William Wordsworth described poetry as the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey is an excellent demonstration of this, showing just how deep and emotional poetry can be.

Milk and honey is a collection of poetry about loss, love, trauma, healing and femininity. It is split into four chapters. Each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heart ache. It takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey
An Excerpt from Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey

The hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing; these are the four parts of the collection. All four parts hold therapeutic powers. We are shown how fragile we are; then we are shown that we are strong despite how fragile we are.

Reading this was fun; I especially love how simple the writing is, while addressing themes that are sensitive. A lot of the things that had perhaps been going on in your mind and you couldn’t convey in words, this book did that astonishingly. The writing wasn’t burdened by attempt at rhymes or grandiloquence, it was an author pouring out what she felt in a way she knew how to, in a way a lot of people would understand.

Rupi Kaur has shown us that poems do not necessarily have to be rhymed or constructed elaborately to be beautiful. When complexities are removed from the lines and stanzas of poems, what’s left could still be beautiful.

Sometimes we all feel like it’s just us going through some trials. This book shows us that we aren’t alone through all of those trials, it shows us that others have gone through it and survived; it gives hope.

I found a lot of the entries in the collection very relatable. Some felt like the author had shoveled deep into my soul to pour out the contents of the darkest parts. Sometimes I even felt like the author knew me almost as well as I knew myself, with poems that reached parts of me I never knew existed.

The topics some authors shy away from addressing has now been celebrated. Feminism, heartbreak, love; Everything that makes us human that society perceives as weak.

If you’re looking for a poetry collection to read, I would definitely recommend this.

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