Book review – Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Published: November 4, 2014 by Createspace
Format: Paperback
Pages: 204

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is 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.



I really don’t want to jump on the hate train, and I tried so hard to like this poetry collection, but I just didn’t. And I don’t understand the hype surrounding Rupi Kaur.

It’s not that I thought it was badly written, it just didn’t seem at all like poetry to me. I want poetry to be subtle and metaphorical (does that make sense?) and there is nothing subtle about these poems. They are just so in-your-face. These are not poems, they are just random thoughts that popped up in the author’s head and she decided to write them down. It’s nothing that hasn’t been done countless times before, nothing original, nothing that really resonated with me.

I read every poem in the first half of the book and skimmed the rest of it. Some I read out loud because I thought perhaps they would be more meaningful if I heard them instead of reading them. I even got my boyfriend to read some to me. But no, I honestly just didn’t get it.

I don’t want to say these poems are terrible, because obviously Rupi Kaur has a very large following so she must be doing something right. I know that sixteen-year-old me would have absolutely loved these ‘poems’, and I assume that most of Kaur’s fans are in this age range.

If you did enjoy these poems then I couldn’t be more happy for you, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me.

“you look at me and cry
everything hurts

i hold you and whisper
but everything can heal” 

3 thoughts on “Book review – Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

  1. I was thinking of reading this a while back because I wanted to read some modern poetry, and this had so much hype around it, but my friend said pretty much the same thing as you – it didn’t seem like poetry. I did have a flick through it a while back in Waterstones and I felt the same, so I don’t think I’ll be reading the whole collection any time soon.

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