This week I thought I’d do something a little unconventional, and review a book of poetry, instead of a novel!
This book is pretty well known on the tumblr machine here, since the heavy-aesthetic simplistic poems appeal to a lot of bloggers. However, as a whole, this book speaks and breathes so much truth, it’s close, for me, to a religious experience.
Rupi Kaur’s ‘Milk and Honey’ is a collection of poems in three parts. You are taken on a spiritual and emotional journey, that is as raw as it is healing. I finished this whole book in under an hour (and I was reading it slow) and re-read it on bad days. It’s perfect for post-breakup. It’s perfect for family related stress. It’s perfect if you are a woman, or you love a woman. It appeals to the romantics, the feminists, and the artists. It’s a full-bodied and perfect creation. I read it almost weekly. It’s in my top three favorite books, so maybe I’m a little biased.
The collection of poems are also interspersed with simplistic and beautiful illustrations, see below.
Kaur’s voice is as individualistic as it is brutally honest. She is both ‘soft and powerful.’ I don’t know how you master the craft of drawing such emotion from your readers, in so few words, but Kaur has truly mastered it.
I would heavily recommend this book to anyone who is hurting. Or has hurt. The way it is constructed is an incredible therapeutic journey, like a roller coaster that only goes up. It challenges beauty standards, relationship expectations, feminism, and love. It is empowering and endlessly important. There’s something in it for everyone.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Length: 194 pages
“The kindest words my father said to me
Women like you drown oceans.”
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