REVIEW: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
To start off
This didn't feel like poetry to me. Obviously, this is subjective, but pressing enter in-between words does not grant you the title poetry, for me.
"other women's bodies
are not our battlegrounds"
This is true, and it's good someone says it. But to me, it's just a sentence.
"you've touched me
I mean, sure, I get what you are trying to say, but...
Other times, the 'poems' were true, and I was glad somebody said those things for those of us who do not know or need occasional reminders, but it felt like love advice for teens.
"you mustn't have to
make them want you
they must want you themselves"
Sometimes i didn't like the content (or what i interpreted the poem to say). Or I was afraid that of all the teenage girls that will no doubt read this book and endlessly quote it in their instagram captions, some would misinterpret it and take the wrong advice to heart.
Apart from that i had the feeling it was repetitive. Sometimes the same things got said in different parts of the book with only a few words different.
One last thing that bothered me was the letter at the end. I'm sure this style matched the style of the poems better. However, it was a letter. Without real sentences, normal punctuation and no capital letters.
I did really like some of the poems, and even though i did not consider it poetry, that is what got this book the stars i gave it.
I won't oppose you if you want to read this book, but i do hope you use your sense of critical thinking