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as you were designed”
“we are all born
the greatest tragedy is
being convinced we are not”
Going into this book, I knew very little, only what was in the Goodreads blurb (featured below), and that people on bookstagram had been mentioning it in many posts. It was somewhat of a shock to realise just how intimate some of the poems in milk and honey were.
“milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, and heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers 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” Summary from Goodreads.
The poems in milk and honey are broken into four chapters: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. I adored the layout, and how it felt like her story was unfolding across all four. It was also nicely paced with the phases.
“when you are broken
and he has left you
do not question
whether you were
the problem was
you were so enough
he was not able to carry it”
I really connected with quite a few of her poems on a really deep level. Others I really appreciated her sass levels (they are savage at times), especially in the “breaking section.” While some of what she wrote made me quite sad, and had my heart breaking for her, because some of the things she writes about made my heart weep.
Some of her poems were incredibly short, and some felt a little too short, like I wanted more context. However, more often than not I was impressed with the power she could pack into just a few words, because that level of conciseness is no easy feat.
“I am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut”
Mostly I just appreciated the honesty and rawness that she expressed with her words. This was the first book of poetry I have read in a very long time, if not the first. It has shown how much of an oversight that has been and something I need to rectify.
I highly recommend that if you haven’t read this book, do it, its beautiful and powerful. The words inside may be few, but they hold power.