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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. 1

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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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. 5

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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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.  5

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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