Thoughts and Reviews

My thoughts on Pulling Words by Nicholas Trandahl. One of the best Contemporary Poets around today. @PoetTrandahl

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing

Release Date: April Twenty-Sixth 2017

Average Rating: 5/5 🌟

Available on KU



Nicholas Trandahl is an avid outdoorsman and credits his many adventures and travels as the prime source of inspiration for his writings. One is just as likely to find him on a trail or beside a trout stream as sitting at his writing desk with his old typewriter, a family heirloom. Trandahl writes at the edge of the Black Hills of Wyoming, where he lives with his wife and children.

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My Thoughts and Review

I don’t even know where to start! You can learn so much from reading Trandahl’s poetry about perfecting your own craft. His poems are subtle, so they don’t immediately scream to you this is a love poem, or like in poem The Lengths we All Go writing about invisible mental wounds, or in Belgium, which again is not overtly referred to, but is a depiction of terrorism.

‘Love is more solid
than anything else –
more eternal
It will never
be broken into dust
by a wielder of terror,’

The execution of his lines, and the words he chooses, are so right. This book hooks you in. It brings the outside into the insides of this book, from childhood, to his time as a soldier, and marriage, and fatherhood.

There are lines

‘that building is a bar now
one of many that balance out
the number of churches in town,’

for example

you would be forgiven for missing the meaning, the full weight of the words, because the poems are so multi layered, they tell a complete story, and there are emotions in every sentence. The influences, which Trandahl dedicates some of his poems to, (Tolstoy, Hemingway, etc.) make an impression on the writing too.

I was blown away by Pulling Words, and I was expecting something marvellous to begin with. My initial review read something like ggdhdkkaaaalllnfeeencbxxxxx because Trandahl writes so well, and it seems like something from another era too, as if Trandahl has an old soul, like me.


Further Reading



Here comes the Sun


Maroon Daydreams


(Photos are from If you click on the photo it will send you to the photographer’s page. Book Photos are my own and cannot be used without my permission)


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