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Poetic Pearls


Due to be released in the first quarter of 2018. (No release date set yet).


“Through The Darkness, With Love by Sandeep N. Tripathi (Volume 1 – 3rd Edition) is an accomplished volume of poetry by an author well versed in and comfortable with his chosen craft. Making extensive use of acrostic techniques along with verses using assonance and consonance to marry the vowel sounds, he has crafted a polished collection of verse. As one would expect, the subject matter is mostly about love and loss in all their sublime or painful manifestations. The joy of finding love, the despair when love fails, the bitterness of losing a loved one, and the gnawing envy of a long hoped-for partner finding love with another.

Using a variety of literary devices, Sandeep N. Tripathi has produced a volume of intricate and sometimes complex poetry. Through The Darkness, With Love demonstrates his skill with words as he opens his heart, allowing his feelings to cascade onto the page in a stream of poignant verse. Though the true meaning can sometimes be playfully misleading (I am thinking of the poem Me And My Baby) the poetry is clear and accessible. A heartfelt, often thought provoking work with much to recommend it, but at the end I am left wondering who is Penelope?”

“In life, growth is imminent. And, growth without change, is unthinkable. And, to make the unthinkable thinkable, new roads need to be carved out by way of old ones. The old stands tall and firm and befriends the new to fall into place, with refined maturity and greater understanding and cultured admiration. It’s simply pure Magic.” — Sandeep N. Tripathi
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Lux, Veritas, Virtus

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a poetic book of stanzas. Written with a modern and unique flavor, the bar is quickly set high in the lyrical beauty shining throughout each and every stanza. I quite favored ‘A River A Love’ and ‘A Poetic Letter’ as one is filled with regret and compassion for the reader, while the other shows a deep love of the seasons presented by Mother Nature. Profound emotional undertones brush each sentence and it is plain to see that much thought has been put into what is written, while combining old English with new. 1

Lux,  Veritas,  Virtus [Light,  Truth,  Courage] – The author’s poetry noticeably comes from deep within the soul. Each poem packs a sentimental impact, the likes of which I have never before seen, embracing life, love, nature and unforeseen circumstances which had derailed one’s planned future, setting it on a different course than what was initially planned. Another poem which tickled my thinking cap was ‘But Why?’ In the course of reading the poem, it made me take a look at myself and my own life, regarding how I feel, while asking myself why I feel the way I do. Such thought-provoking words which cause the reader to go inside their own mind are only born of true talent. Through the Darkness, With Love: Volume 1 is expressive, mindful and filled with beauty. I recommend it to all lovers of poetry who are not afraid to look inside themselves for answers, while allowing themselves to soak in the ambiance of the quatrain within. 2

For lovers of poetry, Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 will be a generous treat, a beautiful poetry collection featuring a variety of themes, but the most recurrent ones are love, religion, and humanity. The author’s poetry will appeal to a wide audience because of its universality and the simplicity of its style. As I read ‘But Why,’ I couldn’t help recalling the drama of love that many couples go through. But there is a very powerful truth in it, a universal law: Love begets love, and hatred begets more hatred. In a way, the author seems to caution readers that what they give is what they receive. And the poem ends on a startlingly beautiful note: 3

“Perhaps, we are two of a kind
Certainly, our hearts on fire
Conceivably, our love’s blind
Day & night – lives on a wire
But why?”

The lyricism and the wit that come across in this collection are powerful. The writing is elegant, and there is a perceived art in every poem. Most of the poems are short, constructed with short lines and some of the stanzas are comprised of three rhythmic lines. Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is soulful, searching, and haunting. It will delight and entertain readers, and remind them of their shared feelings and sentiments, of the shared heritage of our humanity. 4


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Lux Sit

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a volume of short poems in a variety of styles that tells short stories and is written with an almost lyrical zeal. All of the poems have some deep meaning hidden in them, and a few are in a longer and more free-form style while others are short and punchy, meant to drive ideas home as fast as possible. There is some repetition as well, in such poems as ‘The Beginning’ and ‘Hearts in Motion,’ and there is discussion of the nucleus of life and love and a lot of other interesting imagery that makes them feel like they are connected, despite covering vastly different themes. 5

Lux  Sit [Let  there  be  Light] – I believe my favorite poem of the volume is ‘A Candle A Life’  because it is very positive and uplifting. Many of the poems have a strong repetition hidden directly in the verses that feels like a chorus, where many stanzas begin and end with the title of the poem, and it is emphasized throughout. I enjoyed the breadth of topics covered in the work and thought the author did an amazing job of discussing difficult things without getting preachy or derogatory about anything. All in all, the poems were fun to read and short, without feeling like anything was left out. Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a truly excellent volume of poetry, full of powerful moments and brilliant imagery sure to delight many fans of short poems. 2

