Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a book that I had heard so much about and had been wanting to read for about a year now. As someone who writes poetry, I was happy to see so much excitement for a contemporary book of poetry.
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you’ll know that I actually bought this book last year. Naturally, I’ve been reading other books in the interim. I can easily say, however, that reading Milk and Honey was worth the wait.
This collection of poetry takes the reader through a transformative journey of love, pain, and self-actualization. While each, individual poem does not have its own title, the collection is segmented into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing.
Nearly each of the poems comes with an illustration. These drawings look as if they were done with paper and pen and were doodled on a notebook during the crafting of these poems. They are perfectly paired and make the reader stop and ponder the image, its connection to the poem, and the meaning of the poem more deeply.
The voice found in Milk and Honey is conversational, contemplative, broken, yet strong. From the first poem to the last, it feels as if Kaur is speaking directly to you. The poems range from detailing the beginnings of this journey to fiercely expressing convictions.
Milk and Honey will make the reader revisit old wounds and stare down pain that’s been tucked away in hard to reach places. You may not relate to every aspect of the story Kaur shares, but some hit so close to home that you have to pause and contemplate your own experiences.
By the end of the book, you feel rejuvenated, healed, and open to create something new. There is beauty in the breaking. There is strength in the healing. This collection of poetry brings these lessons to life.
Have you read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur? What were your thoughts? If you’re interested in getting it, I’ve included the link here.