As some of you might now, I am currently studying English Literature in school. This past semester, I had to take the most *intense* poetry class I’ve ever taken before. The majority of it was interesting, but nothing to make me go out and seek poetry to read in my spare time. Except for one poet, who peaked my interest enough to actually go out and buy her collection of poems. I was moved so much by her work, that I knew I had to share! So, bare with me here as I try to do a little something new here on In Wonderland.
The volume of poems I’m talking about is Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey. You might have heard of her, she’s suuuuper active on social media (she has an Instagram, it’s @rupikaur_) Where she posts small excerpts of new poems, and just generally more of her amazing writing. Her actual volume of poems is about two hundred pages, and almost every poem is accompanied by a little doodle that Kaur herself does. Not only are the words incredible, but this volume is sooo aesthetically pleasing!
Her work breaks my heart, then puts it back together again almost every page. She is predominantly a free verse writer, and the majority of her work is self explanatory. So, if you’re new to poetry, it’s easy to understand!! Her collection is broken up into three parts, and it’s like she’s taking you through times in her life. It’s very raw, and definitely carries some “adult themes.” Though her work is very heavy, it’s almost lethargic to read. You can fit so much of your own emotions into her words, every time I sit and read a little bit i’m inspired to try and go write myself. I feel like her work is just something every woman needs to read at some point in their life. It’s simultaneously universal emotions while also being so specific it feels like she’s talking about you. I know that poetry is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m telling you guys! GIVE THIS A SHOT! It’s too different and beautiful to pass up. You don’t need to study this in school like I did to understand all the feels.
So, tell me what you think!
Would you give this a shot if you’ve never read poetry outside of school? Do you think every woman should read this too?