milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. (From Goodreads).
Personal Take: I wasn’t sure what to expect of Kaur’s poetry. I’ve seen a few on the internet, and it was only after multiple people recommended I read did I finally pick it up. At times, the writing was beautiful. The imagery evoked and the emotions etched on paper is simple but profound. The themes are nicely organized and easy to follow. At times, I felt she pushed it too much with some of the sexual themes, but some worked well. I definitely enjoyed her poetry, and might eventually check out her new book.
Audience: Older readers who enjoy poetry.
Other recommendations: Kaur recently published her second poetry collection called The Sun and her Flowers.
Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.
Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.
Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. (From Goodreads.)
Personal Take: I’ve read bits and pieces of Leav’s peppered all over the internet, but having a collection in my hands; that just left me breathless. I loved that the themes were connected to music. The poems and stories itself were beautiful; all at once guttural and emotional, but still poised enough to be delivered clearly. Some of her poems can be a bit heavy on the tongue, or too long, but that was just a minor observation. Her stories too, were beautiful one-shot moments.
If anything, this book left me feeling emotionally spent, because it hooked me along its lines throughout. I’m definitely a huge fan, and will continue to collect and learn from her work.
Audience: Touches on sensuality, so I’d say older teens and adults.
Other recommendations: This is the first Lang Leav that I’ve read, but I know I’ll be picking up her other works: Love & Misadventures, Memories, The Universe of Us.