Milk and Honey: A Poet Takes on Survival and Femininity
Rupi Kaur’s exquisite poetry collection Milk and Honey is a heartbreaking and hopeful tale about what it means to go through hell and come out the other end as a survivor. There are four chapters in Milk and Honey, each of which are devoted to taking the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride thanks to Kaur’s haunting poetry and deft way with imagery. Kaur allows you to experience violence, abuse, love, and loss, all while musing on the power and expectations of femininity. Some of her poems will make you flinch and gasp in horror while others will have you sharing her loss and weeping with her. However, by the end of each of the four chapters, Kaur’s poetry allows readers to delve into the very depths of different heartaches so that they can begin to see the wisdom in all of the pain that the narrator has been through.
Even though many of Kaur’s poems deal with a fairly dark subject matter, Milk and Honey is not all doom and gloom. In fact, by the end of the collection, she shows her readers that every bitter moment in one’s life will always give way to the light, as there is good all around us if we take a moment to see it.