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By Ben Holden

A life-enhancing journey via vintage and modern poems that experience made males cry: “The Holdens remind us that you simply don’t need to be an instructional or a postgraduate in inventive writing to be moved by way of verse….It’s simple enjoyable” (The Wall road Journal).

Grown males aren’t speculated to cry…Yet during this attention-grabbing anthology, 100 men—distinguished in literature and movie, technology and structure, theater and human rights—confess to being moved to tears by means of poems that proceed to hang-out them. even though the bulk are public figures now not susceptible to crying, right here they admit to breaking down, usually in phrases as strong because the poems themselves.

Their decisions contain classics via visionaries, equivalent to Walt Whitman, W.H. Auden, and Philip Larkin, in addition to sleek works via masters, together with Billy Collins, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and poets who span the globe from Pablo Neruda to Rabindranath Tagore. The poems selected diversity from the 16th century to the twenty-first, with greater than a dozen by means of ladies, together with Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Their topics diversity from love in its many guises, via mortality and loss, to the wonder and diversity of nature. All are moved to tears by means of the beautiful means a poet captures, in Alexander Pope’s recognized word, “what oft was once idea, yet ne’er so good express’d.”

From J.J. Abrams to John le Carré, Salman Rushdie to Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Radcliffe to Nick Cave to Stephen Fry, Stanley Tucci to Colin Firth to the past due Christopher Hitchens, this assortment supplies deepest perception into the souls of fellows whose writing, appearing, and considering are well-known world wide. “Everyone who reads this assortment could be roused: disturbed via the soreness, exalted within the zest for pleasure given by way of poets” (Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature).

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