While I was off hanging out in Detroit, I got the chance to finally read some books I’ve been meaning to for ages. One of those books is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s a poetry book about her life with a general theme revolving around romantic relationships. I was a bit underwhelmed after having read it. Here’s my thoughts.
Milk and Honey
I came into this book with very high expectations. I had heard so many good, positive things on social media that I was prepared to have my socks blown off. Unfortunately, they remained firmly on my feet. Some of the poetry I have a hard time recognizing as poetry. It seems more like a jumble of artistic notes scribbled in a notebook for inspiration, but somehow that notebook got published without a second thought. After having finished the book, I saw a few people talking about what I have deemed “spacebar poetry” where you just kind of randomly space out a sentence and call it poetry. That’s what a lot of this book felt like. Sure, they were filled with lovely sentiments, but honestly, I could’ve written them. In about 15 seconds. And their conclusions are not that profound.
While the little short poems were not that great, I did enjoy many of the longer poems. The extra room to expand on metaphors and meaning really helped improve the poems. On the opposite page of the poem I posted above is one of my favorites that compares the author to a city:
The other thing that really stood out in this book is the illustrations. They are very simple and profound. Some of the illustrations are incorporated into the poetry really beautifully.
In general, I would recommend this book. It’s a very quick read – an hour or less. The longer, more thought out pieces make up for the shorter, more obvious pieces.
You can buy Milk and Honey on Amazon.
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