The Uncertainty Principle is a thoughtful collection of poems based on the author’s experience and broad learning. Chris Wallace-Crabbe (founding director of the Australian Centre and, more recently, chair of the peak artistic body, Australian Poetry Limited) in his testimonial for the book, wrote the following:
“Acute, concise and frequently aqueous, these poems always welcome the reader’s intelligence. Experience bears in on Paul Dolphin, yet he is not overborne. He is a sane, worldly poet for whom “Even fibro softens at the edge of night” and in whose lyric eloquence there is delight, again and yet again.”
This book of poetry walks the fluid line between the obscureness of some modern poetry, and the more plainly nuanced of narrative writings. These poems are, as Chris Wallace-Crabbe described, worldly, acute, and with a lyric eloquence.
It seems the softest thing:
this gentle pain, invading slowly
as the quiet wash of air
that brings the season from a colder south,
where time compressed to wind itself
as long-drawn hours stretched tight
reaches the horizon of all events.
Facets of life, and philosophy, are examined without unnecessary obfuscation or poetic elitism, which gives the book a broad appeal.
Paul Dolphin is a Melbourne poet. He is a retired medical doctor who came from a radical background, and whose experience as a general practitioner in a mainly disadvantaged area, has given rise to many poems.
He has been published in Quadrant, Island, Melbourne Poets Union (MPU), and overseas (Palestine, Poland) and has been a major prize winner on several occasions in the MPU International Competition.
Since retiring Paul’s interests now lie in physics, consciousness studies, and philosophy. As a long-time sailor, he has competed in many Bass Strait and Tasmanian races.