Milk and Honey
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.

Milk and Honey Details

TitleMilk and Honey
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 4th, 2014
PublisherCreatespace
ISBN-139781502784278
Rating
GenrePoetry, Feminism, Nonfiction

Milk and Honey Review

  • Alafiya
    January 1, 1970
    2 stars for the beautiful thoughts. So if I write my reviewlike thiswill it automaticallybecome poetry?In my humble opinionthis book iscomposed of extremely beautifullywritten linesbut there are veryfew poems actually.what i dont understand is whywhy you have toclick the enter keyto make it lookbeautiful when u can continue the same linesame paragraph same pagealso why a published bookgives no shitaboutcapitalizing 'i'is beyond meConsider this line from Milk and Honey: “you might not have been 2 stars for the beautiful thoughts. So if I write my reviewlike thiswill it automaticallybecome poetry?In my humble opinionthis book iscomposed of extremely beautifullywritten linesbut there are veryfew poems actually.what i dont understand is whywhy you have toclick the enter keyto make it lookbeautiful when u can continue the same linesame paragraph same pagealso why a published bookgives no shitaboutcapitalizing 'i'is beyond meConsider this line from Milk and Honey: “you might not have been my first lovebut you were the love that made all other loves seem irrelevant” write it without clicking enter“you might not have been my first love but you were the love that made all other loves seem irrelevant” Now consider this line from the novel The Wrath And The Dawn:“People fall in and out of love with the rising and setting of the sun. Rather like a boy who loves the color green one day, only to discover on the morrow that he truly prefers blue.” write it by clicking enter after ever few word/words“People fall in and out of love with the rising and setting of the sun. Rather like a boy who loves the color green one day, only to discover on the morrow that he truly prefers blue.” Get what I’m saying? This is just a thought. I may be wrong. Perhaps this is poetry, even without the rhymes. In my view, these are poetically written lines, not poetry. Some lines did sound genuinely like poetry but a major chunk of the book didn’t.
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  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    2/7/2017I get likes on this review daily and for a long time i've felt like a 3-star review was too generous so I lowered it to 2 today, which is more accurate in hindsight.7/11/2016If I could sum up my thoughts about this book, it would just be, "Oh."Honestly, very underwhelming. I'm not sure why people go crazy about this book and say it's gorgeous and it's their favorite book, because honestly, it's very plain. Some poems are just basic sentences with random skips that have no real point, the 2/7/2017I get likes on this review daily and for a long time i've felt like a 3-star review was too generous so I lowered it to 2 today, which is more accurate in hindsight.7/11/2016If I could sum up my thoughts about this book, it would just be, "Oh."Honestly, very underwhelming. I'm not sure why people go crazy about this book and say it's gorgeous and it's their favorite book, because honestly, it's very plain. Some poems are just basic sentences with random skips that have no real point, they aren't too lyrical, and it's literally just like reading a normal sentence. I expected I would love every page of this, but I only marked 4 poems. This just was nothing new. The concepts in this poem, especially when it rolled around to the feminism aspects, just didn't wow me. An entire poem just about "you don't NEED a man you WANT a man" was just a repeat of things I've been hearing for years. It wasn't interesting, and a lot of the poems just sounded so pretentious because it was just plain text with no punctuation and random skips in the lines being fed to the reader as art. Someone mentioned this was a little too "Tumblr," and I agree. It was a quick read, but just a little bit frustrating because it was too simple, too familiar. The art was nice and a few of the poems were well-written, but for the most part, it seems like very little effort was put into this, which makes me sad because that's such a mean criticism for an artist who puts so much emotion into her work.
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  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in a bookshop. I wanted to give it zero stars. It's not poetry. It's shamefully derivitive and doesn't employ any poetic devices except for the most cliched - and not to positive effect. Random line breaks and sentence fragments are used because it is what is expected of a poem, but the author doesn't seem to understand that in poetry, these serve a purpose and must contribute to the poem's larger meaning. The allusions and metaphors are misplaced and nonsensical. "Milk and honey" is I read this in a bookshop. I wanted to give it zero stars. It's not poetry. It's shamefully derivitive and doesn't employ any poetic devices except for the most cliched - and not to positive effect. Random line breaks and sentence fragments are used because it is what is expected of a poem, but the author doesn't seem to understand that in poetry, these serve a purpose and must contribute to the poem's larger meaning. The allusions and metaphors are misplaced and nonsensical. "Milk and honey" is a phrase that has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years: there is nothing new or interesting or creative or poetic in this book. It reads like a 13 year old's diary. This book is for people who have never read poetry outside of school, and that's too bad. I feel sorry for them because they are missing out.
