Sour Cream And Vinegar: When Milk And Honey Are Not Enough

Sour Cream And Vinegar: When Milk And Honey Are Not Enough

The book “Sour Cream and Vinegar” was written by a poet named Greg Tucker who refers to himself as the “deplorable poet.”

Now, you may wonder why he says this about himself because the word ‘deplorable’ means bad in quality, but that is nothing compared to this book. 

Within this book, there are short, beautifully written poems formed with intriguing titles. From each poem you read, you can feel the imagery. It feels like you’re literally living throughout the book.

 The book is supposed to have an opposite effect on readers in a way compared to Rupi Kaur’s book, “Milk and Honey.”

 Milk and Honey has a different look into the perspective of life defining femininity, love, loss, and survival and dealing with all the pain but finding the sweetness out of it while this book, Sour Cream and Vinegar speaks about how life isn’t always like “milk and honey” and there won’t always be a good perspective to look to in life.

 A cute little twist on the book covers is for Milk and Honey, there are bees represented on it while Sour Cream and Vinegar seems to show bees on the cover displayed upside down and in the middle of the book cover, there is a drawing of a glass with vinegar in it with a bowl of possible sour cream next to it. 

 Tucker is good with using little bits of adult humor even within some of the titles of the poems which are quite comical. It’s fun that he transitions things from a deep level to a little silly but for this reason, this book would definitely be recommended to teenagers and adults.

 When you start to approach the end of the book, one of Tucker’s last poems was related to other poets, some of the pieces of their work and also just the recognition to other fellow poets. He had made a reference to Edgar Allen Poe’s, ‘Tell-Tale Heart’ and I thought that was definitely one of the best poems throughout this book.

 This book is all bittersweet because Tucker ties everything together about his own personal life but also dealing with and living in today’s American society with all the challenges that come with it. He reaches out on points about social injustice, discrimination, and more. 

The ending of the book goes into how America always seems to be made “for everyone” but it’s all a facade.

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