Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

Book - 2015
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milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided 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.
Publisher: Kansas City, Miss. : Andrews McMeel, c2015
ISBN: 9781449474256
Branch Call Number: 811 .6 KAU
Characteristics: 204 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy poetry, and are looking for something that will make you feel. This will make you feel ALL THE FEELINGS.

A collection of poetry and sketches divided by topic: love, breaking, healing, etc.

This was really hard for me to read. I think I was reading it while I was reading something else that was bumming me out. I put it down for several months and finally came back to it. These poems will definitely make you a little squirmy. Kaur doesn't hold back, and it's a bit of a shock sometimes. I found some of the poems to be lovely and relateable. I found some of them to be incredibly sad. Others were very brutal, and eye-opening. The whole collection will definitely make you think. Despite some extremely unsettling poems, and likely experiences, I appreciate that Kaur seemed to end the collection with a reminder to be kind, that we are stronger together as a community, etc. It was lovely, and needed more than ever. I also think she is incredibly brave for sharing these poems, it's a very raw way to share your life and feelings with the world. I've seen criticism that her poetry is quite a lot like Tumblr posts, I see where people are coming from, it is definitely a similar style of writing.. and some of the poems are just two lines long, but I don't feel that it's my job to define poetry. As an ex-art history major I can say that art can be anything, so why can't poetry?

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Wattage
Sep 06, 2018

Very simple and concise poetry which nevertheless conveys a huge amount of deeply personal experience and emotion.
*Not PG and not for the faint of heart.

DBRL_JessicaM Sep 01, 2018

I have never been one to really invest myself into poetry, but I did enjoy this collection. My interests are usually longer fiction and nonfiction pieces. After reading this work, I actually picked up another collection by Shenaia Lucas, for the broken, because I enjoyed Milk and Honey so much.

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

In the foreword the author, writing in her early twenties, describes how she already feels distant from the girl who wrote this book, and yes, the writing feels incredibly young and raw, full of so much more passion than craft. It has its moments, though, and I'm interested in the collection that followed.

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csrestall
Aug 16, 2018

I just could not connect with this book of poems. The author sections this book into four. Each section encompassing a theme of poems. The first section I think was the most important in that it deals with sexual abuse and assault. This book may help women who are also going through the same issues. I could not personally connect but I see how it would be helpful to women who can. In regards to the rest of the book. IT WAS THE MOST WHINEY BOOK I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. It reads like a heartbroken 13 year old's facebook wall. Angsty 3 line poems about how your boyfriend hurt you and he is the most important thing etc. The entire time I was reading this book I just wanted to tell the author to grow a pair of lady balls and get over it. I understand how writing and poetry can help people cope, but this was just terrible, immature and annoying. I agree with the comment below. This is what stands for poetry these days? A waste of time to read if you aren't 13 years old or looking for somthing in regards to abuse.

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Linyarai
Jul 13, 2018

I loved this! I liked the wording and the structure and I resonated with so many of the poems.

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WoodneathAlexa
Jul 11, 2018

I think this would be a good book for readers who are reluctant to try poetry. The book is short and split into parts, which helps it to seem like a quicker read. I enjoyed reading this much more than I thought I would! Each part represents a part of the author's life and tells the story of all the pain and feelings she went through. The reader is able to infer and understand what happened to her just from the deep description of her verses. Kaur was very raw and honest in her work, I like this a lot more than what people might think of as "fluffy" or "traditional" poetry!

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NaMe24
Jul 08, 2018

I don't read poetry often but I found this to be a nice read. Very raw, very accessible to anyone who's been in any romantic/emotional pain. Not the best but definitely worth an hour of your life to read.

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bookycakes
Apr 17, 2018

I enjoyed the storytelling more than the poems. I appreciate the message trying to be sent here, but it's not really anything new. I started to feel the emotion only in The Healing, and only briefly. Still, I have said before that I am not made for poetry, so I don't feel I can judge too harshly based on my limited experience with the genre.

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mclarjh
Apr 07, 2018

Easy to see why this is so popular. Perfect for transmission by social media and "smart" phones.

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

Sexual Content: some descriptions of sexual activity

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csrestall
Aug 16, 2018

Sexual Content: masturbation and sex

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csrestall
Aug 16, 2018

Violence: rape/sexual abuse

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lorrainejhays
Mar 03, 2017

Sexual Content: Descriptions of sexual activities and lovemaking

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lorrainejhays
Mar 03, 2017

Violence: Rape

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shayshortt
Jul 14, 2016

Violence: Sexual assault

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shayshortt
Jul 14, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual content including sexual abuse

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

by the time i am born i have already survived the first battle of my life. against female feticide. i am one of the lucky ones who has been allowed to live. we are taught our bodies are not our property. you will do with them as your parents wish until they pass the property onto your husband and his family.

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

my heart woke me crying last night
_how can i help_ i begged
my heart said
_write the book_

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

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

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

this is where you must
understand the difference
between want and need
you may want that boy
but you certainly
don’t need him

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

you were a dragon long before
he came around and said
you could fly

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shayshortt
Jul 14, 2016

“when my mother opens her mouth/ to have a conversation at dinner/ my father shoves the word hush/ between her lips and tells her to/ never speak with her mouth full/ this is how the women in my family/ learned to live with their mouths closed”

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csrestall
Aug 16, 2018

This book of poems is divided into four "the hurting" useful for women going through problems with abuse/sexual assault.
"the loving" describing her first boyfriend it seems
"The breaking " describing the break up. Super whiney and emotional section.
"the healing" about finding herself and coming to grips with the fact that she has been a whiney B the last 3 sections.

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shayshortt
Jul 14, 2016

Milk and Honey is the first poetry collection from Canadian writer Rupi Kaur. The book is divided into four sections, entitled “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking,” and “the healing.” Kaur describes it as “the blood sweat tears/ of twenty-one years.”

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