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Cary R. Nelson

Cary R. Nelson is the editor of numerous books, including the Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford, 2000), and author most recently of Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left (Routledge, 2003).


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Spring 2004 | Criticism

The poems I have chosen to memorize over the years answer to an odd mixture of social occasions and opportunities. When asked to perform a poem at nonacademic parties, I have found Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," not among the poems Harold Bloom includes in The Best Poems of the English Language (2004), to serve me best.