The Low Passions: Poems

The Low Passions: Poems

by Anders Carlson-Wee


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In a knockout debut collection haunted by shame, violence, and the darkest of our human origins, Anders Carlson-Wee mines nourishment and holiness from our depths.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393652383
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,277,920
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Anders Carlson-Wee’’s work has appeared in the Paris Review, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Riding the Owl's Eye 1

County 19 3

Dynamite 5

Finding Josh 7

Great Plains Food Bank 8

Leaving Fargo 9

Birdcalls 12

Living 14

Icefisher 16

McDonald's 17

Primer 19

The Muscles in Their Throats 21

Lodestar 23

Gathering Firewood on Tinpan 24

Cousin Josh on Doomsday 25

Asking for Work at Flathead Bible 27

Jim Tucker Lets Me Sleep in His Treehouse 29

To the Rail Cop at Rathdrum 31

Earshot 33

Flood of '97 34

The Raft 36

Cousin Josh on Family 37

Old Church 39

Moorcroft 40

Living with the Accident 41

Fire 43

Polaroid 44

Lillian 45

Short Bed 47

Between Boulders 49

Cousin Josh Goes Off on Food Stamps 50

Clausen's Dog 53

Checking for Ticks 55

Lyle Clears My Throat 56

Pride 59

News 60

St. Mary's Memorial 61

Cousin Josh on Lighthouse Mission 62

Soft Hunting 64

The Mark 66

Northern Corn 68

Cutting for Sign 70

Butte 71

Cousin Josh on His Liver 72

Affording the Funeral 74

Shoalwater 75

Ms. Range Wants to See Me in It 77

Taken In 78

The Low Passions 79

Years Later, I Go Back to Thank You 81

After Fighting 83

To My Cousin Josh with Nothing 84

Listening to a Rail in Mandan 86

Notes 89

Acknowledgments 91

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