Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry edited by Anthony and Ben Holden

Both men and women should read POEMS THAT MAKE GROWN MEN CRY: 100 MEN ON THE WORDS THAT MOVE THEM. This anthology in which poems have been chosen by one hundred men with backgrounds in the arts and literature gives the reader a diverse selection of poetry. Poetry lovers can read the book cover to cover.  Readers with a more casual interest can search out the verses they might find particularly appealing. Stars of stage and screen as well as writers, editors and college professors are among the men who have selected poetry for this volume. English and American poets are well represented but Indian, Japanese and Spanish poems have also been chosen. Although this poetry can make grown men cry, it is not only about the death of loved ones. Some poems are about looking for work, the inevitability of war, political oppression, the love of imperfect parents or children, unrequited love and separation. The beauty of nature and other happy events can bring people to tears as well. Some of the more well-known men who selected poems for this book are Salman Rushdie, Hugh Bonneville, Ken Follett, Daniel Radcliffe, and Sir Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek” and “X Men” fame. Some poems are pages long and some only a verse or two. Gifted poets can express honest emotion in any number of words or lines. Perhaps the most poignant work in this book is the shortest, written in 18th century Japan by a woman whose son had died:
“Dragonfly catcher,
Where today

Have you gone?”