Milk & Honey

Hello, from wherever you are reading this! I hope you have had a fantastic week, and if you are on Spring Break or just got back from Spring Break, I hope it was fun and enjoyable. Today’s blog is about a poetry book I checked out a couple of weeks ago that is quite popular. I don’t have too many comments to add, but I did share some of the poems I did enjoy, via pictures. I write book reviews and lifestyle articles three days a week, so let’s begin. 

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I’d say this is my favorite one, to date.
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This one is in my top five from this book.

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Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur is a telling insight on her personal life, that she reveals via poetry. You can read this via digital books, hardback, and paperback. I checked it out via hardback and was able to read it within three days. Originally published in 2016, Kaur also released another book in November of 2017, The Sun and her flowers. 

The book is divided into four, heartfelt parts: The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, The Healing. With the poems written in the English language, but with her style of poetry being formatted within the Punjabi style, there is no punctuation or capitalization. I was bothered by this, because English is my first language, I enjoy structure. Read what                                                                                      Kaur answers about this question:

“although i can read and understand my mother tongue (punjabi) i do not have the skill set to write poetry in it. to write punjabi means to use gurmukhi script. and within this script there are no uppercase or lowercase letters. all letters are treated the same. i enjoy how simple that is. how symmetrical and how absolutely straightforward.”

It took till the end of the second part, for me to become comfortable with the different style. The poems themselves (along with the art work) is heart felt, and open. The only parts I was able to relate to, were poems about heartache. I took pictures of the ones that related to me, and shared with friends ones I knew would relate with them.

Pictured through out this blog, are some of my favorites.

 

I usually read a poetry book every three to four months.

My biggest issue with poetry in general, is reading it in a similar style and symmetry. This book allowed me to read the poems in a new style, refreshing my love with writing. A friend of mine, Keith Williams, published his first poetry book in late February. I will be writing a poetry book review of his book  for the month of April!

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 If you have read this book, what are your opinions?   Let me know in the comments, and i wish you all the best!

Cheers,
Danielle (link to Facebook Page)

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2 Replies to “Milk & Honey”

  1. I have a copy of this, and I had mixed feelings about it too, largely because of, just as you pointed out, the structure. I’m very particular with form, and my understanding of poetry is still largely influenced by traditional ones. But I still managed to enjoy this! I especially appreciated the feminism themes.

    Wonderful review! I really enjoyed reading your insights. 😊🌻

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