THE LOW PASSIONS makes a Walden Pond of the railyard and cornucopias of every dumpster behind a strip mall. It paints portraits akin to those of James Agee, but to be captivated by them solely is to risk overlooking the urgency of experience in this debut collection. As terror drives the sublime and duende keeps one cold foot in the grave, these poems are as chilling as they are electrifying.”

—GREGORY PARDLO, PULTIZER PRIZE WINNER

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. . . [It] 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

“A poet of the contemporary Midwest who actually knows it. Rather than repeating the cheap tunes of nostalgia, America would do better to read Carlson-Wee and a poetry that reassumes its ancient task of truth-telling.”

—B. H. FAIRCHILD, NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER