Milk and Honey / The Sun and Her Flowers | book reviews

Title: Milk and Honey / The Sun and Her Flowers
Author: Rupi Kaur
Series: n/a
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 204 / 256
Publisher: Createspace / Andrews McMeel Publishing
Original Publication Date: 2014 / 2017
Genre(s): Poetry, Feminism

Anyone else read some poetry towards the end of the year to boost their reading challenge? Plus, it’s one of the only times I really feel like reading poetry. The holidays are so busy I get so bogged down, and poetry is just…easy. When it comes to poetry, I like the classics, so I was a bit nervous to read Kaur’s books. Because they are so short, I thought I’d combine my reviews for them into one.

I first read Milk and Honey, as it was published first. I honestly didn’t think I’d like it, but it surprised me. Though I don’t particularly care for the structure and style of the poetry, the words were full of emotion. I could relate to some of the poems, but I even felt something with the ones I couldn’t relate to. Though I think structure and style are important when considering poetry “good” or not in an analytical sense, when I’m just reading to enjoy, I just care if it makes me feel something. Which I did. So yeah, I’d say Milk and Honey was a pretty decent collection of poetry and little drawings.

As for The Sun and Her Flowers, I was less impressed. I didn’t find myself relating to many of the poems in this one. And they didn’t give me any feels. And they just seemed like reiterations of the poems in Milk and Honey, only worse. I grew quite bored with most of them. The majority of them were definitely a lot longer than the short little blurb-like poetry in its predecessor. So, this one I liked a lot less.

As a whole, Rupi Kaur is not one I would call a favorite. In fact, I will probably refrain from purchasing any new publications from her. Though I can see why her poetry may appeal to other audiences, I am just not the right audience for her writing. However, if you enjoy short snippets of feminist poetry in a free verse style, check out Kaur’s poetry! You may be the right audience.

My Rating

Milk and Honey
The Sun and Her Flowers

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My name is Alyssa and I am a bookworm. I have a degree in English and am the metadata support clerk at Junior Library Guild. I am also the Lead Proofreader for Flash Fiction Magazine. Other than that, I'm just a loser who loves books.

2 thoughts on “Milk and Honey / The Sun and Her Flowers | book reviews

  1. I haven’t read any of her poetry except for what I’ve seen online, but I agree that I don’t like the condensed style. As a creative writing major it frustrates me that her poems are so cut-and-dry, which I guess is part of the appeal. I do appreciate how her work has popularized poetry again and made it more accessible!!

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    1. I think the cut-and-dry poetry is definitely what’s popular right now. It’s easy to understand and relate to. It doesn’t take any work to figure it out, and I think that’s what most people like about it. But yes, I agree, it is nice that it has gotten more people interested in poetry!

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