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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    lol started this forever ago & just now finished it! didn't love this one as much as i was hoping to, but i understand why so many connect to it. i respect the author for being so open and honest about things she's faced.
  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    poetry or basic tumblr posts?
  • Lauren (LaurenHannah.net)
    January 1, 1970
    maybethese poems are justwordsrandomly separatedby hitting enteror maybeI just don't get poetrytrigger warnings: rape, abuse
  • Cooper Carrington
    January 1, 1970
    your poetryis almost as terribleas your love life
  • Elle Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    While Rupi Kaur seems very passionate and while I agree with her politics, content, and message, that doesn't make this writing very good. Some of the poems are excellent and will draw you in, but mainly, they are very overrated in terms of pure quality. I see why her poems are popular, but not why she's considered a 'great' or 'brilliant' writer. She's addressing universal themes, but she doesn't do so in an especially artful/skilled way. I'd say if you aren't a big fan of poetry, this book cou While Rupi Kaur seems very passionate and while I agree with her politics, content, and message, that doesn't make this writing very good. Some of the poems are excellent and will draw you in, but mainly, they are very overrated in terms of pure quality. I see why her poems are popular, but not why she's considered a 'great' or 'brilliant' writer. She's addressing universal themes, but she doesn't do so in an especially artful/skilled way. I'd say if you aren't a big fan of poetry, this book could get you interested in it, but if you're expecting just plain good old-fashioned literary talent, you won't find it here.
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  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    2016 was a year of poetry for me. I read more poetry than I ever have before, I wrote more poetry than I knew I was capable of, and I even started performing poetry. Milk and Honey was one of the catalysts for this, written by an author from a town near me, of very similar age to me, powerful and raw, I enjoyed flipping through this and connecting to the poems and illustrations. I like that she shares her poetry online, that a huge part of why they're successful is because of how sharable they a 2016 was a year of poetry for me. I read more poetry than I ever have before, I wrote more poetry than I knew I was capable of, and I even started performing poetry. Milk and Honey was one of the catalysts for this, written by an author from a town near me, of very similar age to me, powerful and raw, I enjoyed flipping through this and connecting to the poems and illustrations. I like that she shares her poetry online, that a huge part of why they're successful is because of how sharable they are. I like that they were about abuse and healing, but also about love and self love. I see this book as a great inspiration, I see Rupi Kaur as a great inspiration, and I'm glad it was a big part of my thoughts in 2016.This was me after performing at an event in Brampton, Ontario on April 11th, 2016 with Rupi Kaur!
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  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was underwhelming. I don't really like poetry that much to begin with, but I was so curious about this book after seeing so many people loving it, so I decided to give it a go. I was expecting it to be really profound and ground-breaking and it just wasn't? There were maybe a dozen poems that were quite impactful, but the majority of them felt like filler to me.
