Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

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 sw...

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Title:Milk and Honey
Author:Rupi Kaur
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ISBN:1502784270
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:204 pages

Milk and Honey Reviews

  • Thomas
    Oct 18, 2015

    tore through my analytical mind and burrowed deep into my ultra-sensitive soul. It slayed all my emotions, my feminist desires, and my love for vulnerable writing. I may not know a lot about poetry, but I do know a decent amount about feelings, and Rupi Kaur brought all my feelings tumbling out with this gorgeous collection of poems. She writes about love and loss, trauma, and femininity - subjects that I so happen to adore. In spare yet thorough language, she addresses what it fe

    tore through my analytical mind and burrowed deep into my ultra-sensitive soul. It slayed all my emotions, my feminist desires, and my love for vulnerable writing. I may not know a lot about poetry, but I do know a decent amount about feelings, and Rupi Kaur brought all my feelings tumbling out with this gorgeous collection of poems. She writes about love and loss, trauma, and femininity - subjects that I so happen to adore. In spare yet thorough language, she addresses what it feels like to be broken, to be loved, and to be stronger on one's own. This collection, while in many ways simple, addresses some of the darkest and most hopeful matters of the human heart. If you enjoy marinating in your feelings or if you often ponder topics like female empowerment, getting over heartbreak, or what it means to love, I would recommend you check out

    asap. Now I will include three of my favorite poems, though I wish I could include them all.

    On calling women pretty:

    "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

    or

    not because i don't think you're pretty

    but because you are so much more than that"

    On co-dependency:

    "you are in the habit

    of co-depending

    on people to

    make up for what

    you think you lack

    who tricked you

    into believing

    another person

    was meant to complete you

    when the most they can do is complement"

    On what is most important:

    "most importantly love

    like it's the only thing you know how

    at the end of the day all this

    means nothing

    this page

    where you're sitting

    your degree

    your job

    the money

    nothing even matters

    except love and human connection

    who you loved

    and how deeply you loved them

    how you touched the people around you

    and how much you gave them"

  • Cooper Carrington
    Oct 30, 2015

    your poetry

    is almost as terrible

    as your love life

  • Elle Wilson
    Jan 27, 2016

    While Rupi Kaur seems very passionate and while I agree with her politics, content, and message, that doesn't make this writing very good. Some of the poems are excellent and will draw you in, but mainly, they are very overrated in terms of pure quality. I see why her poems are popular, but not why she's considered a 'great' or 'brilliant' writer. She's addressing universal themes, but she doesn't do so in an especially artful/skilled way. I'd say if you aren't a big fan of poetry, this book cou

    While Rupi Kaur seems very passionate and while I agree with her politics, content, and message, that doesn't make this writing very good. Some of the poems are excellent and will draw you in, but mainly, they are very overrated in terms of pure quality. I see why her poems are popular, but not why she's considered a 'great' or 'brilliant' writer. She's addressing universal themes, but she doesn't do so in an especially artful/skilled way. I'd say if you aren't a big fan of poetry, this book could get you interested in it, but if you're expecting just plain good old-fashioned literary talent, you won't find it here.

  • Whitney Atkinson
    Jan 29, 2016

    2/7/2017

    I get likes on this review daily and for a long time i've felt like a 3-star review was too generous so I lowered it to 2 today, which is more accurate in hindsight.

    7/11/2016

    If I could sum up my thoughts about this book, it would just be, "Oh."

    Honestly, very underwhelming. I'm not sure why people go crazy about this book and say it's gorgeous and it's their favorite book, because honestly, it's very plain. Some poems are just basic sentences with random skips that have no real point, the

    2/7/2017

    I get likes on this review daily and for a long time i've felt like a 3-star review was too generous so I lowered it to 2 today, which is more accurate in hindsight.

    7/11/2016

    If I could sum up my thoughts about this book, it would just be, "Oh."

