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. 1

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