Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

Book - 2015
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"this is the journey of/ surviving through poetry/ this is the blood sweat tears/ of twenty-one years/ this is my heart/ this is/ the hurting/ the loving/ the breaking/ the healing"--From publisher's description.
Publisher: Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews McMeel Publishing, LCC, [2015]
ISBN: 9781449474256
Branch Call Number: PR9199.4.K377 A6 2015x
811 Kaur
Characteristics: 204 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Presents poems that deal with the bitter aspects of love, loss, abuse, violence, and trauma, and celebrates the unstoppable power of grace, healing, and feminine strength.

Poems about surviving the difficult moments in life and even finding ways to thrive and find joy and healing.

Format: poetry. Rupi Kaur's poems -- originally posted on Instagram -- touch on surviving abuse, violence, and loss while celebrating love and femininity.

The first collection of poetry from Instagram sensation, Kaur. She is one of a new generation of poets publishing verse primarily on social media and is currently one of the most popular poets in America.

BostonPL_LauraB Oct 07, 2017

I do not know much about poetry, but this collection had some very beautiful lines in it. I'll share the ones that stuck out to me:

i do not want to have you
to fill the empty parts of me
i want to be full on my own
i want to be so complete
i could could light a whole city
and then
i wa... Read More »

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RyanR_KCMO Sep 16, 2020

Reading this collection of poems was an experience. Kaur’s style is very informal, very short, but very powerful. Her added illustrations often give the lines an intimate, daydreaming quality as if these words were written while sketching and trying to figure something out. This was an amazing look into some very personal experiences and feelings. There is something here that I believe could benefit most people who read it; men, women, or anyone who has lived their own lonely and beautiful experiences.

May 30, 2020

While Milk and Honey is a beautifully written poem I found it was emotionally drained and left me feeling empty and inspired all at once. What I love so much about Rupi Kaur is that when she writes her poems she never edits them so everything yo read is completely raw and to me that’s the only right way to write poetry because you may go back and read your poems and they may not make sense but when you wrote them they did so don’t erase them. Milk and Honey tells a depressing story of a breakup and how Kaur felt about it but in her last chapter it does discuss how things began to lighten up so the poem isn’t entirely dark. I also really enjoyed this poem because the author made it feel very personal for the reader as she doesn’t leave any details out about how she felt. Just be warned it is a little heavy emotionally speaking. 3 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 25, 2020

Milk and Honey is written by Rupi Kaur, a powerful and raw author. I enjoyed flipping through this and connecting to the poems and illustrations. I like that she shares her poetry online, that a huge part of why they're successful is because of how sharable they are. I like that they were about abuse and healing, but also about love and self love. I see this book greatly and I see Rupi Kaur as a great inspiration too. A similar title to this one is Pillow thoughts. It is poetry about loss, life, self love, and self-help. I recommend Milk and Honey because it lets readers who are knew to poetry get a good first impression and learn thoughts and meaning about life.

Aug 17, 2019

I get all the comments for those who didn't like this but at the same time I just don't I love this book it's an empowering moment of how she felt and how expressed her feeling of mourning , emptiness, and sorrow of telling people her broken sides of how she felt how it tore her to a making of aura of something work expressing. She was reminiscing and she her dark past but writing this book was her way of showing her power throughout this poem. Now it might not be the best writing in your eyes but if your and artist and a poet of learning how to conquer and heal she was doing that is soo strong of a book it might be depressing to you but she has been through rape by family she is supposed to trust and the abuse of the heart mind and soul clouding her body all at once in all honesty I recommend this book she earned my five stars she is so strong and I can't wait to read the sun and her flowers of her blooming to something peaceful

Aug 13, 2019

I will now share several of these poems on Facebook

Aug 09, 2019

This is a poetry book full of angst. I like the sentence structure and size of the poems and I like the scribble art work, but the poem content seen to be purely about a breakup and, although teens and twenty-somethings may relate, I found it a bit droll. The author talks about loving yourself and I'm just not sure she does.

Jun 29, 2019

Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" incorporates many messages that need to be said, especially in this era. She often references to themes of feminism, abuse, and empowering oneself which is one of my favorite parts of the book.

That being said, the writing isn't as up to par in my opinion. Many of the poems are very brief (2-3 lines) and feel like captions on social media posts. Being a published book, I expected the prose to evoke emotions, which I felt was lacking. It almost sounded like a conversation I have with my friends. Many of the lines have not left an impact, if anything, poetry should ask for deeper thinking and it feels like I'm scrolling through someone's instagram.

Furthermore, half the book discusses Kaur's breakups; while I don't criticize the idea of venting out frustration through such an event, I think that many of the poems aren't focused on those emotions, rather, spiting other women. At times, some of the poems can sound slightly misogynistic and demean women, which didn't really sit well with me.

However, I can understand why someone would like this book: many enjoy how simple and easy it is to understand, as compared to much of the cryptic poetry out there, and others catch a glimpse of feminism and love the themes. There are some good/decent poems in this book and could be a good fit for poetry beginners or people dipping their feet in the idea of feminism.

Some other common concerns that other readers have had include the images and the topics itself. Personally, the images didn't bother me too much. They actually contributed in conveying the message of the poems, especially the more brief poems. The topics themselves also didn't bother me since I knew what this book was about before I read it.

Jun 22, 2019

See: "RebelBelle13" in this thread of comments for the most accurate (and hilarious) review of this book.
I couldn't possibly have said it better.

Apr 26, 2019

There are many truths in this book that are an empowerment of the Self. "Love Yourself" first, in order to be free to love Life & Others.
Rupi Kaur has a talent with words that brings concepts to the forefront in a few words and lines. She manages to hone into the heart of oneself.
These poems seem to be written for younger women, who could take from these strong words and find the strength to come through their own experiences and be strong. The strength to lean & rely on oneself, to believe in oneself for who we are, is a powerful & strong message that all young women need to hear and believe.

Apr 01, 2019

A must read filled with deep emotional insight.

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Aug 28, 2018

Sexual Content: some descriptions of sexual activity

Aug 16, 2018

Sexual Content: masturbation and sex

Aug 16, 2018

Violence: rape/sexual abuse

lorrainejhays Mar 03, 2017

Sexual Content: Descriptions of sexual activities and lovemaking

lorrainejhays Mar 03, 2017

Violence: Rape

Jul 14, 2016

Violence: Sexual assault

Jul 14, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual content including sexual abuse


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Aug 28, 2018

by the time i am born i have already survived the first battle of my life. against female feticide. i am one of the lucky ones who has been allowed to live. we are taught our bodies are not our property. you will do with them as your parents wish until they pass the property onto your husband and his family.

Aug 28, 2018

my heart woke me crying last night
_how can i help_ i begged
my heart said
_write the book_

Aug 28, 2018

when my mother says i deserve better
i snap to your defense out of habit
_he still loves me_ i shout
she looks at me with defeated eyes
the way a parent looks at their child
when they know this is the type of pain
even they can’t fix

Aug 28, 2018

this is where you must
understand the difference
between want and need
you may want that boy
but you certainly
don’t need him

Aug 28, 2018

you were a dragon long before
he came around and said
you could fly

Jul 14, 2016

“when my mother opens her mouth/ to have a conversation at dinner/ my father shoves the word hush/ between her lips and tells her to/ never speak with her mouth full/ this is how the women in my family/ learned to live with their mouths closed”


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Mar 04, 2019

this book is a great book, it makes you realize so much , it makes you feel the pain after a breakup and shows you how to heal after it and its all in poems I would recommend it , the moral to the book, is being able to go through your problems.

Aug 16, 2018

This book of poems is divided into four "the hurting" useful for women going through problems with abuse/sexual assault.
"the loving" describing her first boyfriend it seems
"The breaking " describing the break up. Super whiney and emotional section.
"the healing" about finding herself and coming to grips with the fact that she has been a whiney B the last 3 sections.

Jul 14, 2016

Milk and Honey is the first poetry collection from Canadian writer Rupi Kaur. The book is divided into four sections, entitled “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking,” and “the healing.” Kaur describes it as “the blood sweat tears/ of twenty-one years.”

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