A collection of poems of feminity, love, loss, trauma and healing.
Firstly, I realise that splodge of god knows what is ruining the aesthetic of the book but let's just allow that to slide. My friend bought me milk and honey a few months ago and as I sat in the car while my boyfriend drove to do some errands, I thought I'd have a proper read rather than leave it to be a book you'd flick through from time to time. This is certainly a book to do just that, really sit down and read the words from start to finish.
It's written by an artist, speaker and writer, Rupi Kaur. I had never heard of her before but I wish I had done a long time ago. Her writing is guaranteed to move you, possibly to tears or at least close to. It's raw and completely stunning.
I read about her background and found it fascinating how her writing may not have been given the chance to be shared. After asking her creative professor how to get her writing published, he told her it was too difficult. What a way to shatter someone's dreams - imagine being told that something you have a true passion for couldn't be celebrated in the way you'd love it to be.
But nevertheless milk and honey was born; a collection of breathtaking poems with many being a reflection of Rupi's life experiences. Some incredibly painful, some leaving you like you've been punched in the stomach, others offering hope, but there's something so empowering about her sharing them in this completely personal and beautiful book.
It's separated into four chapters; the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. Each one serves a different purpose, to heal a different pain. I must admit the first section was the hardest to read, showing the deep sorrow and pain that people go through with rape and oppression. The poems range from a few lines to being more in depth and descriptive. I began folding over the pages of the poems which really struck a cord with me. And I can tell you, nearly half the book has been left this way.
Th illustrations were also something I loved in this book, complimenting pages and adding to the emotion that poured from them. The collection is one that I think every person should find an hour to read, it's one of those books I'd add to the list of life-changing reads. It completely sucks you in and makes you think hard about life's struggles, the pain, the guilt and most importantly the healing.
"...you can find sweetness everywhere if you are willing to look."
Have you read milk and honey?