Milk and Honey was a total accidental purchase for me. At the time I wasn’t really interested in reading poetry. I was drawn in by the bees on the cover and didn’t even peak inside. I left the shop thinking it was a novel. Boy was I wrong, and I am so glad about that. Milk and Honey is a poetry and prose collection about survival, violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. I would definitely say that there are a few trigger warnings in this book and would suggest that if you find the aforementioned topics, then maybe give this one a miss.
This book is one that is split into four: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. Each part equally as brave, honest and uncensored. Each accompanied by the most simple of line drawings, which set of the poems beautifully.
“if you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise”
Part one looks at physical hurt, pain. It looks at calling for help, but having no one care. Part two has a very different feel to the first. It is sensual and loving. It shows that love renders the soul useless. Part three looks at the journey from heartbreak to happiness and is told with total innocence and passion. Part four is almost the liberation. It discusses independence and identity. It asks you to see out beauty and radiance within yourself and shows the power that loving yourself can have.
I really enjoyed this book and I am incredibly excited for the next collection from Rupi called the sun and her flowers, coming to the UK on the 3rd of October.
I have rated this book 4/5 stars. Have you read Milk and Honey? What did you think about it? Leave your thoughts down below.
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