You may remember copiously weeping over the 2014 anthology ‘Poems That Make Grown Men Cry’, by father-and-son team Anthony and Ben Holden.
Now the same duo have again teamed up with Amnesty International to make ‘Poems That Make Grown Women Cry.
They have asked 100 remarkable women, from Judi Dench to Joan Baez, from Yoko Ono to Joanna Lumley : “What poem has moved you to tears?”
Each poem is accompanied by a small introduction explaining their significance to the women who chose it.
The poems themselves range from Rumi and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, W. H. Auden to Carol Anne Duffy, Derek Walcott to Warsan Shire.
Their themes range from love and loss, through mortality and mystery, war and peace, to the beauty and variety of nature.
As a taster, you can here Natascha Mcdelhone Read ‘Donal Og’ (Anonymous, 8th Century) here: https://audioboom.com/boos/4227278-natascha-mcelhone-reads-donal-og-poems-that-make-grown-women-cry
We have a number of copies in the bookshop for sale at £13.99 (RRP £16.99)
National Theatre Readings
For a taste of ‘Poems that Make Grown Men Cry’ see the National Theatres You tube channel:
For those in London, Tickets are now on sale at The National Theatre for readings from Poems That Make Grown Women Cry. Details here.