Main themes: Love, Relationships, Feminism
Rating: 3.5 stars
“my heart woke me crying last night
how can i help i begged
my heart said
write the book”
– Rupi Kaur
Milk and Honey is a collection of poems written by the creative Rupi Kaur, which portrays various experiences throughout her life. As she opens up about abuse, relationships and feminism in a very honest and expressive way, readers are able to experience Kaur’s journey of survival.
This is a book I’ve been curious about for a long time, mostly because it’s generated a lot of interesting debates. However, after seeing Kaur perform on her 2018 tour and really enjoying the show, I decided to finally give her books a try.
The first thing I noticed and loved about Milk and Honey was that it had a very distinctive style. Her poems are very minimalist and to the point, which for me reflected Kaur wanting to strip back all her layers. This is even reflected in her illustrations and the way the book is set out, aesthetically it’s just very minimalist and so there is absolutely nothing to distract the reader from what Kaur’s was pouring out onto the pages.
For the actual content, the book was split into four parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. Each section told a beautiful and honest story that I’m glad Kaur was able to write and share. I have to be honest though; whilst I enjoyed the poems I didn’t finish the book feeling any different. Some poems made me think ‘wow I liked the way she described that,’ or ‘yes that’s very true,’ but overall, I didn’t feel like the experience of reading Kaur’s work impacted me in the way I had hoped it to. Don’t get me wrong, I heard her voice, and what she had to say was very important. Nothing can take away from the fact that this is a powerful book, because it’s her story and it’s honest and meaningful and beautifully portrayed. However, it just didn’t impact me as a reader, which is totally okay because there are others who have and will read her book, and it will stir something within them.
I definitely have to applaud Kaur for her work which is very authentic and personal, something that’s not always easy to achieve. I’m glad to have read it, and I still look forward to reading The Sun and Her Flowers, Kaur’s second book which I think I’ll enjoy very much.