‘milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ 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.
The first part “the hurting” is sometimes addressed to her father and sometimes to her abuser, but it’s not clear to me if it’s the same person. Either way, the abuse may well be incest because an uncle is also mentionned. Not very pleasant start to this book =/
The second part “the loving” is very erotic. She’s basically talking about a man, a first love, maybe more than one it’s again not very clear (that’s poetry for ya), and all that love can do to your soul and your mind and your body. It’s also the part where I noticed there is absolutely no capital letters in this book, even if there is ponctuation. I wonder why.
The third part “the breaking” must be my favorite because that’s where I got my 3 favorite poems that I will include below. It’s mostly about heartbreak, loss and all that good stuff.
The last part “the healing” is what comes after all the hurt, finding yourself, loving yourself, accepting the imperfection, being a strong independant woman. This is where the author’s feminism shows the most.
A few favorites
Rupi Kaur is also an artist, you can check out her website if you’re interested by her photography projects at www.rupikaur.com