Booknotes: Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

What motivated the Holdens to put this anthology together is quite simple. They wish to “stimulate debate about the emotional power of art and how it affects different people” and “to show that crying (and poetry) isn’t simply for girls”. The book has also been created in collaboration with Amnesty International, so issues such as freedom of speech and thought are in the foreground. Here are 100 poems from 18 countries, selected by men of 20-some nationalities and from diverse fields.