Milk and Honey Book Cover Milk and Honey
Rupi Kaur
Poetry
Createspace
November 4th 2014
Paperback, Kindle
204

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.

 

This is the first book poetry I am reading and as I do not feel qualified to judge the way the poems were written, or what techniques were used and so on I will base my judgement only on what it delivered to me and how I felt. And just to warn you I will get a little bit more personal…

TRIGGERS: rape, abuse

 
The Review

 

the therapist places the doll
in front of you
it is the size of girls
your uncles like touching

point to where his hands were

you point to the spot
between its legs the one
he fingered out of you
like a confession

how’re you feeling

you pull the lump
in your throat out
with your teeth
and say fine
numb really
– midweek session


sex takes the consent of two
if one person is lying there not doing anything
cause they are not ready
or not in the mood
or simply don’t want to
yet the other is having sex
with their body it’s not love
it is rape



our knees
pried open
by cousins
and uncles
and men
our bodies touched
by all the wrong people
that even in a bed full of safety
we are afraid


It is really difficult to speak up about rape, regardless if you are a woman or a man or a child. This is an act that is so lethal that kills you slowly by keeping your hands locked and your mouth shut. It takes a great effort to be able to overcome it and speak about it without feeling guilty and put all the blame on you.

The collection is divided into 4 parts:

the hurting

the loving

the breaking

the healing

The author takes us to a journey not only filled with pain and suffering but redemption and survival and how to learn to love your self again. It is a roller-coaster full with emotions, anger, repulsion but also love, acceptance and healing.  

 The courage the bravery to pour your soul out like the author did was what I appreciated the most. The poetry crude and true as it is, the feelings the state of mind no hidden naked and exposed for everyone to see and judge. 

Everything about it felt true and relatable, at least to me. As I myself have been a victim in the past. The process of recovery is long and bumpy as the author has represented it, but it does not breaks you, it only bends you. 

The only reason I gave it 4 stars out of 5 was because at some point it felt a little bit too bland, however it left a strong imprint on me and I am really glad that I picked this up.

 

if you were born with
the weakness to fall
you were born with
the strength to rise


About the author 

Rupi KaurRupi Kaur is a writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. With a focus in poetry, she released her first book of prose and poems in November 2014. Throughout her poetry, photography, illustrations, and creative direction she engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. When she is not writing or creating art, she is travelling internationally to perform her spoken word poetry, as well as hosting writing workshops. You can find more of her work at www.rupikaur.com

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