We have officially wrapped up our first book of the Book Babes book club!
Our October book was Milk & Honey
Milk & Honey is a book of poetry covering topics ranging from abuse, love, heartbreak & healing. Written by Rupi Kaur & accompanied by her minimalistic illustrations, the poems are divided into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, & the healing.
Each section focuses on a different pain, touching on different ways to view heartaches & find the sweetness in them all. Resonating with us because we also believe that there is beauty to be found in darkness.
Rupi has a way of using simple language & short poems to deliver powerful & moving messages. Her style of writing is very stripped down, without capitalization or punctuation. There's no rhyming & some of the pieces are no more than a sentence or two long. This works well for this book as it allows the focus to be on the text. It almost feels like you're reading someone's diary entries. It's very personal & haunting.
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The first time I read it, I was finished within 30 minutes of opening the package. It was an incredible mix of emotions. A book I could not put down. What I love about this book is, despite it being so simply written, it leaves such an impact on its readers. Affecting everyone differently.
I'm one of those people who's heart drops when I see a dogeared page or find a flaw in my book. I certainly don't write in my books. However, this book you just can't help yourself. I found myself marking my favorite poems, making notes in the margin & making my own illustrations. It definitely inspires you to look within yourself & there is something in it for everyone.
This chapter dives into the narrators experience with rape, sexual abuse, & domestic violence. It is a very raw, sometimes unsettling, opening to this book. Whether you've experienced any of the traumas expressed, you're taken on a very intimate journey through the mind of the victim & can better understand the thought process of the affected.
“Having finished "the hurting" this week, I do feel a sense of relief. Intentional healing, maybe. I do not wish to dwell on the past. For each poem, I tried to flip the script in my mind to reframe how I look at the past. It could have been better, but it could have been a lot worse & that's what I choose to focus on. Everyone has their something & I don't want my past to dictate my future. I start "the loving" feeling like I am ready to let go of the hurting and move forward.” - Ashley. Book Babes
We now meet the narrator as an adult as she navigates through her pain & begins to love & accept herself. We follow her through stages of a new relationship that ultimately ends up toxic. We see her fall [in love] hard, & crash even harder.
This section takes us through the loss & hurt experienced in the end of a relationship. The confusion, the anger, the rejection, the bitter after taste, the grieving. It's the longest chapter of the book with 62 poems. She is left trying to process the pain & mend her broken heart. I found it refreshing that she also finds empathy for her ex-lover, recognizing that he also has pain.
This was a favorite of our book club members who expressed that they "felt peace & excitement" while reading. It's a beautifully written section about self-love & self-respect. It touches on the weight of societies expectations & how to bloom despite them. I's a very feminist, body positive chapter that ends the book on a very positive,hopeful note.
“The past few months have been a rollercoaster of emotions.. Some of the poems in this section helped me to find my inner strength to move on..” - Marie. Book Babes
We rate this a 4/5
We highly recommend this book to anyone (use discretion as this book does have some pieces that might be age sensitive). Men and women alike can utilize the book to heal or, if you haven't experienced the specific traumas or hardships, to better understand those who have.
Make sure to join Book Babes & follow along as we start our November book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
What is your favorite poem(s) from Milk & Honey?
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