Glitter: Preach, Girl

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I stumbled on to MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur because I saw the above quote on Instagram and immediately bought the book out of sheer curiosity and hope. Kaur is described as a feminist poet and I wanted her to have beautiful things to say. She didn’t disappoint. Her prose is raw, bewitching and simple. The book is a collection of poetry about survival and per her description, “the experience of violence, abuse, love and femininity.”

The first chapter, The Hurting, hurt. But in that – Ohmygod, YES, kind of way when a woman says something you’ve never given yourself permission to say. She describes the way a girl is raised to view her own body in a hyper sexualized world.

MILK AND HONEY opened my eyes to how a child’s relationships become shaped by their parents and to the sadness that sits in a girl’s heart when she realizes that love doesn’t come the way she first expects. Not every boy she meets is truly, madly, deeply. Some just come to rest awhile.

These are conversations we should have with the girls in our lives.

These are conversations we should have with our daughters.

I suggest we give our daughters their voices and their confidence before they look for it out of cynicism and hurt.

Before they have to write a poem.

Whether or not poetry is your thing or some of her words about young love resonate – I love her mission to make women look at ourselves and each other in a beautiful, accepting light.

Gorgeous.

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Glitter: Read More Books

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Books to add to your To Be Read pile posthaste:

I love BOY STILL MISSING and STRANGE BUT TRUE by John Searles as well as THE GOD OF ANIMALS by Aryn Kyle.

The following were most recently added to my growing library:

THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY by Wiley Cash

This was recommended to me because of the sibling dynamic present between two girls who very much have to be their own grown ups. It stays with you even after you’ve put it down.

THE PAINTED GIRLS by Cathy Marie Buchanan

A gorgeous re-imagining of Degas’ relationship with his Little Dancer and her life without him. You can hear the tone and inflection in the ink on the page.

Happy reading, lovers.

Your Daily Glitter

“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”

– My motivation as I sit up late trying to configure a site and learn how to code like a big nerd. Can’t wait to meet y’all!