If you have bad memories of epic poems you were forced to analyze back in school, fear not. Rupi’s poetry is simple, relatable, gorgeous, and grounded in the everyday experiences of young women. Just like us here at HelloGiggles, she’s focused on relationships between women and how we can lift each other up and inspire one another to be our best selves. Her poems are the type you will be cutting out, and pasting all over your walls.
what got me to start was just my desire to document the existence of a woman like me. growing up i was a very quiet girl. i was extremely sensitive and emotional. which meant i carried a lot of weight . . . i needed to share. i wrote to have a place to put those feelings so i could feel lighter.
What do you hope readers get from your poetry?
What is the meaning of the title of your collection, milk and honey?
i chose the title because of my attachment and history with both milk and honey . . . growing up there was no such thing as tylenol. [my dad] and mom would give me a spoon of some honey with ayurvedic medicine. or mixed in with milk. both of those are central to my upbringing, and more so they’re central to my community.
when i think about my people and all the struggles they’ve gone through, from the genocides we’ve faced and all we’ve lost, i think we’re as smooth and sweet as milk and honey. my father also told me once that honey is the one thing that does not die. no matter how long it’s been sitting in a jar, ten years or a hundred, honey, in its natural, raw and unrefined state lives forever, and i think that’s just about the most beautiful thing.