Why You Need To Read ‘Milk and Honey’
By Alycia McNamara
If you haven’t heard of ‘Milk and Honey’ by Rupi Kaur, then where have you been… seriously?
Rupi Kaur’s debut poetry collection is a life changing read. This poetry book will fill you with love and sadness while resonating with the waves of emotion that come with life. Although only a short read, Kaur’s poems will leave you desperate to read and re read them, each time noticing something different. The book is a universal read and has a personal and unique meaning to each reader. It is divided into four sections: The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and The Healing as you are taken on a journey with the author through pain and towards self-love.
The book is based largely around Kaur’s own life and features themes of violence, abuse, sexual assault, love, loss, and the female experience. Kaur writes with a deep emotional understanding and acceptance of the challenges we may be put through in life and helps the reader to come to terms with this. ‘Milk and Honey’ is a #1 Times Bestseller and has been translated into over 40 languages since it was first published in 2014. Kaur’s work rose to fame though the use of social media platforms and has since became a form of ‘fashion poetry’ associated with social media trends. This has resulted in Kaur being known as an ‘Instapoet’.
‘Milk and Honey’ will make you realize things about yourself that you may not have noticed, it will bring emotion to the surface and will teach you life lessons. You will finish the read feeling empowered, the beautiful illustrations in the book will deepen your understanding of the meaning of Kaur’s words. This book makes the perfect gift for a friend going through a hard time or for yourself if you are feeling down. ‘Milk and Honey’ is one of those books which will mean something different to you every time you read it and at different points in your life. For this reason, your bookshelf should not be without a copy of this incredible and comforting poetry collection.