Through the Darkness, With Love, Vol. 1 is a gorgeous book of poetry with a theme of love lost and longing. Each poem by author is packed with emotion and is unique in its own way. Many of the poems are long like stories and some are short and to the point. Other poems are based on one topic or a few topics and are original in that way, heading the paragraph with the specific word or phrase that the author tends to focus upon. Inside these pages, the reader will find an array of thoughts and feelings based on a central theme of love lost, but they will also find different poetic structures and even gorgeous old-fashioned language here and there. There is a tender but edgy balance that keeps you reading on through the pages. 3

One of my favorite poems was ‘A Shivering Heart’ which ties all of these themes together. I also enjoyed ‘At the End of the Woods’ for the natural theme, and ‘God and Me’ which was a personal poem about what God gave the author. The author has a great handle on language and imagery, and often chooses words to highlight both the pain and glory of love, such as needles and thorns. This book of poetry was a joy to read, an emotional punch for the reader, for sure. I recommend it to fans of poetry about the ups and downs of love. 4


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Lux ex Tenebris

Writing a review for a poetry collection is similar to writing a review for a short story anthology — difficult because there are always stories/poems a reader will like/love and those s/he dislikes or even hates. With relief and delight, I can report up front that there is not a single poem in this book that I disliked or hated. Through The Darkness, With Love – Volume 1 provides a wide variety of poesy that spans the width and breadth of human emotions and life. 5

Lux  ex  Tenebris [Light  from  Darkness] – The poems vary in style and definition, from rhythm and rhyme to prose poetry, and a form I had not seen before whereby the first letter of each stanza spelled a name or message associated with the poem. One of my favorite examples of this is ‘Stormy Evening’ in which the first letters spell out — hate is more lasting than dislike, and include a Latin phrase within the poem, Non Omnis Moriar, which translates to a partial quote from Horace, “not all of me will die.” I have several other favorites, but truly each page brings a new poem that awakens a new emotional response, so much so as to create a sense of floating on life’s ocean. 2

The author is a master at evoking these emotional images with his sensitivity for wordsmithing, understanding of the human psyche, and above all, an agile imagination. I can easily recommend Through The Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 for all lovers of poetry, life and the pursuit of love. 3

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 has been written over many years and indeed contains a mix of poetry from poems on youthful love and infatuation, heartache, betrayal, sadness, to a mature acceptance of life and everything that it brings with it. The emphasis on most of the poetry in this book is on romantic love and heartbreak, with life lessons thrown in between with powerful titles such as ‘Headless and Heartless’, ‘Stormy Evening’, and ‘The Sleeping Stranger’. This is a fairly short collection of poems and can be read in any order. 4

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 contains a good set of poems revolving around a central theme of lost love and heartache. The writing comes across as simple and genuine with no artificial frills. It seems to come from the heart. Although the main theme of the poems is love, there is also an underlying element of life and the philosophy that everything that happens in life is simply meant to happen, and that is just how it is. One can also sense sometimes that the poems were written at different time periods because the subject matter varies from the love of the very young to the mature. Overall, Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a good read for people who are poetry fans. 5


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Ubi Amor, Ibi Dolor

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a collection of poems centered on love: how it influences us, how it impacts us, and the power that it holds. There are a few poems which reference God, displaying a strong sense of faith and trust, but the author’s work truly shines when it comes to discussing love. In ‘Love, Truth, & Honesty,’ he outlines both the wonderful power of love and the ensuing passion, excitement, and happiness, but also a darker side of love which threatens those who cross it, thus offering a more complex view of love that often is not touched upon. 6

Ubi  Amor,  Ibi  Dolor  [Where  there  is  Love,  there  is  Pain] – I love poetry; everything from the more elementary Dr. Seuss to the head scratching T.S. Eliot — and so I absolutely loved reading Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1. His poetry is very powerful, often leaving you with something to think about. Several of the poems stuck with me, even after reading, for various reasons. Some of my favorites are: ‘Stormy Evening,’ which transforms the recklessness and impulsiveness of nature by channeling its power into love and passion, as well as ‘A Candle A Life’ which likens a person’s life to a candle and the melting process to our journey through life and towards death, ultimately implying that we should strive to light up the world around us, just as a candle does. A very wonderful collection of poetry!  2

