Through the Darkness, With Love (Volume 1) by Sandeep N Tripathi 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 "e;pain of being human,"e; 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 lines are very philosophical and highly quotable and capture an existential truth that everyone has to face: life is never easy before a breakthrough. The very low moments could be those when life is budding within us, like a sacred spring ready to burst forth. Through the Darkness, With Love by Sandeep N Tripathi is very inspiring, a beautiful companion for poetic lovers. In a heartfelt and intriguing work, with each poem Sandeep draws the reader into his dark journey of the soul through love's perils and joys. The author tells a story of hearts in motion and it seems that he has found his soul mate, but alas, he is alone. Only a man who has known love and loss can write with such sensitivity and insight, so poetically.