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Writing That Makes Us Cry

This page doesn’t cross-list all my various posts about writing and books (which you can find by using the “Categories” on the right side of the main page). Rather it’s intended to highlight the beautiful works that I’ve featured here, especially writing that make us cry, or that examine the experience of crying. (I know, sometimes they are even funny.) If you have more suggestions, please send them my way, and I’ll add them to this list. What novels, stories, memoirs, poems, or other writing make you cry? Or evoke powerful emotions?

Pablo Neruda, “Poetry”

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Wislawa Symborska, “Slapstick”

T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land”

Samuel Becket, The Unnameable

Russell Banks, The Sweet Hereafter

James Agee, “Knoxville: Summer, 1915”

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mine the Harvest

Adrienne Rich, “Diving into the Wreck”

Martín Espada, “Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100” (mentioned and linked to in this post)

Tony Hoagland, “How It Adds Up”

Harriet Arnow, The Dollmaker

Theodore Roethke, “The Meadow Mouse”

Don Stap, “Not Easy”

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