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a collection of poems by one who understands life from an emotional point of view. The poet takes readers on a journey of emotions, through an artistic style of poetry. The poems flow in a evolving rhythm, in which the poet shares tidbits from his life experiences. This creative approach welcomes and encourages readers to take a leap of faith. Whenever someone reads a poetry book, it is symbolic to take a leap of faith into the poet’s world. The descriptive word usage not only captures the intellect, but it also creates a bridge of transfiguration, where readers experience the expressions and see from the poet’s point of view. Not many writers can pull off such a feat. This poet is among those who are skilled enough to deliver such a potent read.  3

Each poem takes readers on a personal journey. Two people can read the same poem and experience something totally different. Some of the poems take on the approach of a sonnet, while others may mimic a couplet. The author’s unique writing style is evident throughout the book. I enjoyed the varied stylistic approach to poetry as the author presents it. I would recommend this book to poetry readers of all ages and artists seeking the doorway to poetry. In a line taken from a poem, the author says, “Growth of human beings symbolizes a decay process.” This opening line of the poem ‘A Candle A Life’ speaks volumes. In life, we must seize the day because soon the day will seize us. Brilliant use of imagery throughout the book. 4

“Poetry is literature to a rhythm. Many times readers will not see into the tunnel we have created through poetry.” – Source Unknown






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Semper Fidelis


Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a book of an offering of poems rich in both texture and heartfelt sentiment that will leave lovers of poetry feeling as though they have been both nourished and cocooned in the safety of a soft blanket. Life has its ups and downs, its good points and its bad points. Life is happy; life is sad; and life is full of love and laughter. In Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 – the author uses lyrical, narrative and acrostic poetry forms, and explores the multitude of emotions and elements that make up life: “Life goes on,/ Enveloped in ample laughter and sorrow/ Surmounting obstacles and hindrances”.  5

Semper  Fidelis  [Always  Faithful] – The author talks about love: for a partner, for a child, for a friend. He talks about things that matter to him, that matter to life. Like music: “Music is my life,/ verbalizing the feelings/ feeling the feelings/ hard to conceal in the/ depths of my heart and soul.” This book of poems is like breathing in a breath of fresh air. After being scorned by love’s thorns, it is good to know that there is a lighter side of life and we must always look at our journey as lessons and accept the good with the bad, yet remain hopeful, knowing that life must go on. If you have ever fallen in love and experienced heartache, you will undoubtedly relate to the poems in this book. Love, truth and honesty are what you will experience with this work of art. If you have ever read Love Warrior, and Present over Perfect, you will definitely find that these poems convey those exact sentiments of living a life of purpose and seeing the beauty in love, despite the hardships in a relationship. I found this book of poetry an inspirational read indeed.  2

Poetry is defined as a literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. The author reveals that his work was inspired by inspirational love that set his heart and soul on fire which, in turn, brought to light absolute confidence in creating opulent and magnificent poetry with great character and integrity. This is clearly evident in each stanza and in each body of work lovingly presented to us, the readers, sharing in the intimate moments author puts before us like a bowl of steaming, chicken soup that will nourish both our bodies and our souls.  3

The poetry expresses a connection with God: “God gave me a loving caring heart/ He gave me a beautiful poetic art/ ….God gave me an inspiring love.” He writes about tangible, realistic elements in daily life, like his poem The Art of Selling,’ and he writes about the passionate beauty of the world around him: “In a nature’s beauty, here am I/ Day & night, shining alike star”.  And he writes about the intangible things – our dreams and aspirations.  4


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Amor est Vitae Essentia


Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a collection of over seventy poems. The author proclaims that  they were inspired by a figment of his imagination, namely, Inspirational Love. He believes that in order to understand life, one must read, sing, dance, love, and welcome nature’s beauty. In the poem ‘A Candle, A Life’, the author compares the candle’s similarities as it exemplifies life. He expresses appreciation for each wondrous day given in ‘A Farewell, A Welcome’. People are different but all are loved in ‘God & Me’. One of my favorites is ‘A Woman’ because it describes her so beautifully. The evocative words in ‘All in Bonne Foi’ will explain why love is an art saturated in desires. ‘The Smile’ is the best remedy to take your blues away.  5

Amor  est  Vitae  Essentia  [Love  is  the  Essence  of  Life] – The poems revolve around everyday happenings and the author glorifies the daily beauty and awesome elements of every day of our lives. Every poem in the collection has its own appeal and will make readers look at their surroundings and life with a new outlook. It will make them more observant of what is happening in their lives. The author’s style of writing is descriptive and I enjoyed the rhyming poems a lot. The author gives good rhythm and a lyrical quality to the poems. The last poem in the book – ‘About Life’ – is perfect and, as the author mentions, life goes on and he motivates and encourages readers to walk the journey of life with self-respect.  2

From the melancholy farewell to an old flame in ‘A Poetic Letter’, to an ode to God, the Creator in ‘God & Me’, to the heart of a romantic in ‘In Simple Words’, to the revelations of the soul in ‘There’s Something Between Us’ – which would make a wonderful ballad – each lays bare the poet’s soul like the unfurling petals of a tiny rose bud as it soaks in the early morning dew. However, not all of the author’s poems speak of the lofty ideals of love and romance. In ‘The Power’, he pays tribute to what makes the world go round – the power of politics, the power of money, and the power of love.  3

The words in the author’s selection of poems places a strong emphasis on love and life in general, taking an intellectual approach. He states that in reality we are responsible for our actions, and are our own ‘Judge, Jury & Executioner’. Some of the poems have good rhyming flow, while others are free verse. Not all are written in traditional poetry forms, but include a few deep-thinking essays as well. Two of these essays are ‘The Woman in My Life’ and ‘The Man’. Persons who are fond of philosophical poetry will like the uplifting musings of Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1.  4


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Amor Vincit Omnia


“Like going into a restaurant, if the appetizer is flavorful you will begin to imagine that everything else on the menu will follow suit and will not disappoint. The beautiful works of art you will experience will romance you in several different languages, from English and French to Italian. Fall in love as you read such poems as ‘Ab Imo Pectore’, Dreaming, ‘All in Bonne Foi’, ‘As I Parted’, ‘Ma Chere’, ‘A Poetic Letter’ and ‘Love, Truth & Honesty’.  5

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a collection of poems that speaks about life and emotions in general. The poet’s observations and views on life and his surroundings have been expressed in a very aesthetic way, giving readers a good perspective on his thinking and his views on life and love. Through his poetry, the poet takes readers to another dimension of life, and encourages them to understand that what lies beneath the surface of what we see and what we think is the real thing. The world of aestheticism he creates with his poetry is encouraging and it transports readers into a world of creativity.  2

Amor  Vincit  Omnia  [Love  Conquers  All]‘A Poetic Letter’ makes me curious about the person named Mrs. Penelope and the story behind it: “Dear Mrs. Penelope, please put on your thinking cap / Between us, there was, is and shall always be a gap / Back then, I stood up for my heart & soul’s content / Today, you have to stand up for your mind’s content.” The personal connection between the author and this Penelope is again reinstated in ‘SandeePenelope’: “Where shall you keep a man with the poetic art / Can you keep all of them in your little heart? / However, from one of them, you can easily part / Therefore, Penelope begins where Sandeep ends”.  3

The poems revolve around everyday happenings and the author glorifies the daily beauty and awesome elements of every day of our lives. Every poem in the collection has its own appeal and will make readers look at their surroundings and life with a new outlook. It will make them more observant of what is happening in their lives. The style of writing is descriptive and I enjoyed the rhyming poems a lot. The poet gives good rhythm and a lyrical quality to the poems.  4

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a collection of exalting poems with the theme of life and love. Some are obviously personal while some are subtle and universal. The prose is descriptive, has a solid, somewhat unconventional flair, and is not confined by its own rhyme.  5


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Veni, Vedi, Vici


“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” Mary Oliver. This is the Preface that sets the stage for the over seventy poems in Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1. In this book, you are taken into the world of imagination of what love could be, according to the author. We all have our own view of what love is. If you asked a million, a thousand, or even a hundred people what love is, you will receive numerous variations as an answer. You see, love begins in the heart, which translates to the mind. In Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1, you are taken on a journey of deep elements of love which are a part of the poet’s imagination.  6

Veni,  Vidi,  Vici  [I  came,  I  saw,  I  conquered] – In Through The Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1, the author tells a story of hearts in motion and it seems that he has found his soul mate, but alas, he is alone. Was this affair just his imagination? I think not, for only a man who has known love and loss can write with such sensitivity and insight, so poetically.  2

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a collection of poems that are deep, searching, human, and at times poignantly humorous. This is a new and powerful poetic voice that talks about universal themes like love, faith, human encounters, and a lot more. The collection features well-written, rhythmic and well-rhymed poems. The writing is very evocative and whether the author talks about love, God, politics, or whether he talks about the “pain of being human,” there is a beauty that comes across in the simplicity of style, the symbolism that comes through the beautiful diction, and the philosophical tone that pierces the darkness. There is depth in most of the poems, and the author allows his humanity to come through each poem very clearly. Some of my favorite ones are ‘A Solitary Lover,’ ‘The State I Am In,’ ‘An Abysmal Love,’ and ‘Could this Be True Stranger’.  3

But these are not the only subjects that the author turns his acerbic eye to: success, wealth, politics, and the market place also produce some powerful verses, with his poems ‘The Art Of Hypocrisy’ along with ‘A Communism A Democracy’ being prime examples.  4


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