Patricia Traxler

William Morrow & Co., Inc., NY

Jacket photo by Helen McKenna

Blood Calendar

Blood Calendar, Traxler's first volume of poetry, was published in 1975 by William Morrow & Co., Inc. (Carol Hill, editor).

From the publisher:

"This volume of poems introduces a major new voice in contemporary poetry. The sources and subjects range over music, motherhood, war, sexual experience, aging, marriage, and death. They are women's poems, men's poems...they are poems about living, dying, loving, and leaving. They present an original and strong new talent that is, for all its savagery, buoyant...These poems reflect a world where poetry is wedded to daily life in a way that infuses new energy into the already extraordinarily strong forces seen within it."

Some reviews of Blood Calendar:

"A fierce and passionate collection!"
--Publishers Weekly

"Adds humor and a sense of fantasy to the genre of feminist poetry."
--Library Journal

"Patricia Traxler is an authentic new voice in American poetry. She writes vital, well-crafted poems about some of the most fundamental themes that concern--or ought to concern--every poet: love, death, war, old age, religion. She is a feminist who writes with sympathy for and understanding of men--lovers as well as old men...The poems in Blood Calendar are remarkably versatile: they range from the contemplative to the mildly humorous to the satiric, from the straightforward clarity of the feminist 'Allow Me' to the rich density of 'The Reassembly Job.' She succeeds."
--Clifton Snider, Long Beach Independent-Press Telegram

"These poems contain a strong sense of the power of juxtaposition, word contrast, and feeling for unusual sound. Ms. Traxler writes movingly and with a clear voice and unlimited energy. Her themes are universal."
--Pittsburgh Press

Blood Calendar is now out of print.

Selected Works

Poetry
"Traxler holds us in the devastating thrill of freefall, half-past naming and this close to combustion. Her skill at balancing the tempting fixity of nouns and the reckless commotion of verbs is no less heart-rending than a principal ballerina's sustained pirouette; she leaves us spinning..." --Joseph Braun, The Lune, March 2016 issue
“These poems strike a thrilling balance between personal disclosure and the rigors of writing.”
Publishers Weekly
"Brings to mind Walt Whitman at his best, for Traxler has written an absorbing, haunting, feminine 'Song of Myself,'" --Victor Contoski, Abraxas
"A fierce and passionate collection!" --Publishers Weekly
Novel
From the Toronto Sun: “Bloody good—a compelling and beautifully written novel." ...and from Margot Livesey, author of The Missing World and The House on Fortune Street: “With her stunning first novel, Blood, Patricia Traxler plunges the reader into a world both familiar and eerie. Seldom have the twin obsessions of love and art been more vividly or intelligently portrayed...More than almost any other novel I've read, Blood captures the relationship between an artist and her work, a relationship that is also susceptible to jealousy and revision and love...What an elegant, suspenseful debut.”
Selected Short Stories
Now available on Amazon's Kindle as singles, these award-winning short stories are from Traxler's collection in process, which looks with an ironic and darkly humorous eye at romantic love, fidelity and infidelity, the politics of sex, the single life and marriage, and the question of when, if ever, it all begins to make sense.
Author interviews
Traxler talks about dividing her writing life between poetry and fiction; about the challenges a writer faces when living in a region so far "outside the glittering current"; and about the literary influences and life experiences that have shaped her perspective as a woman and a writer.

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