Few forms of writing are as variable in perceived quality as a poetry collection. What strikes one person as a profoundly striking sentiment will hit the next as a worn thin cliche. Sadly, for me, this collection is the later.
Normally when reviewing a poetry collection, I would excerpt a few lines or a shorter poem that really stuck me. There isn’t anything from this collection that did.
It’s difficult to discuss poetry, especially that billed as being about the broad and challenging array of topics this one is, without having to heavily factor in the point of view of the person consuming it. To that end I must confess that I am definitely not who this collection was aimed it. While there is always a place and an audience for any level of maturity, both the form and the content of this collection often felt juvenile.
While it did cover topics that are often hard to process and confront, the format of the majority of the poems were so brief as to barely contain a single cliched line before ending. That brevity combined with the language used didn’t land with me, particularly when the poem was about relationships or feminism. Using such a short format with such utilitarian language gave the impression of a writer who is just beginning to figure out truths that are well trod roads for others.
This collection will likely please younger female identifying readers who are interested in feminism but not overly familiar with it.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 2 Stars
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Paperback, 204 pages