Ashlei’s Bookshelf: Milk & Honey

Book: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

Genre: Poetry

Readability: 5/5

Length: 208 pages

Cost: ~$9.00 on Amazon

Overall: 5/5



So I probably haven’t read a poetry book since my mom bought me Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends way back in the day. I remember really enjoying reading poetry, too! But I must admit that Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey might have hooked me  onto poetry books all over again…

From the publisher:

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.

I literally read this entire book of poetry in about 40 minutes. I Snapchatted salient pieces, sent photos of excerpts to loved ones whom I thought would enjoy them, and I immediately got a few requests to borrow the book. I lent it to a friend, and when I got it back from said friend, I read it again. Simply amazing.

Every single poem pierced my soul and provoked emotions within me.

There was one piece in particular that I want to share, which resonated with me the most.

most importantly love

like it’s the only thing you know how

at the end of the day all this

means nothing

this page

where you’re sitting

your degree

your job

the money

nothing even matters

except love and human connection

who you loved

and how deeply you loved them

how you touched the people around you

and how much you gave them


I will certainly be buying another one of her poetry books, The Sun and Her Flowers.

Any other poetry book recommendations? Comment below.

Be well.♥


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2 thoughts on “Ashlei’s Bookshelf: Milk & Honey

  1. I am glad you connected so well with this text! That is why we record & publish things; to connect with other humans! I have recently connected with our current U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. Her poetry has deeply resonated with me. The Body’s Question, Life on Mars and Wade in the Water are her 3 collections. I’m reading her memoir now. Check it out. I’m going to check out milk and honey now!

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