Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book Review: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

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 sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

 Oh wow.  This is one that got a ton of attention when it came out and that I added to my TBR, but, because it was poetry, I thought I'd probably put off for a very long time.  I tend to let my older brother be the poet of the family.  It's just not usually my thing.  But yesterday, by happenstance, I read a tumblred excerpt from one of Kaur's poems and immediately pushed it to the top of my list.

Evaluating poetry is hard for me.  I'm not going to give this my usual writing/entertainment review, I"m just going to say this was the perfect book for me at this moment in time.  It's about loss and relationships and grieving the loss of relationships and moving forward and falling in love.  Instead of trying to explain how amazing I found this book and how beautiful I thought the words were, I think I'll just post my very most favorite portion and let you decide if it's the book for you.  It was exactly the book for me at exactly the time for me.

i do not want to have you
to fill the empty parts of me
i want to be full on my own
i want to be so complete
i could light a whole city
and then
i want to have you
cause the two of us combined
could set it on fire

Thanks to my local public library for providing me with a copy of this one.  

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