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yesterday i was the moon is a collection of poetry by noor unnahar - it explores courage, self-love, culture and the struggles of making peace with your heart and art. it contains black & white photographs paired with poetry pieces; giving it a photo diary feels.
Paperback, 156 pages
Published July 16th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Hana maybe around 100? there are 157 pages of poetry and a drawing on every two pages. hope that helps

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TeaAndBooks
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Writing: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Style: 5/5



“yesterday — i was the moon
today — just an eclipse
something in me travels; some days it’s to the dark
some days it’s to the light”



yesterday i was the moon is a collection of poetry written by Noor Unnahar, a Pakistani author. This book explores a variety of themes including art, people, home, courage, self-love, strength, culture, acceptance and survival.


The actual layout of the book was stunning. There were the beautiful poems paired with incredible blac

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Nat
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, pink-covers

It's been quite the minute since I last read a poetry collection, so when my eyes landed on this beauty of a book I was beyond keen on diving in.

yesterday i was the moon is a collection of poetry by noor unnahar - it explores courage, self-love, culture and the struggles of making peace with your heart and art. it contains black & white photographs paired with poetry pieces; giving it a photo diary feels.

Like many poetry books I've read and reviewed before, yesterday i was the moon starts
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Areeba Siddique
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
the only poetry book I can read a hundred times <3
Prashasti
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, kindle
I am growing flowers
in the darkest part of my heart
for if the light ever enters
it would know where to start.


I think I'll be revisiting this book again, it's so beautifully written.
I least expected this but each & every line was soul-touching.
I'd recommend this to anyone who is remotely interested in reading poetry, it's strange to see that the book is not hugely recognized, but it doesn't matter, as long as it touches the hearts of people it comes to hold off.

Sharing some of the extracts f
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Nadia Awadi
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Since I write *cough* poetry *cough* I'm reading more and more recently. And I really liked 'Yesterday I was the moon'. It had this resilient feel to it. Like the author is making an armor using her words. Also It RHYMES. These days a lot of modern poetry doesn't actually rhyme. Which is kind of sad.

Definitely recommended if you're a lover of poetry.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderfull day.
dana
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
to the person who
will want to fall in love with me
i have been a sky all my life
full of life and light and anger
if you're not coming with
thunderstorms; do not come
at all


i love poetry and i love this. i tabbed so many poems bc they were all so beautiful and woww she is just so talented im in awe
Konstantin
Torn between two and three stars.

This is written with emotion, honesty and poignancy, but there's really nothing new or original to see here - it reminds me of almost every poetry collection by a woman of color I've read recently (Rupi Kaur, Warsan Shire, Nayyirah Waheed...).

Still, something in this one resonated with me, and even the format and the feminist/racial messages didn't seem as forced as in, say, Salt, so three stars it is. If you read any Tumblr poetry, though, you'll have seen it
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Shehzeen Muzaffar
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
my mother named me
light; the first rays starting the day
and there are days
when i forget there is light at all
this name then becomes
a remimder how
the woman who raised me
named me after something
so glorious; it shines
and even on my darkest days
i am the light i should be looking for

{NOOR}

I LOVED THIS BOOK😭❤
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Maryam
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I went into this one with high hopes because taking from all I've seen by Noor on social media, this should have been a visual and textual delight.

Disappointing, underwhelming, kind of like a Tumblr feed in book form.
Ghazaal B.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I could sniff her middle eastern soul before finding out her motherland.
I'm still struggling with this kind of poetry. I can't tell if these are quality poems or just beautiful but sentimental and dramatic lines to describe my broken heart and what I'm going through.
But I guess it's the pleasure that counts in the end.
Lisa
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is just an honest review about how I felt.


I'm a massive modern poetry fan. "Insta Poetry" as some like to call it.
I like the millennial angst; I am said millennial.
I like the socially acceptable dive into sadness; I often need something to tip me over the edge so that I can deal with my issues.
I like the stark reality of relationships in poetry, written in ways that makes you examine the feelings you may have felt once; because relationships are hard and I need to feel like someone unde
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ellie
this was so lovely to read. i wish some of them were more hard-hitting - she definitely hints at emotion rather than using devastating words that show her emotion (which are my favorite, by the way). i would've given this 4 stars usually, but in this day and age, god it felt SO good to read some kind and lovely words. here is my favorite:

i want stars, strength, and balance in my soul
it’s been a while since they were last
together in me


