Yesterday I Was The Moon By Noor Unnahar.

The Diverse Reader Yesterday I Was The Moon By Noor Unnahar Book Review

Title: Yesterday I Was The Moon

Author: Noor Unnahar

Genre: Poetry

Published: March 27, 2018

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Total Pages: 160 pages

Topics Include: Growth, Religion, and Self Discovery

Amazon Synopsis: Yesterday I Was The Moon centers around themes of love and emotional loss, the catharsis of creating art, and the struggle to find one's voice. Noor's poetry ranges from succinct universal truths to flowery prose exploring her heritage, what it means to find a physical and emotional home, and the intimate and painful dance of self-discovery. Her poetry and art has already inspired thousands of fans on Instagram to engage with her words through visual journal entries and posts of their own, and her fan base only continues to grow.

I went to Target the other day and ended up seeing a few books that have been on my Amazon wishlist. I said, what the hell, why not buy some new books? I ended up getting mostly poetry but one in particular was Yesterday I was The Moon by Noor Unnahar. When I was able to get this book I knew that I was going to have a good day. I have been following this author for awhile on Instagram because of her journals and how she uses her journals to write poetry. I read this book with the idea of a first time writer publishing their poetry and not someone I was completely familiar with to give this review a different experience.

My favorite poem: 

It's okay
If you're burning
with anger
or sadness
or both
it is necessary
for you to collapse
so you can learn
how phoenixes are
when they burn
and rise again
from the ashes of
their existence

pg. 67

My thoughts: 

Yesterday I Was The Moon was Noor Unnahar’s first published poetry book. I thought this book was good for the author's first published works. It reminded you of the poetry she releases on her social media.

She was able to use her everyday Instagram posts and turn it into a book. There were a few poems that I did not relate to and seemed to be juvenile because of the language. I wanted to have some poems be deeper with meaning because I did not want her first published book to be a complete replica of her Instagram but give the audience deeper poetry.

I was glad to have read her book along with her imaginary because the images did connect to her poems. I liked that the book didn't necessarily had a theme but each poem was a piece of the author. Unnahar’s poetry spoke about finding home, her family, her religion. Her poetry was more of peeling back the onion layers of who she is as a person.

I think most age groups could relate to her poetry but I think that the younger generation would connect to her poetry the most. It connected with me at 26, but I could see people that are in college and finding out things about themselves would relate more. This poetry could be seen as coming of age for younger people.

But, also poetry for someone to connect to based off the topics of her poetry. Overall, the book is a good book to read if you want to be exposed to this author in a physical book format. I am curious to see what other poetry Unnahar will release in the future.

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