Title: milk and honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre: Poetry, Non-Fiction
Edition Read: Audio
Publisher: Createspace (Nov. 4, 2014)
Date Read: 12/11/2016
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.
Being a bit hesitant about poetry, for a while I skipped out on reading this book, regardless of some of the four and five star ratings it had received. Poetry has never really been my cup of tea, so anytime I see a book of poems I immediately turn my nose up and move on. This book, though… this book has given me a completely different outlook on the genre.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first started milk and honey. I already had my heart set on not enjoying it, which was totally biased of me and I’m ashamed to have felt that way because I ended up feeling the total opposite. I adored this book! milk and honey is about a woman’s struggle for survival. It is full of heartbreak, pain and love, and will have you in tears before it’s over.
The stories inside this book really struck a chord with me. The author tells us of her experiences with rape and molestation, along with many more sensitive topics. Her words reached deep inside me and strummed on my emotions like a harp. I can only imagine what this woman has been through in her life, and for her to have the strength to face those demons with these beautiful, yet painful, words is absolutely amazing to me.
I happened upon this audiobook as I was looking for a quick read while on a short drive and I think choosing this version of the book played a huge part in my feelings for it. With me being brand new to poetry, I can almost guarantee you that I would’ve had no clue how to read these poems… meaning I wouldn’t have understood them as well I did. Listening to the author speak to us through her poetry brought tears to my eyes and an ache in my soul.
This was my first experience with poetry, but in no way will it be my last. I have no regrets about taking the time out to read this book, and neither will you if you give it a chance. milk and honey is moving and poignant, and if you only read one piece of poetry in your life… this needs to be it.