Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey is very far outside my scope of normal reading preferences. I read this little gem on the recommendation of a super hipstery coworker who is always into some interesting and unusual things, and since it is SO far outside my norm, I jumped at it, because if you will recall, reading outside my normal boundaries was one of my goals this year.
I am very glad that I picked this little book of poems up, because I found it strangely moving and powerful.
The poems here are not traditional in any sense. They don't have a lot of rhyme or even a lot of structure really. Some of them even seem like tweets gone sideways, but Rupi Kaur does manage to pack an enormous amount of gravitas into each of her short works.
This is not writing for the squeamish, either. Themes of abuse, molestation, rape and sexuality are on every page. This is very much the diary of a young woman trying to cope with some really dark and heavy times in her life, and trying to figure out what it means to her to be a woman, and especially a woman of color in the modern world.
Milk and Honey is definitely a small but mighty book. A book that will kick you in the crotch, punch you in the face and leave you wanting more. One of my favorite reads so far this year.
Final Review: 4/5 bookmarks.