Explosive and incantatory, The Low Passions traces the fringes of the American experiment through the eyes of a young drifter. Pathologically frugal, reckless, and vulnerable, the narrator of these viscerally compelling poems hops freight trains, hitchhikes, dumpster dives, and sleeps in the homes of total strangers, scavenging forgotten and hardscrabble places for tangible forms of faith. A range of strong-willed characters takes shape, amplified by a chorus of monologues from the strangers who shelter him and the family he's left behind--each made manifest by the poet's devoted ear and sensitive eye.
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: March 12, 2019
Dimensions: 5.7 X 0.6 X 8.3 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author
Anders Carlson-Wee''s work has appeared in the Paris Review, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Low Passions is an ode to America, the distances between place and people, the desire to quiet the self in order to better hear the world. Shaped through glimpses of a life in motion, these poems rattle along with energy and awe like the trains that fill these pages. If the work feels wild, there is also a feeling of tenderness as Anders Carlson-Wee reflects on childhood and brotherhood, what family means, and how a stranger can feel like family. The Low Passions reminds us to go out each day in wonder ready for the unknown to call to us.--Dorianne Laux, author of Only as the Day Is Long