16 Poetry Books To Read If You Loved Rupi Kaur's Milk And Honey
Discover 16 wonderful poetry books to add to your collections!
Books To Read If You Love Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey
When Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey hit shelves, it was an instant success. It isn't surprising considering Kaur's words already resonated with readers on Instagram. Four years after its release, it's still a best seller on Amazon.
There are many modern poetry books like Milk and Honey that fans of her work will love. The writers we selected for this list don't hold back and tackle everything from depression and other mental illnesses, sexual assault, racism, homophobia, sexism, along with more traditional topics like love, heartbreak, and grief. It's truly amazing everything they're able to express through just a few lines of poetry, all the feeling the poets are able to emote and pass on to the reader.
While each work of poetry is unique from the next, readers who enjoyed Milk and Honey will also enjoy these 16 poetry collections, one of which is Kaur's second book. The remaining fifteen books are by authors whose work you will fall in love with!
1. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
i reached for the last bouquet of flowers
you gave me
now wilting in their vase
i popped their heads off
and ate them
2. Magic with Skin On by Morgan Nikola-Wren
it's been regret like a
crutch all year
so give me adventure that writes
it's way through my story like
a lover, a boy with a body
made of all my favorite
landscapes sewn together
--excerpt from "Act One"
3. I Saw You as a Flower by Ellen Allbrey Everett
that once you had me
i was a permanent fixture--
a plant that did not need
watering or sunlight
to grow and thrive.
so you left me
in the darkness to wilt
and you ask where i went
--excerpt from "a time to wither"
4. Pillow Talk by Courtney Peppernell
I tried to stop loving you
so I built walls around my heart
and found other names
to whisper in the night.
But you carved yourself into my veins
whether you meant to or not.
And sometimes I wonder
if you remember the way we looked at each other
or maybe you just forgot.
--excerpt from "If you are heartbroken"
5. Empty Bottles Full of Stories by r.h. Sin and Robert M. Drake
that somewhere in me,
there is a love song
and it is the kind
you listen to
6. Mariposa by Kim Guerra
Like a flower.
Be in awe
Of your own beauty
The time you've taken to grow
The healing power
Held within your color
The sweet aroma of
A being determined
7. Sincerely, by f.s. yousaf
There have been numerous fights,
Some of which have left us torn
And thinking of our end.
But love is not love
Without trials that test endurance.
What would we be if we were to quit
At the worst of moments?
8. yesterday i was the moon by Noor Unnahar
when you've heard the
do not close the door
invite it in
make it a big warm mug
of your favorite tea
ask why it came
and ask how would it like
--excerpt from "heartbreak"
9. Flux by Orion Carloto
We spent our summer
forgetting one another's
but as winter
we were only reminded
of the warmed we shared
in each other's arms.
--from "An Affair with Uninvited Feelings"
10. In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive by Clemintine von Radics
Back home, a tree branch
crashed through my mother's window.
and isn't that how
it always goes?
You spend years building a home
just to watch it destroyed in seconds.
--excerpt from "Storm."
11. Sunflower Soul by Distinee Gayle
planted in the same soil,
exposed to the same environment,
all of the same conditions, identical...
yet we sprouted in different directions.
myself, i aimed towards the sun,
but you lagged behind in the dirt,
our roots remained connected,
but our souls never further apart.
--from "growing pains"
12. Unfolding by Jenai Charles
there are some parts of you
that have not healed
pay attention to them
handle them with love
13. Autopsy by Donte Collins
why does heat make the body confess what it will not do otherwise?
drunk on july & nerve you rip handfuls of color from along the fence
thorns like brief alarms warning your fevered temper of what blood
will soon stain your teeth. never. ruin. your. mother's. new. plants.
--excerpt from "The Orphan Performs and Autopsy on the Garden"
14. in the absence of sun by emily curtis
Here's to the women who
come home each day,
unbutton the grief, shrug
it off their shoulders and
try to forget it for a while
before they are forced to
wake up and press repeat
15. Please Don't Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn
i am so accustomed to
stomach drops and aching chests
i don't know what to do with this feeling
like the world is not ending
like i have hope in all outcomes
like i can flip a coin and walk away
before it hits the ground
16. The Wild Keeps Her Holy
I don't know
the exact moment
turned it's allegiance
but I do know
in the process
of it all.
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