Review: Milk and Honey

Book cover to Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kaur's collection is such a visceral, emotional piston-punching, heavy-yet-uplifting experience that on several occasions her economy of word and juxtaposition may cause one to set (or fling) the book down. The ease with which she lays out the truth in our complicated existences and relationships (with others and ourselves) in longer passages or a mere six words is so amazing to read. I've always had trouble with traditional poetry taught in courses but Kaur's writing illustrates just how stunning poetry can be to stop one in their tracks. This collection is broken into four themes that provide a narrative arc of sorts moving from the traumatic entry into sex to the overpowering experience of love to devastating effects of love destroyed to the birth of self-love. Many of the poems have a simple and suggestive sketch with them either serving as an exclamation to the poem's thrust or hinting at something more than what the poem reveals. If you're looking for a good entry point into enjoying and experiencing poetry beyond what we were taught in school, Kaur's work will be just what you need.

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