milk and honey by Rupi Kaur: Book Review

milk and honey

Obtained: Purchased @ Chapters
Pages: 194
Publish date: November 4, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve seen milk and honey getting rave reviews from a lot of my book-loving friends, so I knew I had to see what this book of poetry was all about. It looked beautiful, and I’d seen some of the poems posted as photos online, so I knew Kaur’s writing style was definitely something I’d be interested in reading. What I didn’t anticipate was not being able to put the book down.

milk and honey is written in four parts, and each part takes the reader on a different sort of journey. Kaur reveals tales of passion, heartbreak, tragedy, and hope through her wonderfully captivating use of words and drawings.

I’m not typically a reader of poetry, but the words and metaphors seem to flow from her pen so effortlessly. I absolutely loved all of the vivid imagery created in her poems, and honestly felt extremely inspired after I finished reading. It was very empowering to start reading about someone’s dark experiences and how they were able to move on and finish the collection off on a very hopeful chapter. If I were in a bit of a dark place myself, I feel like reading this book would make me feel like I could take on the world again.

Again, as someone who doesn’t typically read poetry, I’m constantly amazed when I do and it’s so moving. The drawings Kaur provides to accompany some of the pieces just elevate the emotions of the poem to that next level. She captures some of my own thoughts and feelings in ways I never thought could be put into words properly.

This collection does not take much time to read, and I really suggest anyone who is mildly interested in poetry take the half-hour it took me to read through this book and do yourself a favour. Kaur’s work is absolutely beautiful.

milk and honey is available online at Chapters Indigo, Book Depository, and Kobo.

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