“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
“There is an airport in my
shadowland I have spent
many days running late to,
many days on a train to.
I wonder if I am on my way to someone else’s shadow”
Quarantine/SSRI Dreams Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8
“…today your tongue will march backwards
it will turn a bow in its nest
and you will go thirsty
unless you learn a new name for everything”
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.”
Novus means “new” in Latin…
fresh, extraordinary, unusual, novel, revived…
NOVUS is a literary journal housed at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. NOVUS succeeds our previous literary journal, Lyre of the Phoenix.
As a journal, NOVUS publishes the very best of our student work alongside national and international poets, writers, and artists with established publishing histories. Quality is our main objective, and we strive to spark inspiration with material that reflects the origins of our name: “new and novel” with a fresh spirit and unique voice. We hope to enhance and maintain a community that cherishes creative expression by supporting original, modern perspectives on the human condition.
NOVUS Literary and Arts Journal