Ray Simmons – A Review









Reviewed By: Ray Simmons

Review Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed By Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite

I usually look for a good story when I read a book. I have my preferences as far as genre, the period when it occurs, etc. But on a deeper level, I think I have a strong need to be moved by words, so sometimes I search for and read poetry. Through The Darkness, With Love: A Poetic Love Story by Sandeep Narayan Tripathi moved me. To be honest, this is the best book of poetry I have read in a long time. Look at this quote by Mary Oliver from the beginning of the preface: “Someone once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” These words moved me, and I kept reading, looking for similarly powerful words and images. My imagination took off with the thought of what exactly is in a box full of darkness and how one might move through that darkness with love.

Through The Darkness, With Love is a masterpiece. The words combine with the beautiful pictures and classical looking images to create a powerful and moving impact. The yearning for love to be eternal, and the need to immortalize love with words seem to be the heart of what Sandeep Narayan Tripathi wants his legacy as a poet to be. I think he succeeds. The words go straight to the heart and the pictures complement them. It works for me, especially in Simply Ask Myself, Nota Bene, and the haunting An Abysmal Love. If you are only going to buy one book of poetry this year, buy this one. Through The Darkness, With Love is the real thing.