Book Review: "milk and honey" by rupi kaur

I am not the biggest reader of poetry.  It intimidates me.  I feel like I will fail at reading it; as though just the mere fact that it is poetry means that I won’t understand it.  I am working through my own insecurities and exploring genres that I don’t read very much, kind of like a personal project of sorts.  I had been seeing this book on various bookish-friends threads, and I was curious.  Even better, sometimes they included a photo of a poem that touched them in some way… which is great in building an understanding of said bookish-friend, but also in that I could see a glimpse of the poetry style.  And I was intrigued.

You see, the poems that I saw on Litsy or Instagram or what have you reached me.  They may have only been 3 lines, they may have been a page, but they stopped me in my scrolling.  I read them twice, three times.  I understood it.

So I put myself on the waiting list at the library, and it finally came.  I didn’t know that this was poetry, but of course it is.  It is so raw, so emotional, so beautiful that I just, I don’t know.  It grabbed me.  I want to send people copies of this book (and in fact already have).  I don’t want to return it to the library.  This may have opened a whole new world for me, honestly.  I hope you read it too.

milk and honey
by rupi kaur
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015
208 pages
Source:  Library

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