Milk and HoneyBook - 2015
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Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. 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 tak... Read More »
Through sparse text, Milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartach... Read More »
Milk & Honey has been getting a lot of attention in the last year or so; it's a great book about healing, abuse, love, and womanhood. I loved that illustrations went with every poem... in "poetry" communities it sometimes gets flack because it's not always the most "poetic"... Read More »
JCLChrisK Jul 17, 2017
Direct, raw, vulnerable, and brief poems about growing up female and loving as a woman. Highly accessible, passionate, and relatable.
JCLEmmaF Feb 03, 2017
I happened to come across this book in a tiny bookstore in San Diego after searching for
months elsewhere. Goodreads says "milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival." Kaur definitely stares down difficult subjects such as abuse and broken families, yet she is ab... Read More »
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by the time i am born i have already survived the first battle of my life. against female feticide. i am one of the lucky ones who has been allowed to live. we are taught our bodies are not our property. you will do with them as your parents wish until they pass the property onto your husband and his family.
my heart woke me crying last night
_how can i help_ i begged
my heart said
_write the book_
when my mother says i deserve better
i snap to your defense out of habit
_he still loves me_ i shout
she looks at me with defeated eyes
the way a parent looks at their child
when they know this is the type of pain
even they can’t fix
this is where you must
understand the difference
between want and need
you may want that boy
but you certainly
don’t need him
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This book of poems is divided into four "the hurting" useful for women going through problems with abuse/sexual assault.
"the loving" describing her first boyfriend it seems
"The breaking " describing the break up. Super whiney and emotional section.
"the healing" about finding herself and coming to grips with the fact that she has been a whiney B the last 3 sections.