Known as an Instapoet, Rupi Kaur started sharing her poetry and prose online through social network and then self-published the entire collection, Milk and Honey, almost two years ago, in November 2014. The book went on to top charts in North America and was snapped up by Andrews Mc Meel Publishing, which released its own edition selling more than half a millioncopies in the US and reaching its 16th printing.

 

Milk and Honey is a simple and spontaneous collection of poetry and illustrations divided into four chapters - violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity - serves a different purpose. Deals with adifferent pain. Heals a different heartache.  “This is the journey of surviving through poetry this is the blood sweat tears of twenty-one years this is my heart in your hands this is the hurting the loving the breaking the healing". Rupi Kaur

 

The author, based in Toronto and described as one of the emerging Instapoet, showed an unconventional personality since the beginning. The 23-year-old social media phenom hit the headlines in 2015 when a self-portrait she posted onInstagram was removed by the site for showing a small amount of menstrual blood. She immediately replied: “I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in underwear but not be okay with a small leak.” Her audience grew with more than 1 million followers on the Instagram and she became popular not only for her photos and ­sketches but also for brief, plain-­spoken ­poems tackling feminism, love, trauma and healing in short lines (“love will hold you / love will call your name”).


 Her passionate, fierce and uncensored style in her writing gives a voice to the parts of the mind that are often silent but need attention and perfectly fits with the short captions of social media. “I was always writing for myself - said Rupi - I wrote what I needed to write and hear that’s what makes it powerful, and it’s this honesty that has got me where I am today.” Many reviews suggest women to read her book. “I ask, why not all men? In fact, that would be even more valuable because women want to sit down with men and tell them — this is how we feel, this is what we go through.”

 

 

Haikure Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
Haikure Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
Haikure Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
Haikure Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
Haikure Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
Haikure Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

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