Carver: A Life in Poems - Curve-Breaker to Called Summary & Analysis

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Curve-Breaker to Called Summary

"Curve-Breaker" discusses how does Carver break the ice in college. Is it the prayer group he joins, the agricultural society he founds, writing the class poem, painting the class picture, his great arguments in debate, etc.? He is exceptional at everything. No one knows why Carver is so well-liked. When Sue Carver comes to visit, a woman asks if she is his mother and Carver and Sue laugh. Carver does so well at school that Doc is his nickname.

"The Nervous System of the Beetle" is told from the professor's perspective. Carver is in a class called Intro to Invertebrates (meaning animals that have no backbone). A student describes the nervous system of a beetle and he says the beetle has a backbone. Carver laughs hysterically. The student leaves the room in embarrassment. The teacher does not get the joke. Carver continues laughing...

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