the copy I got from the online library seemed a bit off, and that may have taken away from my ability to fully connect with her poetry.

There is a bluntness to the poems that works for some people, but for me, it was a hit and miss. Some poems clicked with me, but overall the stream of consciousness of the poetry did not gel with me. I think a little less of the in your face-ness of the poetry might have been better for me, but I understand why people enjoy her poetry.

She holds no bars, holds nothing back – she tells it as she sees it, and for some people, it is what they need. It did not work for me as a whole however, which was a little disappointing as I had rather high expectations. I think I will stick with seeing her poems on Instagram rather than reading the rest of her novels.

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.

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