milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

July 11, 2016
Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Andrews McMeel on October 6, 2015
Format Read: Paperback (208 pages)
Genre: Poetry/ Feminism/ Non-fiction
Series: Standalone
Source: Shelf Awareness Giveaway
Milk and Honey
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The book is divided 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 book of poetry, left me wanting more and grateful for its existence. Each chapter focused on honest descriptions of what it means to be a woman, and to be human. While the focus of this book is on women's lived experience, there is enough insight and beauty here for everyone. I read some pages three and  four times, because I had to digest all of the wonderful elements they entailed. The illustrations are minimalist but compliment the words, leaving enough space for you to fill in the rest.
"you were so afraid
of my voice
I decided to be
afraid of it too"

"don't mistake
salt for sugar
if he wants to
be with you
he will
its that simple"
I look forward to reading all of her future works and this book has inspired me to share my own  writing even more. I read the entire book in a two hour sitting and was refreshed by all of the greatness staring back at me on the pages. She covers a variety of topics, including  love, abuse, parents, and growth. Each poem inspired a moment of reflection in myself, and nourished my soul. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy poetry, feminism, and powerful words.


Rupi Kaur is a writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. With a focus in poetry, she released her first book of prose and poems in November 2014. Throughout her poetry, photography, illustrations, and creative direction she engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. When she is not writing or creating art, she is travelling internationally to perform her spoken word poetry, as well as hosting writing workshops. You can find more of her work at www.rupikaur.com

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