This book was another excursion into new literary genres for me. Although we analyse poems in school and university to their bones and maybe read the occasional verses on tumblr or instagram, I have actually never read an entire book of poetry myself, simply for enjoyment.I was surprised that although the poems stand individually, together they convey a story. Milk and Honey is inherently a deeply personal and very modern journey. Some parts I could not really relate to, which is not too much of a problem as the poems are short and can be read quickly even if a particular one is not for you. Not ‘getting’ every part of it actually makes me want to read the entire book again to see whether I will understand them better at some point later in life.On the whole though, I really enjoyed the poems. There are still many relatable, powerful, uplifting and empowering messages that celebrate femininity, resiliance and life, that I am convinced everyone could find at least one that speaks to them. It also inspired me to write more poetry again, which to me is always a sign of true art, and this is also what the book feels like. An honest glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the authoress herself, almost like an extended part of her.
If you want to get a sense of her poems, follow Rupi Kaur on Instagram or browse the hashtag #milkandhoney. This is by no means sponsored or intended to discourage you from getting a copy of the book. I simply found it wonderful that this way you can see if you respond to her poetry, and if you do you will want to read more anyway. In which case you are lucky, as her next book is coming out in October called ‘The Sun and her Flowers’, and I feel like I might like this one even more.
Kaur’s Milk and Honey is a collection that even non-poetry-enthusiasts like me can enjoy. It has a coherent storyline and feels honest and raw, even if that means not every part of it is universally relatable. If you are interested in modern poetry, I can genuinely recommend this book!
My rating: ★★★★☆