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Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

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Publisher: Andrews McMeel Pub., 2015
ISBN: 9781449478650
1449478654
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360

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Not as new, but pertinent to our times, 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.


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blatherpuss
May 20, 2021

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InnisfilTeenReads Mar 30, 2021

"Milk and Honey" tells the story of the author's journey through "love, loss, trauma, abuse, healing and femininity". The stories told in each line of this book bring a sense of understanding to the harsh realities women face in today's society. Each chapter covers topics that depend on the other: the Hurting, the Loving, the Breaking and the Healing. "Other women's bodies / Are not our battlegrounds" from "the Healing" speaks about the process of growing to love not only yourself, but those around you. I enjoyed this book because of my ability to relate to it. Most books you'd come across are poems about fantasy lives, and Romeo and Juliet. This book is perfect for anyone looking to enlighten themselves in the world around them, or for those looking to heal through art.

Similar titles include: "The Sun and Her Flowers" and "Homebody" by Rupi Kaur, "Pillow Thoughts" by Courtney Peppernell, and "The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One" by Amanda Lovelace. - Sybille

I can see how why so many people loved milk and honey, however upon finishing this book of poetry, I realized quickly that this kind of "Instagram" poetry is definitely not for me.

Milk and honey is a collection of poetry discussing significant topics such as abuse, the cycle of abuse, trauma, consent, healing, sexuality, love, loss and womanhood. All compelling subjects, however milk and honey didn't drive home these important messages in a meaningful and in an impactful way.

While I found myself liking one or two poems in the book- the majority of them are vague, repetitive, overly simplistic and lacked general creativity and decisiveness.

Illustrations accompany these poems in the form of minimalistic line drawing, and much like most of Kaur's poems - they feel incomplete and only used as filler to take up space on the page.

Overall, I don't think Rupi Kaur's milk and honey was bad, it was just not for me - at least not what I look for in poetry.

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LycheeLily
Jan 27, 2021

Beautiful. This poetry collection by Rupi Kaur absolutely stunned me (I’ve already read it twice and am looking forward to reading it more before I return it to the library). Her writing explores relationships we as humans have (like romantic ones, those we have with ourselves, and some between parents and child) and the pain and healing that comes along with them. Each chapter of the book addresses a different heartache while also revealing the power that can be gained. I recommend this magnificent book to anybody dealing with a breakup with a romantic partner, anybody struggling with self-love, and anybody interested in reading some deep poetry about human relationships.

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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 30, 2020

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a beautifully written book full of well-developed poems. I enjoyed following through the four stages of what seems like a woman’s life, in contrast to almost the five stages of grief. As opposed to completely breaking down in grieving someone, Kaur writes through the stages of breaking and abuse because of someone. It then leads to learning to love and accept yourself as a woman, growing and learning from your experiences. Although not targeted at a young demographic due to the conversation of sexual assault, I believe teenagers 16+ should delve into the book and the traumas that surround it. It allows individuals who went through similar trauma and abuse in their lifetime to relate, giving a sense of comfort. As Kaur writes from personal experience, she speaks to women to let them know it is okay that they went through a similar scenario as her. That they are strong women who can do anything they put their mind to, despite it being a man's world. This book is rich and powerful and truly deserves a 5-star rating. -@tigercats04 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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

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creativegirly123
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.

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BlueWolfJin
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

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bookpusher
Aug 13, 2019

I will now share several of these poems on Facebook

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heyitscori
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.

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

Sexual Content: some descriptions of sexual activity

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csrestall
Aug 16, 2018

Sexual Content: masturbation and sex

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csrestall
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

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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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andreareads
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.

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

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

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andreareads
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

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andreareads
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

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2018

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

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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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gemmag12
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.

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csrestall
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.

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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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