“I’m thrilled to see these eight poems from The Low Passions (W.W. Norton 2019) find an online home at Novus Literary Arts Journal. I have valued my relationship with the entire Creative and Imaginative Writing Program at Cumberland University and look forward to continuing it.
Anders Carlson-Wee, on the inclusion of his work in our Spring 2021 Online Edition
Novus intern, Jamie Fleming, had the privilege of interviewing Anders Carlson-Wee, an award-winning author of The Low Passions (2019) and Dynamite (2015).
In the interview, Anders discusses his previous visit to Cumberland University, tips for new writers, his experiences with train-hopping, and his latest book, The Low Passions.
“I speak for you now/ That I know what permanence means/ What if I end up like her / Your lips, two camellia petals brushing against each other/ Pushing our prayers/ Everything will be okay / The first lie I ever spoke”
“The Gathering” – Francis Flavan
Shoshone and Paiutes mainly,
Led to Ga-Du-Gi gardening
By an Eastern Cherokee.
They are visions of course.
We Whites like set out on paper
The Weight of Smoke, the Sacrifice of Snails –Silver Webb
“She hears the click of the lighter through the phone. Into her ears comes Daniel’s inhale, the smoke settling in his lungs. In her mind, she sees the stars he lingers under, the only beautiful thing in his apartment complex, ceilings of cottage cheese, black cobwebs in stucco corners, an electric gate that smacks of detention.”