Hey all, Dani here.
Well, here is something you don’t see me review all that often on this blog…a collection of poetry. I continuously tell myself that I would like to read more poems, and yet I get sucked into the land of novels and each year I’m lucky to read only one or two books of poetry.
This particular choice was due to the recommendation of actress Ashley Johnson. She spoke very highly of Milk and Honey during the episode she hosted of Geek and Sundry’s Signal Boost. I saw it in the grocery store and decided to pick it up.
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.
Rating: 5 stars!
Actually I give this all the stars in the sky. Seriously, so many of these poems were very short, only a couple lines with basically around twenty words, but man…they packed quite the punch. A few times I had to pause and rest the book on my lap while I just stared out into space, letting the words sink into my being.
Honestly trying to formulate the words to write up a proper review is difficult for me. I marked so many of these poems as ones that particularly resonated within me. Several I had to read out loud to my boyfriend. It would have been a good idea to sit down with post-it notes and properly mark some of my favorites. I’ll need to do that soon enough.
This collection of poems is divided into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. Included with the poetry is artwork drawn by the author as well. The loving and the healing were the sections I connected most with at this point in my life, but they were all certainly worth the read.
Overall this was just really well written, and though I read this book rather quickly, I know I’ll pick it up again and reread it. Milk and Honey is a book that begs to be read over and over.
I will definitely be checking out more from Rupi Kaur in the future.