BOOK REVIEW | milk and honey

Tuesday, 24 January 2017



Ever since leaving school, I haven't really been a fan of poems or poetry in general. I guess it was because for a good few months we had to analyise the same poems day in day out and it got pretty tedious after that. Since leaving school and not having to do English anymore I haven't really given poetry the time of day but that's all recently changed...

I had seen milk and honey pretty much everywhere until a few weeks ago I decided to buy it and see what the fuss was all about.

This book made me feel a million emotions in the space of one sitting. Some of the poems I still think about to this day and I finished reading it about 3 weeks ago. If I had to describe this book in one word it would have to be beautiful. Even though some of the poems tell horrible and harrowing stories I still find the words chosen for each of the poems are beautiful. It's so strange to think that just four sentences can make you feel so many emotions.

The book is separated into four sections; the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. It's obvious to say that the hurting contains the most brutal poems and yet, I find it to be incredibly interesting and mesmerising. Some of the poems in the healing section made me somewhat empowered and proud to be a woman. Milk and honey starts of with making you sympathise with the author and it takes you on a journey though all these emotions and I found that the last stop with this book made me so proud to be a woman.

A lot of these poems spoke out to me but I think the main one that stood out to me comes from the breaking section

did you think i was a city
big enough for a weekend getaway
i am the town surrounding it
the one you've never heard of
but always pass through 
there are no neon lights here
no skyscrapers or statues
but there is thunder
for i make bridges tremble
i am not street meat i am homemade jam
thick enough to cut the sweetest 
things your lips will touch
i am not police sirens
i am the crackle of a fireplace
i'd burn you and you still 
couldn't take your eyes off me
cause i'd look so beautiful doing it
you'd blush
i am not a hotel room i am home
i am not the whiskey you want
i am the water you need
don't come here with expectations
and try to make a vacation out of me

I found this poem to be so elegant and at the same time quite stubborn, it's almost like the author has found out her self worth and she's ready to tell the entire world. I love it. I also enjoy the fact that there's no punctuation in the book, to me it just makes the book more raw and full of emotion. 

I honestly couldn't recommend this book enough, if you're a woman then I think you really should read it, I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed.


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