Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

By Nikita Bathija

Poetry has so much depth; it’s difficult to judge but always leaves you thinking.

Canadian writer Rupi Kaur debuts with a self-published collection of poems in Milk & Honey. ‘Milk and honey’ is the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters. Each chapter serves a different purpose. It deals with a different pain. It heals a different heartache. Milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the bitterest moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Enter a caption”Nothing is safer than the sound of you reading out to me” – ‘The Perfect Date’

As you go through every chapter; there is a sense of progression from bad to better states. Minimalism is prominent throughout the book with the two-colour theme and clean pages. The fact that there are no capital letters at the start of every sentence is aesthetically pleasing. The illustrations are simple doodling and to the point and require no analysis. They will not distract you from the poems.

While this accounted for my favourite poem in the whole book, the others gave me chills down the spine. This book precisely explains Kaur’s inspiration that drives her to write. Simplicity and Depth, two contrasting connotations make this book what it is. Kaur manages to fit an ocean of feelings a woman goes through into a 40 minute read. It compels you to make peace with yourself. The human body is beautiful and does not have to be perfect is the experience you will take away from the book.

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