- Series: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Reprint edition (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144947425X
- ISBN-13: 978-1449474256
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,531 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Milk and Honey
Rupi Kaur's milk and honey, is a New York Times bestselling collection of poetry and prose about survival, 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 takes listeners 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.
About the Author
Rupi Kaur is one of new york times bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. She started drawing at the age of five when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said—draw your heart out. Rupi views her life as an exploration of that artistic journey. After completing her degree in rhetoric studies she published her first collection of poems milk and honey in 2014. The internationally acclaimed collection sold well over a million copies gracing the New York Times bestseller list every week for over a year. It has since been translated into over thirty languages. Her long-awaited second collection the sun and her flowers was published in 2017. Through this collection she continues to explore a variety of themes ranging from love. Loss. Trauma. Healing. Femininity. Migration. Revolution. Rupi has performed her poetry across the world. Her photography and art direction are warmly embraced and she hopes to continue this expression for years to come.
"At age 24, Rupi Kaur has been called the voice of her generation." (USA Today)
“Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years … Her work is simply but powerfully expressed, and viscerally captures both universal human experience and the particular struggles of a young woman today." (Huffington Post)
Rupi’s poetry is simple, relatable, gorgeous, and grounded in the everyday experiences of young women. (Rachel Grate, Hello Giggles)
"A must-have poetry collection about healing and hope." (Bustle)
Rupi Kaur's first book, Milk and Honey is the poetry collection every woman needs on her nightstand or coffee table. Accompanied by her own sketches, the beautifully honest poems read like the everyday, collective experiences of today's modern woman. (Erin Spencer, Huffington Post)
“Discussing themes of love, loss, and healing, Milk and Honey finds a way to connect to every reader. “ (Business Insider)
"Milk and Honey brings any tormented reader to an enlightened state of self-reflection that may have taken years to accomplish alone.”
The honest words of Rupi Kaur leave you continuously wanting more as she writes with eloquence and poise. Her work will send you to past thoughts and realities you might not have known you had.
(Sienna Brown, WildSpice Magazine)
Rupi Kaur’s writing echoes of artistry and wisdom which is seen in the work of those that have been writing for years. (Samira Sawlani, Media Diversified)
About the Author
Rupi Kaur is a poet, artist, and performer. Her works have taken the literary world by storm. Her second book, the sun and her flowers—an instant global bestseller, is an artistic sibling to her debut, milk and honey—one of America's bestselling books of 2017.
“i am the product of all the ancestors getting together and deciding these stories need to be told.”
Rupi sees her work as an articulation of this vision. She’s an eternal artist. At the age of five, her mother handed her a paintbrush and said, “draw your heart out.” At seventeen, she happened upon a local open mic night where she performed her first spoken word poem. She fell in love with performance poetry that night. Rupi continued performing across Canada, while building a community of readers and poetry enthusiasts. While studying at the University of Waterloo, Rupi wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first collection, milk and honey. In the years since, milk and honey has become an international phenomenon. It’s sold over 3 million copies, been translated into more than 35 languages, and landed as a #1 New York Times bestseller—where it has spent more than 100 consecutive weeks.
“i am the first woman in my lineage with freedom of choice. to craft her future whichever way i choose. say what is on my mind when i want to. without the whip of the lash. there are hundreds of firsts i am thankful for.”
Rupi explores a variety of themes in her work ranging from love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration, and revolution. She’s a storyteller and chronicler—a repository of community and history. There’s a simplicity and nuance to her work that has found a home in the hearts of millions. This magic is captured in her stage performances, which are magnetic musical interactions of poetry, art, and theater. Rupi's long-awaited second collection, the sun and her flowers, was published in 2017 and debuted as a #1 global bestseller. Within the first three months it sold a million copies and was embraced by readers worldwide. She’s a Forbes 30 under 30, an editor of the 2016 Mays Literary Anthology of New Writing from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and one of BBC’s 100 Women. Rupi hopes to continue her artistic exploration through art and poetry—searching for ways to understand and articulate.
on the sacrifices
of a million women before me thinking
what can i do
to make this mountain taller so the women after me
can see farther
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Either Rupi Kaur is running the biggest poetry scam of all time or this was the most over hyped book in existence. This was honestly one of those books that halfway through I thought, really? I could have written this. The majority of the "poems" are like 10 words or less. This book kind of seems like one big waste of environmental resources. Entire pages with hardly anything written on them.
In my experience,
at random points
make it poetry
I love slam poetry and spoken word poetry and was hoping to get the same vibe from this, but sadly, no. I prefer poems will a little more meat to them. I will say, there are a HANDFUL of good poems in here. Like maybe 5-7. But most of them are just a random sentence or two with some squiggly drawing next to it that we're supposed to think is "amazing artwork."
I seriously don't understand if everyone is just reading into the completely non-thought provoking "poems" in this book and making up their own deep meaning or if I'm just totally missing the boat on this one.
I think Rupi is duping us. If you told me my 9-year-old nephew and 6-month-old niece collabed on this book, with him covering the poetry while she handled the artwork, I would fully believe you. And if you told me they completed it in one day, I would also believe you. And if you told me they were both on Ambien while they did it, I would STILL believe you.
If you're looking for metaphors, deep poems, clever writing, etc then pass.
If you're a 10th grader who just got dumped by Jimmy from home room and you wanna post a snapchat of one of these heart wrenching break up poems to express how angsty you are, you'll love it.
Don't believe the hype. Try to check it out at a library or borrow it from a friend to know if you like it or not before you waste your money on it. Actually hmu if you want my copy because I sure don't.
will read somewhat
you won't really
There are one or two poems that I really liked, but the rest just weren't that great. The author contradicts herself in a few of the poems saying that something is good and powerful and then in the next poem saying that it is bad. At first there seemed to be some type of organization to the book, but towards the end the plot falls apart into rant-like posts that one might see online.
It is also worth noting that some of the illustrations were brilliant, while most are just suggestive and uncomfortable. I think that if I really knew what I was getting into with this book, things might have read differently for me. Overall, I don't recommend this book.
managed to hype up a
steamy turd of literature.
may have lived a very
but this is not poetry or anything that resembles poetry.
very dumbed down,
maybe would have gotten a C-
had I written any of these in middle school,
how are people actually enjoying this book?
14 year old
and even she read a page and was disappointed...
bland and unimaginative.
PS: I have now written poetry according to the example set by milk and honey