Title: Milk and Honey / The Sun and Her Flowers
Author: Rupi Kaur
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.