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  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. It’s difficult trying to review this because every poem is extremely personal, tender and exquisite in its own way.So I decided to feature some of my favorite ones:“you tell me to quiet down causemy opinions make me less beautifulbut i was not made with a fire in my bellyso i could be p milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. It’s difficult trying to review this because every poem is extremely personal, tender and exquisite in its own way.So I decided to feature some of my favorite ones:“you tell me to quiet down causemy opinions make me less beautifulbut i was not made with a fire in my bellyso i could be put outi was not made with a lightness on my tongueso i could be easy to swallowi was made heavyhalf blade and half silkdifficult to forget and not easyfor the mind to follow”“i struggle so deeplyto understandhow someone canpour their entire soulblood and energyinto someonewithout wantinganything inreturn- i will have to wait till i’m a mother”“when my mother says i deserve betteri snap to your defense out of habithe still loves me i shoutshe looks at me with defeated eyesthe way a parent looks at their childwhen they know this is the type of paineven they can’t fixand saysit means nothing to me if he loves youif he can’t do a single wretched thing about it”“he only whispers i love youas he slips his handsdown the waistbandof your pantsthis is where you mustunderstand the differencebetween want and needyou may want that boybut you certainlydon’t need him”“i am a museum full of artbut you had your eyes shut”“people gobut howthey leftalways stays”“what i miss most is how you loved me. but what i didn’t know was how you loved me had so much to do with the person i was. it was a reflection of everything i gave to you. coming back to me. how did i not see that. how. did i sit here soaking in the idea that no one else would love me that way. when it was i that taught you. when it was i that showed you how to fill. the way i needed to be filled. how cruel i was to myself. giving you credit for my warmth simply because you had felt it. thinking it was you who gave me strength. wit. beauty. simply because you recognized it. as if i was already not these things before i met you. as if i did not remain all these once you left.”“loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself”“you tell mei am not like most girlsand learn to kiss me with your eyes closedsomething about the phrase—something abouthow i have to be unlike the womeni call sisters in order to be wantedmakes me want to spit your tongue outlike i am supposed to be proud you picked meas if i should be relieved you thinki am better than them”“other women’s bodiesare not our battlegrounds”“you were a dragon long beforehe came around and saidyou could flyyou will remain a dragonlong after he’s left”“you look at me and cryeverything hurtsi hold you and whisperbut everything can heal”“how you love yourself ishow you teach othersto love you”“what terrifies me most is how wefoam at the mouth with envywhen others succeedbut sigh in reliefwhen they are failingour struggle tocelebrate each other iswhat’s proven most difficultin being human”(Most of my favorite quotes were from the healing section, and it was pretty though trying to narrow it down to my preferred quotes.)It also featured some pretty amazing illustrations, which I’m always up for in books: Overall, this collection was exquisite and exactly what I needed right now. milk and honey is definitely going to stay on my mind for a while, and I hope to come back to it time and again.4.5 stars*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying milk and honey, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with Ko-fi.com/bookspoils This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Emer
    January 1, 1970
    Some people call this poetry. I call it a bunch of pretty quotes from Tumblr or Pinterest or other similar site. The themes covered are incredibly relevant. And highly emotive which is probably why so many people connect with this collection. But in my opinion there is a difference in saying/telling what you feel and in writing/showing what you feel. This was a bunch of very quotable quotes about subject matters that need to be explored, and put front and centre into the public mindset, but with Some people call this poetry. I call it a bunch of pretty quotes from Tumblr or Pinterest or other similar site. The themes covered are incredibly relevant. And highly emotive which is probably why so many people connect with this collection. But in my opinion there is a difference in saying/telling what you feel and in writing/showing what you feel. This was a bunch of very quotable quotes about subject matters that need to be explored, and put front and centre into the public mindset, but without the lyricism of poetry. So I'm rating this not on the themes covered but on the prose. Maybe I'm harsh with my rating. I have plenty of GR friends whose opinions I value that absolutely adored this. Guess I'm just old fashioned when it comes to poetry. And I'm okay with that. One star
