Milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
This book raises poetry to an all new level. She instantly pulls her readers in with her lyrical embrace and takes them through her journey of heartbreak to emotional freedom. Milk and honey is a sweet surrender to what it is like to want to be loved by someone else but realizing it is the love that we give ourselves that counts. Her book is broken up into four parts (“the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing”) and completes her journey with a letter to the readers. I will try to not go into too much detail of each part as it is a journey that has to be experienced mainly with your own eyes.
Let’s dive into Part 1: “the hurting”. Rupi Kaur knows heartbreak like no other. She creates a depth of visual imagery in her words and has me crying right along with her. Her words create a motion of relevance between her and the reader. If you are a woman, you will know EXACTLY what it is like to be hurt by someone that you love deeply. Kaur craftily ties in her pain from other men to show how much she believes this current man makes all the difference in her life. She intricately seduces the reader's hearts through her intimate verses about her love for him.
Which leads into Part 2: “the loving”. Oh does Rupi Kaur love! Her love fills the reader with joy and warmth. Each poem creates a steamy, vivid, intimate feeling of love. She lays the reader out on their back and sweetly embraces them. Kaur does not restrict herself to simple romantic love, she also talks about the love for her incredibly strong mother.
Part 3: “the breaking” talks about Rupi Kaur’s devastating break-up. She takes the reader on a journey of endless crying and depression. As a woman, I completely related to her feelings and the pain from ending a relationship with someone you had been tightly attached to.
But then Part 4: “the healing” comes. Through the stages of grief, Rupi Kaur tells us of how she survived and moved on from her pain. She found her light and a glimmer of hope. As a reader, I fell for her strength and courage to keep going, to keep believing that things would get better. It was emotional for me as I have been through many heartbreaks. I felt so inspired by her desire to be a woman of her own right and her gradual acceptance of her right to self-love. This part of her book was my favorite. Her strength to move past the pain still continues to inspire me.
Lastly, Rupi Kaur concludes her masterpiece by writing a letter to us, readers. She explains her gratitude to us for purchasing her book and experiencing her journey. This was a new element to me as I have never read a book where an author professed such immense gratitude toward the reader.
I rate milk and honey by Rupi Kaur 10/10 stars. This book took me on an intense journey that made me relive my own growth from intense heartbreaks. I also recently bought Rupi Kaur’s second poetry book, the sun and her flowers. I am so excited to be taken on another journey with this talented author!