Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Year: 2014
Pages: 204
Dates Read: May 4-5, 2017
Format: Paperback
Genres: P
Rating: ★★★★★
Review: I love this book.  In it are so many poems that affected me so much that I cried more than once in a single sitting while reading this collection.  It’s separated into four chapters: “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking,” and “the healing.”  All of the ones that touched me the most deeply are from the chapter on healing.  Normally with poetry, I list my favorite poems, but with this book there are so many (and most of them don’t really have titles).  I’ll just list my absolute favorite poems/excerpts that I found the most visceral–the excerpts will be in single quotation marks.

  • loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself (153)
  • it takes grace / to remain kind / in cruel situations (160)
  • fall / in love / with your solitude (161)
  • to be / soft / is / to be / powerful (166)
  • accept yourself / as you were designed (172)
  • other women’s bodies / are not our battlegrounds (175)
  • apparently it is ungraceful of me / to mention my period in public / cause the actual biology / of my body is too real // it is okay to / mention its inner workings // the recreational use of / this body is seen as / beautiful while / its nature is / seen a ugly (177)
  • ‘i want to apologize to all the women / i have called pretty / before i called them intelligent or brave’ (179)
  • you look at me and cry / everything hurts // i hold you and whisper / but everything can heal (181)
  • if the hurt comes / so will the happiness – be patient (182)
    • I love how Kaur uses the titles as lines in the poetry sometimes.
  • we are all born / so beautiful // the greatest tragedy is / being convinced we are not (183)
  • how you love yourself is / how you teach others / to love you (186)
  • some people / are so bitter // to them / you must be kindest (190)
  • ‘most importantly love / like it’s the only thing you know how…nothing even matters / except love and human connection / who you loved / and how deeply you loved them / how you touched the people around you / and how much you gave them’ (198)
  • if you are not enough for yourself / you will never be enough / for someone else (197)
  • you must / want to spend / the rest of your life / with yourself / first (198)


You can find this in print at The Book Depository, on the Kindle at Amazon, or at your local library. You can read more about it and find similar books on Goodreads.

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