The Low Passions (W.W. Norton)
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.
Winner of the 2015 David Blair Memorial Chapbook Prize
"The poetry I’ve been waiting my whole life to read" -Laura Kasischke
"I love how hard this book looks at the physical world, and how that looking turns into music" -Ross Gay
"These brothers speak to one another in a private language made lyric, made public, knowing no matter who they meet along the way, no one will ever know them as intimately as they know one another" -Dorianne Laux
"This is a wholly unique and powerful collection of poems" -Maurice Manning