Poems That Make Grown Women Cry

Author: Anthony Holden,Ben Holden

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501121863

Category: Poetry

Page: 352

View: 9685

"Following...their anthology, Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, father-and-son team Anthony and Ben Holden, working with Amnesty International, have asked the same revealing question of 100 remarkable women. What poem has moved you to tears? The poems chosen range from the eighth century to today, from Rumi and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, W.H. Auden to Carol Ann Duffy, Pablo Neruda and Derek Walcott to Imtiaz Dharker and Warsan Shire. Their themes range from love and loss, through mortality and mystery, war and peace, to the beauty and variety of nature."--

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

100 Men on the Words That Move Them

Author: Anthony Holden,Ben Holden

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476712794

Category: Poetry

Page: 336

View: 3845

A life-enhancing tour through classic and contemporary poems that have made men cry: “The Holdens remind us that you don’t have to be an academic or a postgraduate in creative writing to be moved by verse….It’s plain fun” (The Wall Street Journal). Grown men aren’t supposed to cry…Yet in this fascinating anthology, one hundred 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. Although the majority are public figures not prone to crying, here they admit to breaking down, often in words as powerful as the poems themselves. Their selections include classics by visionaries, such as Walt Whitman, W.H. Auden, and Philip Larkin, as well as modern works by masters, including Billy Collins, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and poets who span the globe from Pablo Neruda to Rabindranath Tagore. The poems chosen range from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first, with more than a dozen by women, including Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Their themes range from love in its many guises, through mortality and loss, to the beauty and variety of nature. All are moved to tears by the exquisite way a poet captures, in Alexander Pope’s famous phrase, “what oft was thought, but ne’er so well express’d.” From J.J. Abrams to John le Carré, Salman Rushdie to Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Radcliffe to Nick Cave to Stephen Fry, Stanley Tucci to Colin Firth to the late Christopher Hitchens, this collection delivers private insight into the souls of men whose writing, acting, and thinking are admired around the world. “Everyone who reads this collection will be roused: disturbed by the pain, exalted in the zest for joy given by poets” (Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature).

Bedtime Stories for Grown-ups

Author: Ben Holden

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471153789

Category: Poetry

Page: 528

View: 6951

There are few more precious routines than that of the bedtime story. So why do we discard this invaluable ritual as grown-ups to the detriment of our well-being and good health? In this groundbreaking anthology, Ben Holden, editor of the bestselling Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, challenges how we think about life, a third of which is spent asleep. He deftly explores not only the science of sleep but also why we endlessly tell stories – even to ourselves, as we dream. Holden combines his own illuminating storytelling with a treasure trove of timeless classics and contemporary gems. Poems and short stories, fairy tales and fables, reveries and nocturnes – from William Shakespeare to Haruki Murakami, Charles Dickens to Roald Dahl, Rabindranath Tagore to Nora Ephron, Vladimir Nabokov to Neil Gaiman – are all woven together to replicate the journey of a single night’s sleep. Some of today’s greatest storytellers reveal their choice of the ideal grown-up bedtime story: writers such as Margaret Drabble, Ken Follett, Tessa Hadley, Robert Macfarlane, Patrick Ness, Tony Robinson and Warsan Shire. Fold away your laptop and shut down your mobile phone. Curl up and crash out with the ultimate bedside book, one you’ll return to again and again. Full of laughter and tears, moonlight and magic, Bedtime Stories for Grown-ups joyfully provides the dream way to end the day – and begin the night . . .

The Rattle Bag

An Anthology of Poetry

Author: Ted Hughes,Seamus Heaney

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0571225837

Category: Poetry

Page: 496

View: 2588

Gathers a wide selection of poems by British and American authors, including Frost, Ginsberg, Graves, Eliot, Hardy, Sharkespeare, Tennyson, Wordsworth, and Auden.

He Played For His Wife And Other Stories

Author: Anthony Holden,Natalie Galustian

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 147116229X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 9075

He Played For His Wife…And Other Stories continues a rich tradition of fictional writing on one of the world’s greatest games. A ghost at the table, a heads-up with Shakespeare, a high stakes stick-up, a hand played on Death Row, tales of pioneers and knaves, even a celestial argy-bargy – each story in this anthology reveals that when it comes to playing poker, no one can hide from their true selves. Whoever you are, you can be sure all your passions and compulsions, your desires, your foibles and idiosyncrasies will be unsparingly crystalised and exposed on the baize. First mentioned in print in a military history book published in 1836, the game of poker quickly found its way into the modern literary canon. Requiring technical skill and creative fiction in equal measure, poker is the quintessential writer’s game. From John Steinbeck, Bret Harte, Henry James to Damon Runyon, writers throughout the ages have found in poker a natural prism to refract complex human experience. Poker is one of the few sports to have spawned a literature almost as rich and colourful as its own exotic history. Featuring contributions from Booker Prize-winning novelist D.B.C. Pierre, award-winning playwright Patrick Marber, actor Neil Pearson and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, He Played For His Wife…And Other Stories is a compelling collection that will appeal to poker fans everywhere.

William Shakespeare

His Life and Work

Author: Anthony Holden

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349141398

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 3325

Who was William Shakespeare? How did the 'rude groom' from Stratford grow up to be the greatest poet the world has known? Not for a generation, since the late Anthony Burgess's SHAKESPEARE (1970), has there been anything approaching a popular, mainstream biography of the greatest and most celebrated writer. Yet Shakespeare's life was as colourful, varied and dramatic as his works: the Warwickshire country boy who 'disappeared' for seven years before fetching up in London as an apprentice actor...whose fellow players could scarcely keep up with the plays he turned out for them...who rapidly became a favourite at the court of Elizabeth I...and returned to Stratford a prosperous 'gentleman', proud to realise his father's dream of a family coat of arms, before his death at 52. Anthony Holden brilliantly interleaves the poets own words with the known facts to breathe new life into a story never before told in such absorbing detail. 'The perfect blend of erudition and accessibility' - the Daily Telegraph's verdict on Holden's life of Tchaikovsky - applies equally to his revealing, very human portrait of Shakespeare.

Tears for Water

Poetry & Lyrics

Author: Alicia Keys

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1984805592

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

View: 8484

From acclaimed musician Alicia Keys comes a revealing songbook of collected poems and lyrics that document her growth as a person, a woman, and an artist. “All my life, I’ve written these words with no thought or intention of sharing them. Not even with my confidants. These are my most delicate thoughts. The ones that I wrote down just so I could understand what in the world these things I was thinking meant...” When she burst onto the music scene with her multi-million bestselling, Grammy® Award-winning first album, Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keys became a superstar. Two decades later, her career has expanded into producing, acting, and passionate activism—winning her worldwide acclaim, numerous awards, and a spot on Time’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People.” Though Alicia has been very vocal through her career, there were always “delicate thoughts” that she never before imagined she’d share with anyone else—until now. In Tears for Water, Alicia Keys opens the journals and notebooks that she has kept throughout her life and reveals her heart to her fans in return for all the love they have shown to her and her music. Hello morning now I see you cause I am awake What was once so sweet and secure has turned out to be fake Girl, you can’t be scared gotta stand up tall and let ’em see what shines in you Push aside the part lying in your heart like the ocean is deep, dark and blue —from Golden Child

Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty

Author: Ron Aharoni

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9814602965

Category: Mathematics

Page: 272

View: 5338

What does mathematics have to do with poetry? Seemingly, nothing. Mathematics deals with abstractions while poetry with emotions. And yet, the two share something essential: Beauty. “Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare,” says the title of a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. “Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty” tries to solve the secret of the similarity between the two domains. It tries to explain how a mathematical argument and a poem can move us in the same way. Mathematical and poetic techniques are compared, with the aim of showing how they evoke the same sense of beauty. The reader may find that, as Bertrand Russell said, “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty hold and austere, like that of sculpture … sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.” Contents:Order:The Curious Case of the Ants on the PoleHidden OrderTo Discover or to InventOrder and BeautyMathematical HarmoniesWhy √2 is Not a Rational NumberThe Real NumbersThe Miracle of OrderSimple Conjectures, Complex ProofsIndependent EventsHow Mathematicians and Poets Think:Poetic Image, Mathematical ImageThe Power of the ObliqueCompressionMathematical Ping-PongThe Book in HeavenPoetical Ping-PongLaws of ConservationAn Idea from Somewhere ElseThree Types of MathematicsTopologyMatchmakingImaginationA Magic NumberReality or ImaginationUnexpected CombinationsWhat is Mathematics?Deep TautologiesSymmetryImpossibilityInfinitely LargeCantor's StoryThe Most Beautiful Proof?Paradoxes and OxymoronsSelf-Reference and Gödel's TheoremHalfway to Infinity: Large NumbersInfinitely SmallInfinitely Many Numbers Having a Finite SumTwistsTwo Levels of Perception:Knowing without KnowingContent and HuskChangeEstrangementAn Endless EncounterAppendix A: Mathematical FieldsAppendix B: Sets of NumbersAppendix C: Poetical Mechanisms Mentioned in the Book Readership: Those interested in Mathematics, those interested in poetry, and the general public. Key Features:It presents laymen and mathematicians alike with beautiful pieces of mathematics, and studies techniques of both poetry and mathematics that contribute to beautyKeywords:Mathematics;Poetry;Aesthetics;Beauty;Popular Mathematics;Paradoxes;Psychology of BeautyReviews: “The book is well-illustrated with diagrams and small photographs. The style is discursive and lively, but the central ideas are clearly communicated. It is not always easy to portray the attraction of mathematics to friends or relatives, or to get across that the essence of mathematics is imagination and creativity rather than routine calculation or the mere manipulation of symbols. By highlighting parallels with poetry, the book may help break down such communication barriers. It may also provide youngsters, so often disillusioned by a prescriptive curriculum, with an insight into the true nature of mathematics.” London Mathematical Society Newsletter

