The Low Passions


Anders Carlson-Wee (Author)


In this haunting debut, “Anders Carlson-Wee makes the rugged physical and emotional world of the upper plains our world” (B. H. Fairchild).

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. Amplified by a chorus of monologues from the strangers who shelter him, and the family he’s left behind, a range of strong-willed characters takes shape—made manifest by the poet’s devoted ear and sensitive eye.


You strike another match to eye the faces

on the fridge: not you, not you, not you, not you.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Forthcoming March 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-393-65238-3
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 80 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide