The book Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony and Ben Holden will be released on 10th April in the UK and is already available in the US (since 1st April) and has contributions from Ian McEwan, Stephen Fry, Colin Firth, Kenneth Brannagh but also Daniel Radcliffe. It's a collection of poetry so powerful that 100 great men have been moved to tears.
In partnership with Amnesty International, the collection also is emblematic of the human struggle to make a difference - as all poets rely on the human right to freedom of expression, but throughout history have been amongst the first targeted by repressive governments, because of their power to stir emotions and liberate ideas. It's for a special price available at the Amnesty International UK shop. but also via the publisher Simon & Schuster (UK, US)
Daniel is featured on page 169 to 171 and talks about the poem Long Distance I & II by Tony Harrison.
Update: 11th April 2014. A tweet with Daniel's quote.
Dan Radcliffe in #PoemsMenCry: 'If the last line doesn't bring you up short, you have the heart of a snow pea!' http://t.co/RqOMOgHX3t
— Poems Men Cry (@PoemsMenCry) April 11, 2014
Update: 26th April 2014. Via Twitter
What brought Daniel Radcliffe to tears? Check it out: http://t.co/pX8NnpOC0L @PoemsMenCry @DanJRadcliffeNL— Simon & Schuster (@SimonBooks) 26 april 2014
But in this fascinating anthology, one hundred men - distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theatre and human rights - confess to being moved to tears by poems that haunt them. Representing twenty 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.
Seventy-five percent of the selected poems were written in the twentieth century, with more than a dozen by women. Their themes range from love in its many guises, through mortality and loss, to the beauty and variety of nature. Three men have suffered the pain of losing a child; others 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, Ian McEwan to Stephen Fry, Stanley Tucci to Colin Firth, and Seamus Heaney to Christopher Hitchens, this collection delivers private insight into the souls of men whose writing, acting, and thinking are admired around the world.
Compiled by Anthony and Ben Holden. Anthony is an award-winning journalist who has published more than 30 books, including biographies of Laurence Olivier, Tchaikovsky and Shakespeare.He has published translations of opera, ancient Greek plays and poetry. His son Ben is a writer and film producer. He was director of European Film and Television at Exclusive Media, where he helped relaunch Britain's most famous film production label, Hammer. Anthony and Ben both live in London.source: amnesty.org.uk