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This post is all about Rupi Kaur’s literary debut ‘‘milk and honey“.
Her book was first published in 2005, so most of you may know it, have heard about it or have even read it already. Which means that we can have a talk about this wonderful work and can share our thoughts on it.
The daughter of indian immigrants, who grew up in Canada had had some difficulties because of her language barriers, so she began to write and draw. These passions show up in her book. Additional to her poems, she drew powerful sketches with simple lines, that fit her writings just wonderful.
‘‘milk and honey“ was on the New York Times Bestsellerlist for more than 100 weeks, got translated into 35 different languages and was sold more than 3 million times. This strong young woman makes poetry take a come back to a wide public – luckily.
The book is divided into four chapters, called ‘‘the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing“. Each of those chapters has its very own mood and comes up with completely different types of feelings, which you just can not escape and may bring tears to your eyes, as they did with me.
As some kind of a short introduction, a quick view into this wonderful book, I want to give you a glimpse at one of my favourite poems by her:
“you tell me to quiet down cause
My opinions make me less beautiful
But i was not made with a fire in my belly
So i could be put out
I was not made with a lightness on my tongue
So i could be easy to swallow
I was made heavy
Half blade and half silk
Difficult to forget and not easy
Rupi Kaur is a feminist. She is a strong woman who inspires so many other women to love our bodies, ourselves, most importantly our souls. She is talking about self-love and how important it is to never underestimate yourself, but also, about how difficult the path to being okay with yourself.
If you haven’t read the book already, you definately should. If you want to get some first impressions, go visit her Instagram-page (@rupikaur), where she publishes some of her writings and drawings as well. Or maybe you want to read something about her second work ‘‘the sun and her flowers“. You can find my post about that one here [LINK] .
Please let me know what you think about ‘‘milk and honey“ and about your favourite poems (they don’t have to be necessarily by Rupi Kaur, I’m excited to read about your suggestions.
Just leave a comment down here or send me an e-mail!
Thank you so much for reading this and joining my path at the things we read.
Source: Kaur, Rupi. (2015) milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing