Book Club: Milk and Honey

Book Club: Milk + Honey

I'm sure everyone and their mothers have read this book of poems by Rupi Kauer and I am late to the game but I wanted to share some of my thoughts on Milk and Honey anyway because I recently read Kauer's newest book, The Sun and Her Flowers so here I am. 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kauer

Goodreads synopsis 

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.

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My Review

Who hasn't seen the very Instagrammable pages of Milk and Honey before on social media? This collection of poetry is beautifully elegant, powerful, and raw. I saw myself in each one of these poems and I felt like I was being hugged by the words. 'It's okay,' the words seem to say, 'I've been there too!'

It's hard to review poetry because poems are so personal and each one of them were incredibly personal and tender in their own way.  I saw a lot of mixed reviews and a lot of people said that Milk and Honey was underwhelming. I can completely see where those views were coming from and upon my first reading, I agreed. It wasn't until my second (slower) read-through that I started to appreciate the poetry. Allow me to share a few of my favorites with you guys: 

when my mother says i deserve better
i snap to your defense out of habit
he still loves me i shout
she looks at me with defeated eyes
the way a parent looks at their child
when they know this is the type of pain
even they can’t fix
and says
it means nothing to me if he loves you
if he can’t do a single wretched thing about it
— Milk and Honey by Rupi Kauer
this is where you must
understand the difference
between want and need
you may want that boy
but you certainly
don’t need him
— Milk and Honey by Rupi Kauer
how you love yourself is
how you teach others
to love you
— Milk and Honey bu Rupi Kauer

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