Review published on May 8, 2017.
This companion anthology to Poems That Make Grown Men Cry may not have a title that packs the same punch as its predecessor, but the introductions to the poems and the poems themselves certainly do. I found it to be a collection best read slowly, especially if you find it particularly easy to cry.
The value of a good anthology lies in finding poems you are familiar with alongside those you don’t know and discovering something wonderful. There were many poems new to me that I shall read over again, as well as some old favourites to savour. The poems chosen range from Rumi to Carol Ann Duffy, Shakespeare to the First World War poets.
The lovely thing about this anthology is reading about how poetry has touched the lives of the women chosen to contribute. It’s fascinating to read how the poems affected them. It’s especially interesting to see two people pick the same poem but have completely different experiences of it. This collection really conveys the power of words and how therapeutic they can be in certain situations such as dealing with grief and all the emotions and uncertainty of growing up. It’s a collection I’ll definitely turn to often.
Jane Cowley 5/4
Poems That Make Grown Women Cry by Anthony Holden and Ben Holden
Simon & Schuster UK 9781471148644 pbk Mar 2017