Reviewed By: Ruffina Oserio
Review Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
Through the Darkness, With Love: A Poetic Love Story by Sandeep Narayan Tripathi is a collection of poems that cover a wide range of themes — love, nature, intimacy, and many others. The style is deceptively simple, but beneath its simplicity is a current of emotions, an instance of reality captured in a unique language, with images that are compelling. Some of the poems offer a musical cadence that will irresistibly lure readers. Some are very intimate, showcasing the author’s experience of life and navigating the different seasons of the author’s soul. One of the things that caught my attention in this collection is the author’s gift of perception and the spiritual feel the poems communicate.
In Through the Darkness, With Love: A Poetic Love Story, readers who enjoy nature will discover a kinship with Sandeep Narayan Tripathi. The author’s diction is simple and I also loved how the author experiments with words, seeking a rhythm that is unique and that achieves the poetic effect intended for the audience. One of my favorites is a stanza that closes a poem, which reads like a conversation:
“Perhaps, we are two of a kind
Certainly, our hearts are on fire
Conceivably, our love’s blind
Day and night, lives on a wire
This is a great collection, and even if all the poems do not feature the same level of depth and confidence in writing, there are those that will undoubtedly resonate with readers, thanks to the author’s sense of human emotion. The images that accompany some of the poems are very telling. Overall, this is an intimate kind of poetry, loaded with imagery and insightful lines.