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“It wasn’t the words that killed, itWas the wilderness between the words,Like the wilderness of God, The catch of breath beyond a prayer,The wait, the long way homeFrom 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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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.From Publishers Weekly:
The bitterness of loss flows through Traxler's ( The Glass Women ) third collection like a powerful astringent. Having lost her faith in love, the poet hones her rage into scalpel-sharpness, probing and excising a lifetime of hurt. The first lesson in disappointment was learned at the knee of an immigrant grandmother for whom "the way to pain / Was joy, and ever after that the way / to pay for joy was pain." The writer's dramatic sense and the controlled elegance of her language ironically counterpose the poetry's intense emotional substratum. In "High Wire" she constructs a metaphor for the adrenalin-fraught anxiety of falling in love: "And now I find myself here, balanced / on groundless terrain, sucked ever outward on the wire, / past return . . . I only learn / I'm falling when I've fallen and time has stopped / like a failed heart." "Confession" is a riveting monologue exposing the web of dependency that has ensnared a battered wife in a cycle of denial and abuse: "I never told anyone, even my mother, / what he'd done because that would have given / my worst secret away: my life was a lie / and I was the liar; only a liar would stay." These poems strike a thrilling balance between personal disclosure and the rigors of writing.
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