Traxler, Patricia Forbidden Words: Poems

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“It wasn’t the words that killed, it Was the wilderness between the words, Like the wilderness of God, The catch of breath beyond a prayer, The wait, the long way home From candle’s gleam.” From “The Words”
Forbidden Words
, Patricia Traxler’s third book of poetry, explores the weight of unspoken thoughts and the emotional consequences that they may have. Her poems erupt from the prairies and farms of the Midwest, and in them she seeks refuge from the tumultuous storms of spiritual doubt, love, and loss.
In her longer poems, such as “The Wife Talks in Her Sleep” and “The Lunatic’s Ball,” Traxler examines the relationship of silence to the language of women. Her crisp, shorter poems like “Lullaby” and “How I Got This Way” offer insight into the growth of spirituality and childhood in a Midwestern town.
Those fascinated with the power of language and the challenge of faith will find Traxler’s poems a captivating read.

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These poems explore, in particular, the relationship of women to language - how they absorb power from it, or use it as a refuge. Many of the poems also treat the interplay of spirit and landscape, or deal with faith and doubt. Traxler has also written Blood Calendar and The Glass Women.

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Patricia Traxler, a native of San Diego, currently lives in Salina, Kansas.  The author of two previous poetry collections, Blood Calendar and The Glass Women, Traxler is the recipient of several awards, including the 1991 Writer's Voice Award for Fiction, and a Bunting Poetry Fellowship.

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