    Honestly, very underwhelming. I'm not sure why people go crazy about this book and say it's gorgeous and it's their favorite book, because honestly, it's very plain. Some poems are just basic sentences with random skips that have no real point, they aren't too lyrical, and it's literally just like reading a normal sentence. I expected I would love every page of this, but I only marked 4 poems. This just was nothing new. The concepts in this poem, especially when it rolled around to the feminism aspects, just didn't wow me. An entire poem just about "you don't NEED a man you WANT a man" was just a repeat of things I've been hearing for years. It wasn't interesting, and a lot of the poems just sounded so pretentious because it was just plain text with no punctuation and random skips in the lines being fed to the reader as art. Someone mentioned this was a little too "Tumblr," and I agree. It was a quick read, but just a little bit frustrating because it was too simple, too familiar. The art was nice and a few of the poems were well-written, but for the most part, it seems like very little effort was put into this, which makes me sad because that's such a mean criticism for an artist who puts so much emotion into her work.

  • Jessie
    Feb 26, 2016

    I read this in a bookshop. I wanted to give it zero stars. It's not poetry. It's shamefully derivitive and doesn't employ any poetic devices except for the most cliched - and not to positive effect. Random line breaks and sentence fragments are used because it is what is expected of a poem, but the author doesn't seem to understand that in poetry, these serve a purpose and must contribute to the poem's larger meaning. The allusions and metaphors are misplaced and nonsensical. "Milk and honey" is

    I read this in a bookshop. I wanted to give it zero stars. It's not poetry. It's shamefully derivitive and doesn't employ any poetic devices except for the most cliched - and not to positive effect. Random line breaks and sentence fragments are used because it is what is expected of a poem, but the author doesn't seem to understand that in poetry, these serve a purpose and must contribute to the poem's larger meaning. The allusions and metaphors are misplaced and nonsensical. "Milk and honey" is a phrase that has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years: there is nothing new or interesting or creative or poetic in this book. It reads like a 13 year old's diary. This book is for people who have never read poetry outside of school, and that's too bad. I feel sorry for them because they are missing out.

  • Lauren
    Apr 29, 2016

    maybe

    these poems are just

    words

    randomly separated

    by hitting enter

    or maybe

    I just don't get poetry

    : rape, abuse

  • Natalie
    Jun 06, 2016

    is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose.

    It’s difficult trying to review this because every poem is extremely personal, tender and exquisite in its own way.

    So I decided to feature some of my favorite ones:

    is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose.

    It’s difficult trying to review this because every poem is extremely personal, tender and exquisite in its own way.

    So I decided to feature some of my favorite ones:

    (Most of my favorite quotes were from

    section, and it was pretty though trying to narrow it down to my preferred quotes.)

    It also featured some pretty amazing illustrations, which I’m always up for in books:

    Overall, this collection was exquisite and exactly what I needed right now.

    is definitely going to stay on my mind for a while, and I hope to come back to it time and again.

    ,

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Jul 03, 2016

    Well that was underwhelming.

    I don't really like poetry that much to begin with, but I was so curious about this book after seeing so many people loving it, so I decided to give it a go. I was expecting it to be really profound and ground-breaking and it just wasn't? There were maybe a dozen poems that

    quite impactful, but the majority of them felt like filler to me.

  • Rose
    Sep 18, 2016
  • Ariel
    Dec 29, 2016

    2016 was a year of poetry for me. I read more poetry than I ever have before, I wrote more poetry than I knew I was capable of, and I even started performing poetry. Milk and Honey was one of the catalysts for this, written by an author from a town near me, of very similar age to me, powerful and raw, I enjoyed flipping through this and connecting to the poems and illustrations. I like that she shares her poetry online, that a huge part of why they're successful is because of how sharable they a

    2016 was a year of poetry for me. I read more poetry than I ever have before, I wrote more poetry than I knew I was capable of, and I even started performing poetry. Milk and Honey was one of the catalysts for this, written by an author from a town near me, of very similar age to me, powerful and raw, I enjoyed flipping through this and connecting to the poems and illustrations. I like that she shares her poetry online, that a huge part of why they're successful is because of how sharable they are. I like that they were about abuse and healing, but also about love and self love. I see this book as a great inspiration, I see Rupi Kaur as a great inspiration, and I'm glad it was a big part of my thoughts in 2016.

    This was me after performing at an event in Brampton, Ontario on April 11th, 2016 with Rupi Kaur!