I’ve got a double review for you today!
I was at Barnes & Noble, trying to get some work done but only managing to covet books I can’t afford, and I ended up taking home two books that I had been wanting for a while. Those two books are Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and I Wrote This For You by Iain S. Thomas.
Recently, a good friend of mine was telling me that she had just read Milk and Honey. She told me how much she loved it and found relation to it, and how beautifully written and put together she thought it was. I’ve never been a ginormous poetry reader, but she assured me that Milk and Honey was something I’d want to experience. And she was right.
Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Milk and Honey was beautiful and heartfelt. I read this in one sitting, and the book is split into four sections—the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing—so the emotional transitions I found myself experiencing was crazy. One minute my heart was breaking for the tales of trauma Kaur’s poems told and the next I felt a rush of feminine power so strong I felt ready to take on the world. By the end, during The Healing section, I felt calm and hopeful, almost rejuvenated. Kaur also includes sketches and drawings of her own on the majority of the pages. I loved having the drawings to compliment the poems. This is a book of poetry I would recommend to anyone. Even if you’ve never personally experienced any of the subjects Kaur has so beautifully put down on paper, I’m absolutely certain you will know someone who has or simply benefit from reading such gritty and bold-faced accounts.
Review: I Wrote This For You by Iain S. Thomas
I had been following the blog for I Wrote This For You years ago, and bought the ebook when it was released. When my friend was trying to describe Milk and Honey to me, she said that it reminded her of I Wrote This For you, which spurred in me a desire to revisit Thomas’s work. So I picked up the paperback while I was in the poetry section for Milk and Honey, and read it cover-to-cover as soon as I finished Milk and Honey. All in all, it was about an hour long poetry affair. I Wrote This For You is a collection of poetry that chronicles a romantic relationship—from the beginning butterflies to the crashing demise—whereas Milk and Honey covers a variety of topics including loss, trauma, love, and femininity. I Wrote This For You also contains visuals in the form of stunning photography on every page. Some of the photos seem bizarre or irrelevant, but they all seem to fit with the tone of its poem in inexplicable ways. “The Children of Time” has always been my favorite piece of the collection. I love the fluidity and creativity of assigning personalities to the months of the year and days of the week. There’s a duality to the metaphors that makes me feel relieved that someone put such a subliminal feeling into words.
Needless to say, these two books sent me on a bit of a poetry kick. Both collections are so vivid and distinct in their own ways, and it sparked a desire to address the emotions of the world. If you have any recommendations along the lines of Milk and Honey and I Wrote This For You, I will gladly take them!