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  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    milk and honey tore through my analytical mind and burrowed deep into my ultra-sensitive soul. It slayed all my emotions, my feminist desires, and my love for vulnerable writing. I may not know a lot about poetry, but I do know a decent amount about feelings, and Rupi Kaur brought all my feelings tumbling out with this gorgeous collection of poems. She writes about love and loss, trauma, and femininity - subjects that I so happen to adore. In spare yet thorough language, she addresses what it fe milk and honey tore through my analytical mind and burrowed deep into my ultra-sensitive soul. It slayed all my emotions, my feminist desires, and my love for vulnerable writing. I may not know a lot about poetry, but I do know a decent amount about feelings, and Rupi Kaur brought all my feelings tumbling out with this gorgeous collection of poems. She writes about love and loss, trauma, and femininity - subjects that I so happen to adore. In spare yet thorough language, she addresses what it feels like to be broken, to be loved, and to be stronger on one's own. This collection, while in many ways simple, addresses some of the darkest and most hopeful matters of the human heart. If you enjoy marinating in your feelings or if you often ponder topics like female empowerment, getting over heartbreak, or what it means to love, I would recommend you check out milk and honey asap. Now I will include three of my favorite poems, though I wish I could include them all.On calling women pretty:"i want to apologize to all the womeni have called prettybefore i've called them intelligent or bravei am sorry i made it sound as thoughsomething as simple as what you're born withis the most you have to be proud of when yourspirit has crushed mountainsfrom now on i will say things likeyou are resilient or you are extraordinarynot because i don't think you're prettybut because you are so much more than that"On co-dependency:"you are in the habitof co-dependingon people tomake up for whatyou think you lackwho tricked youinto believinganother personwas meant to complete youwhen the most they can do is complement"On what is most important:"most importantly lovelike it's the only thing you know howat the end of the day all thismeans nothingthis pagewhere you're sittingyour degreeyour jobthe moneynothing even mattersexcept love and human connectionwho you lovedand how deeply you loved themhow you touched the people around youand how much you gave them"
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    “i am a museum full of artbut you had your eyes shut”Wow. Rupi Kaur really touched me deeply with this incredibly work of art. Her words of truth and honesty are so powerful and so full of emotion, I can't imagine anyone's eyes staying dry while reading it.A few times, though, I was a little confused, I couldn't comprehend the meaning of her words. The again came a poem about independence, how she was healing from her boyfriend's loss, closely followed by one that showed her hopeless and lost on “i am a museum full of artbut you had your eyes shut”Wow. Rupi Kaur really touched me deeply with this incredibly work of art. Her words of truth and honesty are so powerful and so full of emotion, I can't imagine anyone's eyes staying dry while reading it.A few times, though, I was a little confused, I couldn't comprehend the meaning of her words. The again came a poem about independence, how she was healing from her boyfriend's loss, closely followed by one that showed her hopeless and lost once again.Anyway, this was so much more complex than The Princess Saves Herself in this One, but however different these two books are, they both have their own power and strength.Here is one more poem taken from Milk and Honey that I can't stop thinking about:“i want to apologize to all the women i have called pretty before i’ve called them intelligent or brave i am sorry i made it sound as though something as simple as what you’re born with is the most you have to be proud of when your spirit has crushed mountains from now on i will say things like you are resilient or you are extraordinary not because i don’t think you’re pretty but because you are so much more than that”Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    These are just simplesentencesbroken upwith spaces.Seriously, some of them I was like, I love this! But I didn't view them as poems. They're more like simple quotes. But I get that this is a kind of poetry and people love it, but to me it's just not anything special.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not a huge poetry person, but I just had to buy this book after hearing so many people talking about it. It didn't disappoint in anyway. The poetry in this book is so raw and beautiful that I related to so many that I kept going back to reread my favorites and highlight and tab them.
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    ‘how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.’ this absolutely stunning collection of words made me look in the mirror, give myself a hug, and just really appreciate the person i was, who i am, and the woman i am becoming. self love is the best kind of love. ↠ 5 stars
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  • Elyse Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Breathtaking - Brutal - BeautifulRupi Kaur's poetry is unlike traditional poetry. For one thing - this small book feels like a graphic poetry novel. Many of the pages had a familiar 'looking-style' which short poems have....but with the delicate, simple, drawings, I forgot I was reading poetry. The drawings tell a story --we feel the emotions from the them before we even read the words. In essence, capturing bruises women have experienced. The book is divided into four sections: hurting, loving, Breathtaking - Brutal - BeautifulRupi Kaur's poetry is unlike traditional poetry. For one thing - this small book feels like a graphic poetry novel. Many of the pages had a familiar 'looking-style' which short poems have....but with the delicate, simple, drawings, I forgot I was reading poetry. The drawings tell a story --we feel the emotions from the them before we even read the words. In essence, capturing bruises women have experienced. The book is divided into four sections: hurting, loving, breaking, healing.This book honors women.....addressing chaos with compassion....love, loss, trauma, abuse, healing, and femininity.It's real. It's raw. It's relatable. I say again.... 'beautiful'"If you were born withthe weakness to fallyou were born withthe strength to rise".
