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.
This review is going to be a bit different from my normal reviews. This book doesn’t fall into the YA genre. It doesn’t even fall into the prose category. Instead this is a collection of poetry. I’ve gotten really into poetry once again and this book definitely satisfied that desire.
Collections of poetry can be difficult to make feel cohesive. Yet, milk and honey feels like a full narrative. There is an entire plot with rising and falling action. The story follows a girl growing and becoming more confident and secure of herself.
This story handles some really tough situations. The poems are poignant and intense yet beautiful. Kaur doesn’t detract from the horrors of the situations in the book. She does not pull any punches and I really appreciated it.
I felt empowered by the poems in this book. They are all from a female perspective. They tell the story of a woman that lived through devastation and hardships yet survived. She tells the tale of many young women. This book felt important. Its is a narrative that needs to be heard. I’m so glad Kaur created this collection of poems.
I’m eager to read more from Rupp Kaur including her new book that releases in October 2017. This was a beautiful break from fiction.
Do you have any favorite poets? Let me know in the comments!