Awhile back I heard about Rupi Kaur from her controversial Instagram post depicting menstruation. Instagram had removed the photo because it did not fit their guidelines. The hype this generated was massive, climbing the scales and reaching so many people worldwide. In the end Instagram apologized and stated it was removed accidentally and the photo was re-instated. From there I was led to her book and decided to give it a try. The first time I picked up Milk & Honey I only got through about 3 pages and had to put it down. As a fantasy reader I like to escape from the real world and this was as real as it could get. I felt a bit ill and figured it wasn’t my cup of tea. However, the more hype it generated the more it kept nagging at me to pick it up again so I caved in and borrowed it from a friend.
Here’s a snippet from Goodreads!
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.
It is not poetry in the typical sense but it is raw, emotional and powerful. That is what makes it poetry. I am so glad I picked this one up! It resonated with me on so many levels and I loved so many of the quotes. My top 3 are listed below. I hope you take the time to read this book, I guarantee you will connect with it on some level.
“you might not have been my first love but you were the love that made all the other loves irrelevant”
“loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself”
“the way they leave tells you everything”
Rating – 5 stars
Page Count – 204 pages