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.Wow.I really didn't know what to expect when I picked up Rupi Kaur's exquisite collection of poetry and prose. Poetry is often hit or miss with me—I totally appreciate it as an art form but sometimes I just don't get it. (I'm as creative as the next person, but sometimes my brain is tired and just wants to be told what something means rather than struggle to decode it. Sorry, I'm a Neanderthal.) Milk and Honey is about happiness and despair, hurt and joy, love and sadness, and finding 4.5 stars.Wow.I really didn't know what to expect when I picked up Rupi Kaur's exquisite collection of poetry and prose. Poetry is often hit or miss with me—I totally appreciate it as an art form but sometimes I just don't get it. (I'm as creative as the next person, but sometimes my brain is tired and just wants to be told what something means rather than struggle to decode it. Sorry, I'm a Neanderthal.) Milk and Honey is about happiness and despair, hurt and joy, love and sadness, and finding the strength to overcome your struggles. It is at times erotic, poignant, empowering, harrowing, and a celebration of all of the amazing qualities of women. Divided into four chapters—the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing—each deals with a different step in relationships, both with someone else and with yourself.most importantly lovelike it's the only thing you know howat the end of the day all thismeans nothingthis pagewhere you're sittingyour degreeyour jobthe moneynothing even mattersexcept love and human connectionwho you lovedand how deeply you loved themhow you touched the people around youand how much you gave themSome of the poems are accompanied by small illustrations. I'd imagine that the print version of this book would make a beautiful gift for someone; I'm not sure if I missed out on something reading it on my Kindle, because I'm not 100 percent sure if each separate page is a separate poem or if the book is just laid out strangely. (I am also not quite sure if only some of the poems have titles or if each poem has its title at the end, meaning the stanzas between titled pages represent one poem.)Kaur is an absolutely dazzling writer. Her words evoke emotion, sexuality, femininity, anger, and hope. While perhaps some of this resonates more for women than for men, I still found this incredibly touching, incredibly moving, incredibly motivating, and at times simply breathtaking.you might not have been my first lovebut you were the love that madeall the other lovesirrelevantThis collection won't be for everyone. You need to be willing to put aside conventional notions of punctuation, capitalization, and the way sentences are divided. But more than that, you need to be willing to be vulnerable, to listen to Kaur's messages, and feel the feelings she is trying to convey. If you can do that, you will be richly rewarded by the beauty of Milk and Honey .See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Some of the poetry in the book ripped a hole in my soul.
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    January 1, 1970
    milk and honey makes you grateful for your love of reading because it makes you understand how powerful words can be. It fills you with peace, acceptance and joy. You know that moment when you read something and you think „I needed years and a lot of pain to come to the same conclusion, if only I would have read this book earlier, it tells everything with such clarity”. I will recommend it to anyone who’s sad, depressed, down, heartbroken or lost. Basically the message is accept your flaws, m milk and honey makes you grateful for your love of reading because it makes you understand how powerful words can be. It fills you with peace, acceptance and joy. You know that moment when you read something and you think „I needed years and a lot of pain to come to the same conclusion, if only I would have read this book earlier, it tells everything with such clarity”. I will recommend it to anyone who’s sad, depressed, down, heartbroken or lost. Basically the message is accept your flaws, move on, life is flux, don’t let anyone make you feel unworthy. Be a shark. A nice, feminine, gentle shark. But a shark. * You are every hope I’ve ever had in human form. ** Love knows life has been hard enough already **** You said, if it is meant to be, fate will bring us back together. [...] It’s us you fool. We’re the only ones that can bring us together.[...] Isn’t it such a tragic thing. When you can see it so clearly but the other person doesn’t. ***** Don’t mistake salt for sugar if he wants to be with you he will it’s that simple ****** You’d rather have the darkest parts of him than have nothing ******* You whisper I love you What you mean is I don’t want you to leave ******** Like I am supposed to be proud you picked me ******* But I swear you will get through the hurt will pass as it always does ****** Nothing even matters except love and human connection ***** You have to stop searching for why at some point you have to leave it alone **** If you are not enough for yourself you will never be enough for someone else *** terrifies me most is how we foam at the mouth with envy when others succeed but sigh in relief when they are failing **I’ve heard THE PRINCESS SAVE HERSELF IN THIS ONE and FORTY RULES OF LOVE are similar to milk and honey.*
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  • JV
    January 1, 1970
