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Milk and Honey

Tori Hollenbeck, Staff Writer

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Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose that exposes dark, emotional pieces of the author’s experience through her 21 years of living. It is broken into four parts; “The Hurting”, “The Loving”, “The Breaking”, and “The Healing”, each containing poetry about a completely different experience and emotion.

Rupi Kaur’s straightforward quality and total vulnerability in her writing allows readers to truly relate to the feelings she expresses. For the readers who have been through the same or similar experiences, reading this helps show them that they are not alone and that their feelings are normal and valid. For readers who maybe can’t relate to some of the things written about in this book, perhaps it will open the door for them to be more compassionate towards those who can, and allow them to have a better understanding of how they feel.

The first part of the book is called “The Hurting”. In this section of Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur tells of her chilling experiences with sexual assault and her very broken family dynamic, especially her relationship, or lack thereof, with her father. This part of the book is quite dark and difficult to get through–one of the poems being “You were so afraid/Of my voice/I decided to be afraid of it too”–but the poetry is very well-written all the same.

“The Loving” is a far more upbeat section. In this piece of the book, Kaur paints a beautiful picture of all different forms of love, including motherly love, infatuation, intimacy, the feeling of being loved by someone, as well as what she hopes to have in a lover. The poems are tender and romantic and can be read by couples to remind themselves why they are in love or to express their feelings to one another when they can’t quite find the words themselves. “The Loving” was a beautiful expression of what the different variations of love I previously listed feel like.

“The Breaking” brings us back to some of Rupi Kaur’s more poignant experiences. This part of the book gives the reader a good grasp on the way it feels to have your heart broken, either by way of a breakup, being used, having your emotions toyed with, experiencing unrequited love, having to let someone go, missing someone, not seeing what someone was or what their intentions were until it was too late, or not being appreciated. One of her poems discusses the prominence of toxic relationships, saying, “Neither of us is happy/But neither of us wants to leave/So we keep breaking one another/And calling it love.”  Anyone who has ever been hurt before by someone will definitely identify with the poems in “The Breaking”.

The final section of Milk and Honey is “The Healing”. This section accomplishes what seems to be Kaur’s overall goal for this book. “The Healing” is full of poems that empower women to accept and welcome themselves as they are, not to look to other people to find their worth, and to find value in themselves regardless of anything they’ve gone through. Kaur’s poems within this section are especially important for all women; especially young women to read because the message it conveys is so very important for them to understand. 

Overall, Milk and Honey is a fantastic book. It is an extremely well-written and moving expression of the important feelings and experiences that many women go through. Starting with the hurt of being sexually assaulted and having a dysfunctional family life, Rupi Kaur takes the readers on a roller coaster through the joys of being in love, the sorrows of having one’s heart broken, and then ends it wonderfully by sending a message of self-love and empowerment.

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