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 off with the basic poems you encounter in the modern ones (like bearing similarities to the sun or a phoenix), so I wasn’t as impressed with the first half. In particular, as I started noticing this pattern of including a bunch of description (usually three meaningless adjectives) but evoking no real emotions. Like so:
But as I started highlighting more and more poems, I noticed the author gaining confidence in her words once we were in the deeper half of the book. And that’s when I really began enjoying my reading experience, especially those poems concerning religion, kindness, growth, and home. (Also, listening to this melody was magical.) And this is my segue into including some of my favorite poems and interspersed black & white illustrations: