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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agpoetry05
Jun 29, 2019

Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" incorporates many messages that need to be said, especially in this era. She often references to themes of feminism, abuse, and empowering oneself which is one of my favorite parts of the book.

That being said, the writing isn't as up to par in my opinion. Many of the poems are very brief (2-3 lines) and feel like captions on social media posts. Being a published book, I expected the prose to evoke emotions, which I felt was lacking. It almost sounded like a conversation I have with my friends. Many of the lines have not left an impact, if anything, poetry should ask for deeper thinking and it feels like I'm scrolling through someone's instagram.

Furthermore, half the book discusses Kaur's breakups; while I don't criticize the idea of venting out frustration through such an event, I think that many of the poems aren't focused on those emotions, rather, spiting other women. At times, some of the poems can sound slightly misogynistic and demean women, which didn't really sit well with me.

However, I can understand why someone would like this book: many enjoy how simple and easy it is to understand, as compared to much of the cryptic poetry out there, and others catch a glimpse of feminism and love the themes. There are some good/decent poems in this book and could be a good fit for poetry beginners or people dipping their feet in the idea of feminism.

Some other common concerns that other readers have had include the images and the topics itself. Personally, the images didn't bother me too much. They actually contributed in conveying the message of the poems, especially the more brief poems. The topics themselves also didn't bother me since I knew what this book was about before I read it.

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PostModernGrrl
Jun 22, 2019

See: "RebelBelle13" in this thread of comments for the most accurate (and hilarious) review of this book.
I couldn't possibly have said it better.

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FVReader
Apr 26, 2019

There are many truths in this book that are an empowerment of the Self. "Love Yourself" first, in order to be free to love Life & Others.
Rupi Kaur has a talent with words that brings concepts to the forefront in a few words and lines. She manages to hone into the heart of oneself.
These poems seem to be written for younger women, who could take from these strong words and find the strength to come through their own experiences and be strong. The strength to lean & rely on oneself, to believe in oneself for who we are, is a powerful & strong message that all young women need to hear and believe.

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tiffncarter
Apr 01, 2019

A must read filled with deep emotional insight.

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NavieGill
Mar 26, 2019

I loved this book so much that I got my own copy :)

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joianng
Feb 12, 2019

Got me though a really shitty break up. I plan on decorating my house with her art and poetry.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 11, 2019

Very well constructed

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Lwallerius1
Feb 01, 2019

About poems. Didn’t like.

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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.

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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

lorrainejhays Mar 03, 2017

Sexual Content: Descriptions of sexual activities and lovemaking

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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gemmag12
Mar 04, 2019

this book is a great book, it makes you realize so much , it makes you feel the pain after a breakup and shows you how to heal after it and its all in poems I would recommend it , the moral to the book, is being able to go through your problems.

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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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