Milk and Honey
2014, 204 pages
Rupi Kaur is a young poet who was thrown into the spotlight when a university photo project image of her lying in bed with menstrual blood stains on her pajamas and sheets was banned by Instagram. Her protest with the social media outlet expanded her followers by thousands and her already successful book of poetry became a bestseller. Her work is very socially conscious, exploring race, femininity, abuse, love, heartbreak and identity.
Milk and Honey is a self-published book of raw, eloquent poetry and prose. Her work is part memoir, part activism. Each poem broke my heart and left me reaching for the healing that she carves out of her world at the end. Kaur is a spoken-word artist, and her writing reflects the rhythms of a stage, but translates well enough to paper that the reader does not feel too strongly that they have missed the sense of the poetry. Those interested in feminist love stories, inner strength narratives and powerful writing will find what they are looking for in Kaur’s poetry.
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