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Poems That Make Grown Women Cry by Anthony…

Poems That Make Grown Women Cry

by Anthony Holden

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This is a collection of poems, chosen and introduced by women of varying celebrity, based on their (the poems) ability to move those women on an emotional level. I enjoyed the book for several reasons. The poems themselves, of course, first off. Many were old friends (some Shakespeare, ‘On My First Son’ by Ben Johnson, Byron’s ‘So, we’ll go no more a roving,’ Dickenson’s ‘I took my Power in my Hands’ among them); some were new to me and didn’t really affect me, but other new ones did indeed bring me to tears (‘Timothy Winters’ by Charles Causley and ‘Clearances’ by Seamus Heaney, to name a couple). So the poetry alone is worth the read, and I’ve added several poets to my list of ones to look up and read more, and have moved others already on the list closer to the top. But in addition to the poetry, many of the introductions, written by the women who chose the poems, were lovely as well, and have led to another list, particularly of the writers among the group, of women I want to know more about and read more of. So yes, I definitely recommend the collection, to those who may be looking for a way to dip into reading poetry, and also to those old hats at the poetry-reading biz, as it’s always worth looking at things (poems included) through someone else’s thoughts. ( )
  scaifea | May 8, 2017 |
Amnesty International sponsored this collection of poems that bring tears to the eyes of prominent, mostly British, female readers--not always tears of sorrow, but sometimes tears of joy as well. The selections are so varied and so personal that they are hard to critique as a group. Among the poems I appreciated most in this volume are "Hurt Hawks" by Robinson Jefferies (selected by Ursula K. LeGuin) and "The Bean Eaters" by Gwendolyn Brooks (selected by Nikki Giovanni).

If you like poetry, especially poetry that provokes emotions in unexpected ways, you will find this anthology well worth your time. ( )
  akblanchard | Jul 17, 2016 |
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