STAGGERED BOOK REVIEW OF MILK AND HONEY

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When I heard that one of the nominees for the Man Booker this year was a collection of poetry, I was surprised.  How can a collection of poems compare with some of the rare and beautiful stories that have taken the title before?

But Milk and Honey is exceptional. Every so often you pick up a volume of poems and feel like the poet is speaking your language. Rupi Kaur is such a poet for me.  Concerned with themes of love, loss and feminism, almost every page of poetry was relatable and exquisite – from the short four-line poems to the longer epics charting whole relationships.  I have included some in this review just so you can experience it yourself.

I was inspired by this collection – and have thus made two promises to myself.  The first is to write more poems – because if a volume like this can have this impact on me, then maybe poetry is worth pursuing.  Secondly, I will pick up any volume of poems that resonates with me like this.

I haven’t read the title that eventually won – Lincoln in the Bardo – but I have picked up Kaur’s second volume of poetry. And that says something powerful.

 

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2 comments

  1. STAGGERED BOOK REVIEW OF MILK AND HONEY
    ” and have thus made two promises to myself. The first is to write more poems ”

    I’ll look forward to it!

    Glad to see you are reading more stuff for pleasure instead of all that work-related stuff about penguins and mice. (those two books in particular bring back some very bad memories for me!)
    Anyway, happy new year.

    1. Hahahaha. I thought this might be you.
      There’s a work book review coming… lol. But yes, needed some pleasure reading. No cheese or penguins this time though!
      And many poems on their way – some of which are definitely owed to you.

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