Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: love, relationships, heartbreak, diversity, equality.
Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
Ooooh you guys, if you haven’t read this poetry by Kaur, you are missing out! I had seen this all over bookstagram, and wasn’t sure if I should believe in all the hype, but Milk and Honey is certainly worth reading. I snagged it on Kindle, and I will definitely be finding myself a hard copy.
Kaur’s compilation of poetry is broken down into four parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. Each section is equally sensual, honest, and powerful, yet has it’s own tone that reflects the title part it resides in. The imagery is aided with simplistic illustrations that either represent the poem, or are actually part of the poem. I love that as I’m a visual person, and I found the artistry two-fold. Not only can Kaur stun you with her words, but she can also stun with her drawings- impressive in my book (no pun intended).
Themes within the poems include relationships, loss, abuse, love, encouragement, and healing. I found the format interesting- each poem is written in small caps with no punctuation or capitalization, but italics are used for specific emphasis. Also, each poem is written out, then, signature style, signed with a title at the end as either as a dedication or sort of summary of the poem. There are also some really steamy poems, so be ready to blush! It’s hard to choose a favorite poem because they’re all lovely in their own way. If I had to pick a top three, I really loved women of color, to the reader, and the one about apologizing for calling women pretty.
It’s an entirely beautiful collection that I’ll be adding to my personal library, and I’ll certainly be looking to pick up more books from her. I highly recommend you read it as well. Again, I hope I’ve done justice reviewing this collection!
TL/DR: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry about relationships, love, heartbreak, and diversity.
Read it? YES. It’s so powerful but quick to read.
Recommend it? Yes, to those who enjoy poetry.
Buy it? Definitely, if you’re into poetry, add this to your collection.
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