Grown men don’t cry.
But in this fascinating anthology, 100 men—distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theater and human rights—confess to being moved to tears by poems that continue to haunt them. Representing 20 nationalities and ranging in age from their early 20s to their late 80s, the majority are public figures not prone to crying. Here they admit to breaking down when ambushed by great art, often in words as powerful as the poems themselves.
From J.J. Abrams to John le Carré, Salman Rushdie to Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Radcliffe to Nick Cave, Billy Collins to Stephen Fry, Stanley Tucci to Colin Firth, this collection delivers private insight into the souls of men whose writing, acting and thinking are admired around the world.
With National Poetry Month winding down, what better way to celebrate than by diving into 100 diverse poems that make the likes of James Earl Jones and Patrick Stewart weep? In celebration of Anthony and Ben Holden’s book Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words That Move Them hitting shelves earlier this month, we’re giving away a hardcover copy to one Paste reader!
To enter the giveaway, follow @PasteBooks on Twitter and retweet this tweet by 2 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 2nd (you must have a U.S. or a Canadian address to enter). We’ll announce the winner on Saturday afternoon. Good luck!