Kiss Off

Poems to Set You Free

Author: Mary D. Esselman,Elizabeth Ash Vélez Bestselling authors of The Hell With Love

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0446555347

Category: Poetry

Page: 232

View: 7137

The editors of "The Hell with Love" are back, applying their irreverent view of life and love to help melt the hardest heart. For anyone who's been let down by life and love, these poems reveal that the most important person one can fall in love with is oneself.

Love You Forever

Author: Robert N. Munsch,Sheila McGraw

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9780920668375

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 9391

As her son grows up from little boy to adult man, a mother secretly rocks him each night as he sleeps.

Mother Poems

Author: Hope Anita Smith

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805082319

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 72

View: 880

An emotionally-charged collection of poems explores the death of a parent through the eyes of a child and then a young woman and features folk-art images that capture hope, strength, and the will to overcome.

Behind the Oscar

The Secret History of the Academy Awards

Author: Anthony Holden

Publisher: N.A


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 672

View: 6205

Discusses the award's history, the process by which winners are selected, and the famous and not-so-famous people whose lives have won Oscars

Cry, Smile, Wonder


Author: David Sarnacki

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781985724297


Page: 108

View: 6844

In Cry, Smile, Wonder, David Sarnacki lays bare meaningful moments from our collective struggles and joys of being human. There are poems that will make you cry, poems to make you smile, poems about wonder and whimsy, and poems that might even touch your heart. Written in a plain conversational style, these poems are highly accessible to nontraditional readers, with an eclectic mix of inspirational topics and styles. You will find poems touching on such subject matters as: relationships, things Thrivers tell Survivors, friendships, love and divorce, family, parents and children, adoption, death, grief and loss, suicide, hope, peace and joy, days to cry and the only time to die, and goodness. You will meet a Madam, the fat boy, Olivia and her counselor, the uncelebrated beauty, peach friend, Grampa Joe, a werewolf, aging basketball players, and many others. And hopefully you will find your mind and heart open to some of the unfolding mysteries of life. From the simple to the extraordinary, from the common to the personal, there is something special in this collection for everyone. Poems include: Whispering, Fabric Store, Madam Mei, Things Thrivers Tell Survivors, Rain, Fat Boy, A Night, Coming Back To The Normal, While You're Drinking Coffee, Men Are Gathering, Fool, First A Dream, Warmest Winter Day, Baby Names, Clean Your Room, Canyon, Snowflake, Esprit, A Time To Die, Poet, Olivia's Session, Another Step, Black & White, Maya & Mama, Gabrielle's Adoption, Crayons, Sky Goddess, Looking, The Uncelebrated Beauty, The Night After The Last Day Of School, Swirls, Peach Friend, Grampa Joe's Thanksgiving Blessing, Your Challenge, D.C. On A Monday Night, Another Day, The Dream, A Son's Prayer, A Father's Day, Baby Meggie, Chaos, The Wanderer, See The Child, Thank Love, The Wind, Emma, My Love, Carly's Birthday, Presence, Dwelling, The Cracks Around, Examination, The Gift Within Us, Mystery, Ava's Letter, Moment #694,137,600, Gifts From Irish Eyes, Peace, Today I Cry, Morning Love, Hope, From The Pilgrim In The Last Pew, Letters, Regan, Solstices, No Catch, Night Woman, and The Joy Of Living

Brown Girl Dreaming

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0147515823

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 368

View: 2579

"Contains seven new, original poems by the author"--Page [4] of cover.

