Warnings: sex, rape, molestation, abuse.
Author: Rapi Kaur
‘milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. 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.’
As a feminist, I saw poetry from this on all of my favourite blogs and knew I had to read it. This is absolutely gorgeous and I encourage everyone to read it. (This may also not be a very long review as this wasn’t a very long book).
Kaur’s poetry not only highlights the pain of women and girls worldwide, but also what WOC have to go through when pressured to Eurocentric beauty standards. If you are a feminist, or trying to understand feminists, please read this. I read this in the afternoon that I got it, simply because of the short nature of the poetry and how much I was enjoying it.
The illustrations are also beautiful. I enjoy drawing and art, so these especially added to the overall experience of the book and helped me to fill in the blanks around the poem and the situation in which they were set. If you read and liked One (if you haven’t read it, find my review here) the format here is very similar, with the same unhidden emotion. I’m one of the people who tends to feel emotion more through poetry than in narrative storylines – I’m not quite sure why. This resulted in me becoming very invested, very quickly.
In this time, with a rape-y sweet potato as leader of the Free World, we need to band together – not just as women, but as people – to protect our rights, and the rights of those coming after us. Resist and revolt.