Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

Book - 2015
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Milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided 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.--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Kansas City, Missouri :, Andrews McMeel Publishing,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781449474256
144947425X
Characteristics: 204 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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Linyarai
Jul 13, 2018

I loved this! I liked the wording and the structure and I resonated with so many of the poems.

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WoodneathAlexa
Jul 11, 2018

I think this would be a good book for readers who are reluctant to try poetry. The book is short and split into parts, which helps it to seem like a quicker read. I enjoyed reading this much more than I thought I would! Each part represents a part of the author's life and tells the story of all the pain and feelings she went through. The reader is able to infer and understand what happened to her just from the deep description of her verses. Kaur was very raw and honest in her work, I like this a lot more than what people might think of as "fluffy" or "traditional" poetry!

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NaMe24
Jul 08, 2018

I don't read poetry often but I found this to be a nice read. Very raw, very accessible to anyone who's been in any romantic/emotional pain. Not the best but definitely worth an hour of your life to read.

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bookycakes
Apr 17, 2018

I enjoyed the storytelling more than the poems. I appreciate the message trying to be sent here, but it's not really anything new. I started to feel the emotion only in The Healing, and only briefly. Still, I have said before that I am not made for poetry, so I don't feel I can judge too harshly based on my limited experience with the genre.

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mclarjh
Apr 07, 2018

Easy to see why this is so popular. Perfect for transmission by social media and "smart" phones.

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anitalee6923
Mar 24, 2018

Painfully true and relatable

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singidunum_25
Mar 11, 2018

Her words are painfully true...If you think that you are not a poetry person like me, think again, because this is not a typical poetry book either.

" There is no bigger illusion in the world
than the idea that a woman will
bring dishonour into a home
if she tries to keep her heart
and her body safe...."

Who can not relate to that?
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/video/145352/how-poet-rupi-kaur-became-a-hero-to-millions-of-young-women

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CarleeMcDot
Mar 09, 2018

I'll be honest, sometimes when friends mention books, I jump on the library's website and see if there is a wait list for the title. If there's a wait list I blindly assume it's a good book and jump in line. That's what happened with this book (which I knew absolutely nothing about until I picked it up). It's actually a collection of poems about love, loss, trauma, abuse, healing, love and femininity. The book is broken into four chapters, each dealing with a different theme. Since some of the poems are only a few lines long, this was an extremely fast read (maybe an hour total). It sort of reminded me of tweets or Facebook status posts. For going in completely blind and having zero expectations, I enjoyed it. I would give it a 7 out of 10.

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EarleneGlasgow
Mar 02, 2018

A collection of brutally honest poems based on sexuality, love, loss, trauma, and loneliness.

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RebelBelle13
Feb 19, 2018

What. Is. This. Why is this a best-seller? I'm very confused. Perhaps this comes across better as spoken, with bongo drums in the background, in a dark coffee shop with beatniks snapping their fingers. Here's a prime example of this "modern poetry":
the abused
and the
abuser
-i have been both
???????????????????????
I could write better poetry in the bathroom. If it sounds like I'm angry, it's because I am. THIS is what passes for poetry nowadays? How ridiculously sad. Here, I'll write something just like it, completely off the cuff, for your enjoyment:
the door
caused a ripple
in my heart
when you slammed it
and shut
me
out
- when you left

There, take that and put it in a book. Do I get to make money now?

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lorrainejhays
Mar 03, 2017

Sexual Content: Descriptions of sexual activities and lovemaking

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lorrainejhays
Mar 03, 2017

Violence: Rape

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shayshortt
Jul 14, 2016

Violence: Sexual assault

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shayshortt
Jul 14, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual content including sexual abuse

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shayshortt
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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shayshortt
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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