The Low Passions, the debut full-length collection by Anders Carlson-Wee, is now available in paperback!
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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.
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The poem "Dynamite," from The Low Passions and Dynamite, was originally published in the Diode chapbook Mercy Songs by Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee.
Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (W.W. Norton, 2019), a New York Public Library Book Group Selection, and Dynamite (Bull City Press, 2015), winner of the Frost Place Chapbook Prize. He is co-author of the chapbook collection Mercy Songs (Diode 2015). His work has appeared in Narrative, New England Review, The Southern Review, AGNI, Best New Poets, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading series. In collaboration with his brother Kai, he co-directed the poetry film, ‘Riding the Highline’, which won the special jury prize for Innovation in Documentary Short Film at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Winner of Ninth Letter’s Poetry Award and New Delta Review’s Editors’ Choice Prize, he’s received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Camargo Foundation, Ucross, & Vanderbilt University.