    Sigh... I am in the minority once again. Shoddy execution, bog-standard writing, and frequent enjambment fuse to create an anthology of maudlin proportions whilst exploring love, loss, pain, hope, feminism, and identity. Kaur's themes are of importance, however, this collection didn't live up to my poetical expectations. With all honesty, Kaur is far better than Lang Leav's mawkish and tormenting drivel. Here are a few of Kaur's poems that I found relatable: I. "i am a museum full of artbut you Sigh... I am in the minority once again. Shoddy execution, bog-standard writing, and frequent enjambment fuse to create an anthology of maudlin proportions whilst exploring love, loss, pain, hope, feminism, and identity. Kaur's themes are of importance, however, this collection didn't live up to my poetical expectations. With all honesty, Kaur is far better than Lang Leav's mawkish and tormenting drivel. Here are a few of Kaur's poems that I found relatable: I. "i am a museum full of artbut you had your eyes shut"II."people gobut howthey leftalways stays"III."perhaps the saddest of allare those who live waitingfor someone they’re notsure exists"- 7 billion people And some of the worst: I. "you look like you smell ofhoney and no painlet me have a taste of that"II."to besoftisto bepowerful"III."it must hurt to knowi am your mostbeautifulregret" Oh dear! Here's my personal and poetical tribute for this book: "i aman evocative poemabsolutely filledwithand chock-fullof bloodyenjambment"- about JV's appalling, preposterous poem
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  • James Trevino
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe I am not the most apt person to give an opinion on this, but I will throw in my 2 cents anyway.First of all, I can't even remember the last time I read poetry. It is simply not that enjoyable to me. But I picked this up after seeing it on my Instagram feed a couple hundred times. I expected to be easily bored by it, but I read it in one sitting. Not that hard since the book is quite short and has lot of drawings, but still. I was surprised!Milk and honey may be poetry (for the most part), Maybe I am not the most apt person to give an opinion on this, but I will throw in my 2 cents anyway.First of all, I can't even remember the last time I read poetry. It is simply not that enjoyable to me. But I picked this up after seeing it on my Instagram feed a couple hundred times. I expected to be easily bored by it, but I read it in one sitting. Not that hard since the book is quite short and has lot of drawings, but still. I was surprised!Milk and honey may be poetry (for the most part), but it tells a very cohesive story. A very powerful and moving story too. It is ultimately a book about hardships and empowerment and in my humble opinion, although obviously directed towards women, the message of self loving can apply to anyone, woman or man.The drawings were simple and gorgeous. Actually, the book felt a lot like going through a writer's Instagram feed if that makes any sense. All in all, a really nice read.***P.S.- On the funny side of things, this line ('the goddess between your legs makes mouths water') made me laugh so hard because it reminded me of Fifty Shades of Grey :))
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  • ellie
    January 1, 1970
    To be simply put, this isn't a book meant to be loved or raved about. It is just meant to be read.I feel as if the people giving it three stars or so went in expecting it to ravish them, thrill them but it was not meant for that. Why on earth would you seek something so much more from a book that was written so truthfully, with feelings so raw that the hurt and the bitterness and the sorrows behind the words will never dull? This was her story. She isn't asking for you to judge if it's "exciting To be simply put, this isn't a book meant to be loved or raved about. It is just meant to be read.I feel as if the people giving it three stars or so went in expecting it to ravish them, thrill them but it was not meant for that. Why on earth would you seek something so much more from a book that was written so truthfully, with feelings so raw that the hurt and the bitterness and the sorrows behind the words will never dull? This was her story. She isn't asking for you to judge if it's "exciting" enough because it's not a fiction meant to be critiqued. Life isn't always "okay and then what?" Sometimes you can get stuck before you even try to move on.if you were born withthe weakness to fallyou were born withthe strength to riseI am so moved by this. These were words she had woven out for herself and now we are allowed to read them and take them to our hearts, too.you tell me to quiet down causemy opinions make me less beautifulbut i was not made with a fire in my bellyso i could be put outi was not made with a lightness on my tongueso i could be easy to swallowi was made heavyhalf blade and half silkdifficult to forget and not easyfor the mind to followHonestly, I am a young woman, a college student, surrounded by women who dumb themselves down and go out of their way to impress boys-because they think that'll give them happiness, in the end, and it may, but it will be what they think happiness is rather than what it actually is. But I've never felt more alive than when I was happy with myself, even if it was a small thing. And this poetry encourages self love beyond anything. It normalizes it. You can't get anywhere in life if you're holding yourself back. The doodles were so wonderful! Sincerely, they made me want to rip out the pages and put them up on my walls so I can look at them and remind myself of what is and what isn't and how I should grow, too.
