November Book Club: Kaur’s “Milk and Honey”

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By Ashleigh Perry, Contributing Writer

Featured image contributed by Amy Wilson

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is best read with an open heart and a pencil. For those wanting a book that keeps its distance and does not find its way into the most intimate spaces of their hearts, this is not the book to pick up. For those willing to let poetry relate to them in a way that they did not even know a book could, Kaur’s writing will take them on a rewarding, emotional journey many do not expect.

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This book’s ability to dig deeper than most helps Milk and Honey find its way into the hearts of the masses. Though these poems come from Kaur’s own personal experiences, every reader will find at least one that’s words take them aback, relating so closely to their own lives. According to the Barnes and Noble website, “Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.” This statement only scratches the surface of the topics covered in this book. It is sometimes hard to tell where Kaur’s writing ends and the reader’s life begins. The rawness of each poem gives an outlet for every real feeling that they have experienced. This book’s beauty truly resides in its ability to tear down walls and reach each reader’s heart in a unique way.

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As a part of Moda Magazine’s book club, we are hosting a Facebook Live event to discuss Milk and Honey with our readers! We want to hear the thoughts, emotions and reactions of all our community members. Keep an eye out on our social media platforms, as we will be announcing a date for a Facebook Livestream discussion event! During this event, members of our staff will be discussing the questions below, as well as engaging with audience opinions. Be sure to tune in, and let us know what you thought about this month’s book club selection!

  1. Of the four sections, which resonated most with you? Why?
  2. How do you think channeling Kaur’s own experiences allowed her to connect so deeply with others?
  3. This book has been described as being something that every single woman needs to read. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  4. Poetry is not the most popular form of art in today’s society. Why do you think this book in particular is such a hit?
  5. What poem stuck with you the most? Why?
  6. What do you think of Kaur’s simplistic writing style? Does this make the book more accessible or relatable?
  7. Do the visual sketches from Kaur add anything to the poems for you?
  8. Do you think Milk and Honey opened doors for other writers looking to write similar books? Will people be more open to poetry?

We hope that you enjoyed this month’s selection, and make join us for our upcoming book clubs!

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