By: Manuela Soares
Poetry has never been my strong suit, more often than not I have a hard time understanding and deciphering it, so it’s not a genre that I typically gravitate towards or find enjoyable to read. That being said, I have studied it a bit in the past, my BA is in English Language and Literature, and poetry goes hand in hand with that. Regardless, poetry is something that I want to read more of so I went looking for ‘easy’ poetry books, basically ones that would be easy for anyone to understand. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is one that showed up on multiple lists, has great reviews, and my library had a copy of it.
It was a quick read, knocked it out in an hour or two, and it’s an easily understandable collection of poetry that focuses on Kaur’s abuse, love, loss, acceptance, and more during the first 21 years of her life. Some of the poems are only a few lines and some are longer, but overall they’re easy to follow and understand. This was a 3 star read for me, it was a moving yet heartbreaking collection that to an extent was relatable and not at all surprising; the world is full of crappy people who do crappy things to others. I can definitely see why this collection has become as popular as it has, not just because of the content but because of the form and how easy it is to repurpose for the world of social media.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy-to-read and understand book of poems, and don’t mind reading about some sensitive topics, this is a good one to give a go.
Have you read this collection? What did you think?
This review is also posted on Goodreads.