Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spoiler alert: I didn't love this as much as everyone did so there's that. I love the message, I really do. I just realized that this is not the poetry style I gravitate to. No, that's wrong, I kind of gravitate to it because it's everywhere? But it's not what makes this heart sing and/or curl up in a ball.

Milk and Honey
Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Date of Publication: October 6, 2015

The book is divided 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.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I had high hopes for this but did I read a completely different book than everyone else?

Don't get me wrong. Rupi and I have the same politics and beliefs based on her poems. I'd still say that this collection is powerful and must be read, even if only for the messages. Its messages would garner 5 stars because all women need to hear it and know it and live it. And men too so we can squash the patriarchy. I highlighted a lot of poems and lines and a lot struck me because these are truths that everyone needs to see/hear/read. To be woke.

But as for poetry, I find it lacking. It is honest and relatable, which I guess make good poems too. But I want my poems not only to be raw feelings that pack punches or send messages. I want my poems to hide something from me, so I would have to shovel what it buries underneath it. I want it to be heavier and meatier than what you see at first glance. I want it to make me realize something I didn't know or have known all along but refuse to see. I guess i just want more.

Also, maybe I've read too much poetry collections recently similar to this style? I guess I can see how those I've read before could be derivatives of Rupi Kaur or maybe some other poet I haven't read and it's kinda unfair to rate them higher than where they're derived from but it is what it is.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't really understand the hype of this book myself. I was working in a bookshop when it came out and the hype was very high. I flipped through it because of that, to see what it was all about, and personally I disliked it a lot more than you did (I probably would've gone 1 star). This was a good review, though. I like how there are more poetry collections coming out now that are getting recognition, like Amanda Lovelace's and Gretchen Gomez's.


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