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Quick Review | Milk and Honey

There once was a name that refused to go out of my head. And with it the title of a certain book. But somehow, I never bought said book or took a closer look at it. Until one day, when ‘Milk and Honey’ by Rupi Kaur finally moved in on my shelf, and then went straight into my heart and soul. I really hadn’t known I needed her words so badly before that glorious day I decided to thumb through the pages of her book.



 

R U P I    K A U R    –    M I L K    A N D    H O N E Y
p o e t r y    &    p r o s e

“my heart aches for sisters more than anything
it aches for women helping women
like flowers ache for spring”

Rupi Kaur | Milk and Honey | p. 187



‘Milk and Honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose, and it’s split into the four sections ‘the hurting’, ‘the loving’, ‘the breaking’ and ‘the healing’. Each of those sections tells a unique story of pain, and how although life is a great big mass of pain most of the time, there’s still hope for a healing of body, heart and soul.

Each of those texts touched me in one way or another. Some of them made me cry, because they spoke to me on a whole other level. They found an articulation for a pain located deep within myself and for which I had difficulty finding the right words. They made me hopeful for brighter days. They helped me heal. 

i know it’s hard
believe me
i know it feels like
tomorrow will never come
and today will be the most
difficult day to get through
but i swear you will get through
the hurt will pass
as it always does
if you give it time and
let it so let it 
go
slowly
like a broken promise
let it go
[Rupi Kaur – Milk and Honey]

These poems and texts of prose deal with various topics, for example loss, trauma, love, violence, abuse, and feminism. The thoughts about the latter one are wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed her texts about women supporting each other – instead of working against one another.
Although there are quite a few readers out there having strong feelings about Rupi Kaurs’ poems not being poems at all, because in their opinion, they’re only lines or quotes seperated by “randomly hitting enter” – while they might be right, I personally couldn’t care less. The only things I cared about while reading were the following.

Did it move me? – YES.
Did it capture feelings and thoughts in a way I couldn’t help but admire? – YES.
Did it help me understand others and myself better? – YES.
Did it bring hope and joy to me while reading? – YES.
Was I inspired by it to write a little myself? – YES.

So, you see – if you’re on the look out for some ‘real poetry’ with metaphors and meaningful similes and other writing techniques used par excellence, then maybe skip this one. But if you’re open for some emotionally charged texts about some of the things the author herself experienced, or hoping for some sort of healing – maybe this will be the one. It spoke to me, so maybe it’ll speak to you in this higly magical, and encouraging way, too.

i want to apologize to all the women
i have called pretty
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is the most you have to be proud of when your
spirit has crushed mountains
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re pretty
but because you are so much more than that
[Rupi Kaur – Milk and Honey]

 




Do you have any experiences with (modern) poetry?
If you’ve got any recommendations, please let me know. ❤︎
Take care!



 

More quick reviews:

Katy Who – Seasons of Magic [Poetry]

Neil Gaiman – Fortunately, the milk [Fiction]

Marjorie Liu / Sana Takeda – Monstress, Vol. 1 [Comic]

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