Loves: Poets Introduce the Essential Poems That Captivated and Inspired
Them.Edited by Carmela Ciuraru. Scribner, 2000.
These recording are based on Carmela Ciuraru's book First Loves.
In this collection she assembles the "first loves" of sixty-eight
poets. She asked each poet to answer a question she had often asked
poem has haunted you, provoked you, obsessed you, made you want to
speak back to it? Not an easy question to answer, but one, I soon
learned, in which people seemed to enjoy immersing themselves." What
she found is that each poet attached a different meaning to their
"first love." She found that for each poet, "Each journey
is unique: Some used poetry as a means of working through grief; others
found their erotic yearnings expressed or sought refuge from chaotic
households. Regardless of how their commitment to verse began, these
poets all encountered particular poems that captivated them--and led
them, eventually, to write."
of the book from Salon.com.