Sunday, July 17, 2016

Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Pages: 208
Format: E-book
Published: October, 2015
Price: $7.99 -> Rp104.289 (Amazon)
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Date started: July 14, 2016 - Date finished: July 14, 2016

The book is divided 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.

Milk and Honey is a collection of poems by Rupi Kaur. The first poetry book I read was Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav and then I read Aan Mansyur's Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini and I actually quite enjoyed both of them but this one takes the cake because I enjoyed this one better than both of those. In this book, the author divided the poems into four parts, which are the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing. The chapters kind of outline what the poems inside those different chapters are about like for example the healing chapter consisted of poems about dealing with hurt whether from heartbreaks or any other type of hurt.

After reading the poems in this book I was sort of wondering whether the poems are works of fiction or inspired by real events of the author or witnessed by the authors because all of the poems in this book just felt very raw, real and at times heartfelt. Of course a little disclaimer some if not most of the poems are very graphic and depicted sex, nudity, etc. so this poetry book is definitely intended for mature audiences. I'm not one like a huge fan of poetry or some kind of poetry enthusiast or whatever you call it but this book was by far the only poetry book I can really relate to content-wise and theme-wise (not to say that I've been experiencing a major heartbreak or anything) it's just that I think readers can easily immerse themselves into this book because of how deep and beautiful the poems inside are.
i don't know what living a balanced life feels like
when i am sad
i don't cry i pour
when i am happy
i don't smile i glow
when i am angry
i don't yell i burn

the good thing about feeling in extremes is
when i love i give them wings
but perhaps that isn't
such a good thing cause
they always tend to leave
and you should see me
when my heart is broken
i don't grieve
i shatter
Since I've read only Lang Leav's work of poetry in terms of english poetry, I can say that if Lang Leav's poetry is more on the romantic side of love and kind of sappy for my taste. Rui Kaur writes poetry in a way that as I've said before felt raw, real, heartfelt and deep (at least for me anyway). So you can say that I like Rupi Kaur's poetry better than Lang Leav's. In terms of the poems, I really like the shorter ones than the longer ones better like collectively, I enjoyed the shorter ones more than the long-sentenced-like-a-story ones.

The format of the poetry book is also quite unique. First, all of the poems and their titles are written in a lowercase format and the title of the poetry is written below the poem so we read the poem first and then know what the title of that poem was. This format at times can be quite confusing because (I think, and don't quote me on this) not all of the poem have a title so when I was reading I would have to go back and forth to find out which poem goes with which title. This could be all my fault because I'm bad at reading poetry books and maybe you didn't have this problem or it could be because I was reading an e-book of this and you know how sometimes e-readers cut off pages differently than physical books. That could be it? I mean I don't know, maybe.

Second, as with any poetry books (well the ones I've read anyways) have some sort of additional media to help readers enjoy the poetry more. Lang Leav's has illustrations, Aan Mansyur has photographs in his newest poetry book but in Rupi Kaur, she actually inserted doodles, I don't know if the drawings in this book is considered illustrations or just doodles or drawings. I'm not saying this because I think they're bad or something because it actually fits with the poems. I'm just saying this because the drawings or doodles seemed rough and rugged that's all. Later on when I've finished the book and read the "about the author" page I found out that Rupi Kaur is actually also an artist with works displayed in prestigious galleries and all that jazz. So I think the drawings were just her art style.
[...] if it is meant to be. fate will bring us back together. for a second i wonder if you are really that naive. if you really believe fate works like that. as if it lives in the sky staring down at us. as if it has five fingers and spends its time placing us like pieces of chess. as if it is not the choices we make. who taught you that. tell me. who convinced you. you've been given a heart and a mind that isn't yours to use. that your actions do not define what will become of you. i want to scream and shout it's us you fool. we're the only ones that can bring us back together. [...]
In the end, I would love to someday own a physical copy of this book for my collection and re-read them sometime. If any of you wants to read this poetry book just make sure that you're comfortable with graphic content and descriptions of nudity and sex.

That's all for now!

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