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  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    This was good, not great. Maybe I expected more because this has been recommended so much. It is split into 4 parts (the hurting, the loving, the breaking & the healing)The hurting section was great. There was a lot about negative fatherly figures that was easy for me to relate to. I didn't really enjoy the loving section. I don't get much out of poems about falling in love so this part was just meh. The breaking was underwhelming. A lot of repeating the same basic thought "you don't need a This was good, not great. Maybe I expected more because this has been recommended so much. It is split into 4 parts (the hurting, the loving, the breaking & the healing)The hurting section was great. There was a lot about negative fatherly figures that was easy for me to relate to. I didn't really enjoy the loving section. I don't get much out of poems about falling in love so this part was just meh. The breaking was underwhelming. A lot of repeating the same basic thought "you don't need a man" I think I get it. The last section again was underwhelming. I just wasn't overly impressed by any of the poems. Even the ones I saved were just okay and would not have made an impression on me had they been in a poetry book that I love. It's a quick read but I think this collection is better for beginners to poetry who are looking for something more straightforward and easy to understand.
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    love is not cruel we are cruellove is not a gamewe have made a gameout of love I can't believe it took me so long to finally read this poetry collection, after shivering over so much of Rupi's online poetry snippets over the years, but here we are, and it was... captivating? Painful? Beautiful? Perfect? what i miss most is how you loved me. but what i didn't know was how you loved me had so much to do with the person i was. it was a reflection of everything i gave to you.how cruel i was to myse love is not cruel we are cruellove is not a gamewe have made a gameout of love I can't believe it took me so long to finally read this poetry collection, after shivering over so much of Rupi's online poetry snippets over the years, but here we are, and it was... captivating? Painful? Beautiful? Perfect? what i miss most is how you loved me. but what i didn't know was how you loved me had so much to do with the person i was. it was a reflection of everything i gave to you.how cruel i was to myself. giving you credit for my warmth simply because you had felt it. I feel that this is a poetry collection that will be different things for different people, but for me, it was a love story written for those of us who have survived abusive relationships, who have moved on and learned to love ourselves despite the lies we were fed. If you've ever left a toxic relationship, friendship, situation, whatever - do you remember the first time you realized things weren't your fault? How it felt like the first breath of air after far too long underwater? That's what this collection felt like for me. It reminded me of how far I've come, and how strong I really am. the next time hepoints out thehair on your legs isgrowing back remindthat boy your bodyis not his homehe is a guestwarn him tonever outstephis welcomeagain Even better, this collection is so shamelessly, wholly feminist in nature and I cannot imagine not feeling empowered by the words Rupi writes. She is so proud of her womanhood and it's a contagious feeling. our backstell storiesno books havethe spine tocarry- women of color Finally, this poetry is an ode to people of color everywhere, and the ways their beauty, their experiences, and their livelihoods should not - and can not - ever be taken away by prejudices of an ugly, bleak world.Content warnings: abuse, sexual assault, depression, loneliness.
