Every time I hear a popular quote from one of the most famous poems by Rupi Kaur, author of Milk and Honey, there’s an image that comes up in my head.
“I am not the whiskey you want… I am the water you need,” reads the powerful yet delicate line. The image that emerges at the sight or mention of this line is that of multi-award-winning transgender activist and reality TV star Yaya Mavundla. So fierce, yet so delicate.
Like the poems and prose of survival that fill Milk and Honey, Mavundla is a collection of experiences of love and loss, violence, abuse and feminine energy, which she uses like a superpower.
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