Book of Dog


Author: Cleopatra Mathis

Publisher: Sarabande Books

ISBN: 1936747804

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

View: 653

Influenced by survival lessons from the natural world, Cleopatra Mathis’ Book of Dog traces a harrowing personal journey from hard endings—a divorce, the death of a beloved dog—to the fierce arrival of acceptance and change. All manner of life thrives in these pages–plovers, foxes, the companionable beetle on the bedpost, and the coyotes just beyond her back door. This poet’s discerning eye, focused on the stringent truth of what she sees around her, aims outward and refuses the sentimental. Throughout the search, she is guided by the unbounded faithfulness and wisdom of her noble and comic companions on the path.

Big Deal

One Year as a Professional Poker Player

Author: Anthony Holden

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349142440

Category: Travel

Page: 384

View: 9775

BIG DEAL is the mesmerising story of a year spent by bestselling biographer Anthony Holden in the tough world of the professional poker player. He spent days and nights in the poker paradise of Las Vegas, in Malta and Morocco, even shipboard, mingling with the legendary greats, sharpening his game, perfecting his repartee, and learning a great deal about himself in the process. Poker, Holden would insist, is not gambling. Like chess it is a paradigm of life at its most intense, a gladiatorial contest that brings out the best as well as the worst in people. Its heroes, its eccentrics and is comedians stalk the pages of this remarkable book, along with all the hair-raising, nail-biting excitement of the games themselves. A classic of the genre, BIG DEAL is here reissued with a new introduction by the author.

Hand in Hand

An Anthology of Love Poems

Author: Carol Ann Duffy

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330482257

Category: Love poetry

Page: 116

View: 7871

For this collection, the prize-winning poet, Carol Ann Duffy, selected 40 of the best world poets writing today - 20 men and 20 women - and invited each of them to select a love poem written by the opposite sex, to appear opposite their own love poem. Poems from other centuries are included.

Persistent Voices

Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS

Author: David Groff,Philip Clarke

Publisher: Alyson Publications

ISBN: 9781593501532

Category: Poetry

Page: 282

View: 9789

40 of the most admired poets who died of AIDS are remembered in a new and groundbreaking collection. From Reinaldo Arenas, Tory Dent and James Merrill to Paul Monette, Essex Hemphill and Joe Brainard, Persistent Voices memorialises these poets and many others by presenting their work - often dealing with AIDS but also other enduring topics - in the context of an unending epidemic that has profoundly affected global literature.

Galaxy Love: Poems

Author: Gerald Stern

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393254925

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

View: 5041

Galaxy Love showcases the voice of a beloved and acclaimed poet, celebrating the passions and rhythms of life. The poems in this new volume by the winner of the National Book Award span countries and centuries, reflecting on memory, aging, history, and mortality. “Hamlet Naked” traverses Manhattan in the 1960s from a Shakespeare play on 47th Street to the cellar of a Ukrainian restaurant in the East Village; “Thieves and Murderers” encompasses musings of the medieval French poet François Villon and Dwight Eisenhower; “Orson” recounts a meeting of the poet and Orson Welles, exiled in Paris. Gerald Stern recalls old cars he used to drive—“the 1950 Buick / with the small steering wheel / and the cigar lighter in the back seat”—as well as intimate portraits of his daily life “and the mussel-pooled and the heron-priested shore” of Florida. These are wistful, generous, lively love poems and elegies that capture the passage of time, the joys of a sensual life, and remembrances of the past.

The Seasons of Cullen Church

Author: Bernard O'Donoghue

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571330487

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

View: 9080

Shortlisted for the 2016 T. S. Eliot Prize, this new collection of expert lyric poems from Whitbread Poetry Award winner Bernard O'Donoghue movingly animates the scenery and characters of his childhood in County Cork. The mythologies of family are here: the relative who maybe emigrated to America to be 'set upon at his arrival / for the few pounds sewn inside his coat'; the memory of 'Barty, a hopeless speller', caned so hard he dances; the big top come to the town park; the stolen apples raided from the orchard near the old school. Here too are the collective myths, the groundwater of older texts - Virgil's Aeneid, the Riddles of the Exeter Book, Dante's Purgatorio, the lives of the ancients and the gods - all of which in O'Donoghue's dexterous and discerning care reach forward from their long-ago origins to echo down our own lives. Many of these poems speak in elegy: for Connolly's Bookshop - closed down and mourned - or for lost friends; for the nostalgic places to which one cannot return, the field-corners and long roads of the deep past: 'So wistful is the recognition now / of the places that I hardly noted'. The stunning title piece, and the deft and poignant poems that make up this collection, will confirm O'Donoghue's place as one of the most approachable and agile voices in contemporary Irish and British poetry. 'I'm fascinated by O'Donoghue's wry vision, his infinitely gentle manner of displacing our more predictable reactions to things as they are so that we glimpse their underlying tragedy.' Tom Paulin