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  • Drew
    January 1, 1970
    This is total tumblr porn. Milk and Honey is pretty much a dream come true for emo fourteen-year-old girls who spend their spare time browsing deep, meaningful quotes written in pretty fonts like this one:Also: I am going to argue that this is not poetry. Poetry is Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. I know poetry covers a wide range of styles, and I'm not saying free verse isn't poetry. I've read some excellent books by Ellen Hopkins written in free verse, expressing the lives This is total tumblr porn. Milk and Honey is pretty much a dream come true for emo fourteen-year-old girls who spend their spare time browsing deep, meaningful quotes written in pretty fonts like this one:Also: I am going to argue that this is not poetry. Poetry is Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. I know poetry covers a wide range of styles, and I'm not saying free verse isn't poetry. I've read some excellent books by Ellen Hopkins written in free verse, expressing the lives of troubled teens better than most authors could. The writing in this book is barely even free verse. It's a collection of short sentences, words really, broken into segments.i could writea sentencein small-capsand keep hitting enterso it looks coolbut that does not make it poetryIt really concerns me that this is a New York Times bestseller. Is this what people think of poetry nowadays? Granted, Milk and Honey did tackle a lot of tough subjects like abuse, heartbreak, and self-healing, but the poor quality of writing distracted from the message.Some of the verses were outright laughable: when i am sadi don’t cry i pourwhen i am happyi don’t smile i glowwhen i am angryi don’t yell i burn And this one is just too good: the goddess between your legsmakes mouths water Did you really just call women's reproductive organs a "goddess"? I'm still cracking up.Also, why is this book so against women shaving? It acts like men hate hairy women but do you really think the average man sits around thinking, "I would totally date her, but she has leg hair." And don't feed me that "beauty standards are oppressing women" lie. No one is forcing women to go to the store, buy a razor, and shave. I shave because I like my legs to feel smooth. If you feel like your body hair empowers you, go you. If you feel like smooth skin empowers you, go you. I don't want to hear about it either way.The truly sad thing about Milk and Honey is the author actually made some good points. Take this verse about women putting other women down: other women’s bodiesare not our battleground This is a serious issue that could have inspired a beautiful poem with a powerful message, but instead, the author wrote two lines that once again made me feel like I was browsing a teen girl's tumblr page. If you loved this book, cool beans. But I'd much rather read poetry where the writing doesn't retract from every point the author is trying to make.
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    When I was in college I used to cut quotes from magazines and tape them to my door. I would start in the center and by the end of the semester my door would be a work of art. I thought it an intense, dramatic representation of my feelings about love, beauty, and being defined by men (they were boys but I was too young to realize this then). This book reminds me of that. The cover is soft and black. It is a collection of thoughts that are not capitalized or punctuated. It is fragmented. It is hon When I was in college I used to cut quotes from magazines and tape them to my door. I would start in the center and by the end of the semester my door would be a work of art. I thought it an intense, dramatic representation of my feelings about love, beauty, and being defined by men (they were boys but I was too young to realize this then). This book reminds me of that. The cover is soft and black. It is a collection of thoughts that are not capitalized or punctuated. It is fragmented. It is honest. It is passionate. The author is in her early twenties. I admire her passion and I absolutely remember feeling this way: broken by boys, devastated by breakups, dreaming of real love, questioning what it all means. I remember feeling everything intensely. This book would've been my Bible had it been published in 1988. To this middle-aged, long-married mom, it feels a little idealistic. Still, I enjoyed reading it and feel it is a beautiful and brave representation of the author's heart. 3 stars.
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  • Teodora
    January 1, 1970
    This collection of poems is so deeply honest. It says the words so many of us thought of, but never spoke. You can feel every single drop of feeling that ever ran through the veins and pens of the poet. Yet, not just a poet, but a human being. A woman.
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  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    [4.5]“you // are your own // soul mate”This collection of poetry was gorgeous! I read and reread most of the poems. I savoured them. Took as much time as I could with them. They're genuinely hard-hitting, raw, full of emotion and so meaningful. 'milk and honey' is split into four parts, taking the reader on a journey about love and all the forms it manifests into. It speaks about family, absentee parents, cultural standards that are called out for its bullshit, but also leading you into a direct [4.5]“you // are your own // soul mate”This collection of poetry was gorgeous! I read and reread most of the poems. I savoured them. Took as much time as I could with them. They're genuinely hard-hitting, raw, full of emotion and so meaningful. 'milk and honey' is split into four parts, taking the reader on a journey about love and all the forms it manifests into. It speaks about family, absentee parents, cultural standards that are called out for its bullshit, but also leading you into a direction that makes you come to terms with why it exists. Empathy. It speaks of the healthy, passionate type of good love, and the one where you cannot distinguish what's healthy anymore, damaging your soul in the process, but then ultimately you rising to establish and recognising your self-worth. Healing. This collection is strong. Daring. It's empowering. For me it gives a whole new meaning to being selfish: damn fuckin' right, I'll focus on me. I'll prioritise me. My wellbeing, my worth and happiness above anyone else's.
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