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Bookreview: MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur
FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: milk and honey Author: Rupi Kaur Publisher: Andrew McMeel Price: $14.99 Pages: 208 Genre: Poetry Year: 2015
I have never really been into reading poetry but have always found it interesting to write my own.
There is a huge hype surrounding this book that makes it hard for the poems to live up to.
The book is separated into four parts:
I enjoyed the whole dark layout of this book. The four parts are separated by black pages which give the whole book a clear black-white contrast and stress the focus of the words.
I liked "the hurting" and "the healing" part best. "the loving" and "the breaking" parts focussed way too much on boy-girl relationship issues and that wasn't what I was looking for in this book. I could understand why "the breaking" part, which focussed on the heartbreak, was the biggest one, since one always seems to have the most need to write something down in that time, but I would have loved for "the hurting" and "the healing" parts to be bigger and for them to take up more space of this book.
"The hurting" part focussed on family issues and on sexual abuse and felt raw and intense. The illustrations were daring and forced one to stare at them longer. I really liked that because that part made me feel something. Still, I would have wanted to read more poetry about those depths than about heartbreak. I enjoyed the openness and shamelessness with which the author talked about sex.
"The healing" part consisted of some feminist poems, which I really liked. There were a lot of poems in this part that I immediately wanted to take a picture of and post on Instagram. They were important and very well written.
The illustrations were often even better than the poems. I often stared at them for a while until I had the feeling that I had fully grasped them. Although I don't feel very comfortable in saying "fully" here, since both the poetry and the illustrations leave a lot open for interpretation.
It's definitely a book to read at least twice. I already reread most of the poems while first reading it to let them sink in deeper. But I think that once you've seen the whole picture, after having read it all through for the first time, you will gain another perspective on the single poems and maybe read them in a different way the second time.
Of course one will read the poems in a different way depending on when and where one reads them. If you currently are in a relationship or do suffer from heartbreak you will read it in totally different ways and it will speak to you on different levels than it will when you are not.
There were definitely some poems that I would mark in the book if it were my own and that I would go back to every once in a while.
as if the author had just
every now and then
and called it
But others felt much more thought through than that. And still, I would have liked longer poems better than the many two-liners that were in it. These were also why I read through this book in under an hour. And I really did take my time with it and reread most of the poems and stared a while at all the illustrations. I also would have liked it better if there had been more illustrations, since those were often better than the poems themselves.
It wasn't as feminist as I had thought and hoped it to be but the few feminist poems that were in it were really great and worthy of being painted on a t-shirt and being worn proudly.
Everytime I encountered an incredibly great poem I wanted more like these, wanted to get shocked, to get sucked in and to get furious again. And I had actually expected the book to make me more furious than it actually did. I think that this is also because "the hurting" and "the healing" part weren't long enough.
I also didn't like that the author wrote so hateful about the potential "next girl" that would come after her and would be her exlover's new lover in "the breaking" part. The poems seemed so hateful against this other girl which colluded completely with the poems in "the healing" that preached girls loving and supporting other girls instead of hating on them. The poems in "the healing" part were so furious against men who undermine other women in order to make one woman feel better about herself but I couldn't take those poems too seriously because of the previous poems that did the exact same as those men.
I would have liked more "stomach-punching" poems, as the author describes her own poems in one poem.
"milk and honey" could have been more in my opinion but I still enjoyed it. If you go into it with neutral expectations, you will probably enjoy it a lot more.
The book has left me more open and welcoming to poetry but also a bit sceptical to poetry books being praised as being feminist.
To end this on a positive note though - when I took all the pictures of my favourite poems, I was surprised by how many great ones there were actually in this book after all.
So if you don't expect this to be feminist poetry first, you can definitely take a lot out of it for yourself.
So I just finished this glorious show "Please Like Me" on Neflix and thought I'd give you some motivation to watch it aswell :D
Therefore here are my TWENTY REASONS why you should definitely absolutely most certainly WATCH this show.
1. It's on Netflix and therefore very easily and comfortably available for most of you.
2. It (unfortunately) has only four seasons with 6 to 10 episodes each. AND each episode is only 25 minutes long.
So I absolutely adored the length of the episodes because I could just devour the whole series in less than a week. You can basically watch it all through in a few days and trust me, you will - because it is addictive as hell. And I just loved squeezing a tiny episode in whenever I liked - because honestly, I always had time for some 25 minutes of entertainment. But I mostly ended up clicking on "Next Episode" and watched four episodes to a whole season in one sitting. No regrets.
FACTS ABOUT THE MOVIE US-title: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales UK-title: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge German title: Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Salazars Rache film director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg screenwriter: Jeff Nathanson producer: Jerry Bruckheimer music composer: Geoff Zanelli release date: May 25, 2017 running time: 129 minutes cast:
Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Paul McCartney
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
This movie tells the story of Henry Turner - William & Elizabeth Turner's 21-years-old son - who wants to find the "Trident of Poseidon" to free his father from Davy Jones' curse. To achieve his ends, he seeks help from an astronomist and horologist, called Carina Smyth, and from the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow. As it turns out, Jack Sparrow isn't as legendary as Henry had thought, but rather drunk and shipless. On the other end of the ocean: a n…
FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK Title: GEORGE Author: Alex Gino Publisher: Scholastic Price: £6.99 Pages: 215 Genre: LGBTQ - transgender girl, Children's book Year: 2017
BACK OF THE BOOK
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
This book is about George, who is 10 years old and looks like a boy but feels like a girl.
When her class takes part in a school play of "Charlotte's Web", George wants nothing more but to play the main character, the spider Charlotte. Since this character is supposed to be female, George's teacher doesn't allow George to play Charlotte. This makes George upset and leads to George trying to come to terms with her gender identity and thus coming out to her family and classmates.
Ultimately, this book is about George who wants to become Melissa.
There is not much text on each page of the book, wherefore it is an extremely quick read and feels a lot like a children's book:
WHY SPIDERS? Why couldn't it be follow the butterflies?
My main problem with this book w…