P.S. the illustrations were beautiful, i just felt like they d
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Yana
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ever read something so amazing that anything you say becomes nothing compared to what it said? Yep, that's me on this one.
Jessica Ciarcz
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This collection was amazing. After the one I just read that I wasn't enjoying much, this was a nice change. I also really loved the illustrations that accompanied some of the poems. This was such a beautiful book (inside and out), and I will definitely be re-reading it occasionally for inspiration!
Merel
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first read Noor's poems on her Instagram, I immediately fell in love. Although English is not her first language, Noor has the power to create beautiful poetry. For me, her words motivate me to get out of bed every day and do something great with my life. I love how Noor can take her pain and change it into something beautiful. What I find unique about it, is how Noor has the courage to write about her life in an honest way, without any shame, fear or whatsoever. This is why I totally rec ...more
Siqahiqa
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked up this book today and finished read it at one sitting. There were some poems that I highlighted as I like it and there were some poems that I couldn’t relate to.

The poems are simple and ilustrations are nice. I glad because this poetry book is not all about love & heartbreak stories.
Nouruddin
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Personal interpretation:

I totally valuate this kind of writings; the act of recording of events written by a person having an intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
This kind of "intimate" memoir is the best for me. I find truthfulness and trueheartedness within such notes.
Hence, Thanks Noor Unnahar (such a cute name!)



***

my mother's name
translates into
the sun of the women
she named me
noor unnahar
light of the day
i shine when i want to
i burn when i have to
the sun named me l
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Margaryta
"art doesn't ask
to be perfect
poetic
precise
it asks to exist
to breathe
to be

this is what it has always been about" (p. 75)

I've been really determined to stay open to the different styles and new ideas appearing in poetry, and have been trying to stay more in the know about what titles are published annually. "Yesterday I Was the Moon" caught my eye because of its title and promising summary, and though I really not a fan of "Insta/Tumblr poetry" - my experience of reading poetry by Kaur, Lovelace,
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Shahr Bano
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
What happened to good old poetry that is more art and less like a tumblr feed? I got the book as a present but still was expecting something substantial in the book but failed to find anything worthy. This is just similar to what Rupi Kaur or any other modern poet writes (barely any sentence structure and verses that show no rhyme or reason). All I read throughout was some wannabe poet trying to move my soul with references from the city Karachi, and I get it that times have been tough because I ...more
Fatima
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
1) sometimes i forget how much representation matters!
2) on a conquest to find good contemporary poets (i like her)
Stephanie Mazza
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
"in pieces
yet at peace
i am a building
in a post-war city"

Aletheiia
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Lleno de fuerza💪

Algunos poemas me han marcado profundamente, me han hecho reflexionar o me han tocado la fibra sensible.💕
En cambio otros, se me han hecho tediosos y no me hacían sentir practicamente nada.

La temática me ha gustado bastante, pues habla de uno mismo, los sentimientos de lucha, el amor y la familia.

En general, he tardado muchísimo en leerlo pero lo he disfrutado. Supongo que a cada uno le tocará la fibra poemas diferentes, y en este poemario se abarcan muchos temas muy profundos.
Thomas
Jun 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I just opened Yesterday I Was the Moon to see if they were as bad as I remember. I landed on "be kind/for this is something/a lot of people/can never be". That's a poem. Now, if that appeals, then Yesterday I Was the Moon probably will too. Personally I can't remember reading anything quite so trite and superficial in a long time, in any form. Unnahar poetry seems to tread the ground between self-help books, pseudo-philosophy and fortune cookie advices. They seem spontaneous and over simple and, ...more
Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best reads of 2018.
The lines are perfect and very relatable. Emotions described well. Genuine and mesmerizing.
However I had some issues with a few lines of a particular poem regarding some words hinting to acceptance of women being kept confined or restricted to rules of a particular society.
Julieta Ninno
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

Este es otro poemario que encontré por ahí. Miren cuántas lecturas variadas que estoy probando este año xD. Realmente disfruté este libro. Fueron poemas muy hermosos, inspiradores y fuidos. ¡Me encantaron! No me parece que sea una obra maestra ni se los voy a estar recomendando seguido, pero fue algo muy bueno para leer.
Shivangi
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easiest of words molded into deepest of emotions. Absolutely intriguing.
zoe&#x1f48c;
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 this book is beautiful.
Fatemah J
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the words picked here and all the artistic pieces inside made me feel so calm, beautiful collection of poetry, I loved it
Joy
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
One of the best poetry books about life, loss, and hardships
Aya Lehg
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
•It's the kind of books that makes you beg for more !
•Finished in one day !
• I loved it ! Bcz she tackled new topics I haven't read in a form of poetry .
•All the book deserves to be quoted xD
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“yesterday — i was the moon
today — just an eclipse
something in me travels; some days it’s to the dark
some days it’s to the light”
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“in pieces
yet at peace
i am a building
in a post war city”
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