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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
The Quantum Uncertainty of Love: The Entanglement of Science, Philosophy, and Spirit by Michael Baldwin is sheer beauty for fans of poetry, a collection of poems that articulate on existential themes, looking at the essence of humanity, scrutinizing the human heart, exciting the mind to reflect on the reality called “human existence.” Philosophical in nature and powerful in its evocative style, this collection features a variety of themes divided into seven sections. There are questions that introduce the sections and offer readers a perspective regarding what follows. Who are we? What is our purpose? What evil lurks? Is there life after life? What about God? Themes of love, humanity, fear, solitude, the quest for meaning and purpose, human nature, thoughts on God and religion are some of the recurrent themes featured in this collection.
This is a collection that will excite readers, especially those who enjoy subjects linked to science, religion, and metaphysics. The author features a quote from a philosopher at the start of each poem, one that is explored through each stanza. There is originality in the writing and the natural flow of sentences combines with the strength of the symbolism to make for a beautiful reading experience. While Michael Baldwin pays great attention to diction and to his evocative style, he ensures that he explores sense and logic in some of the poems. At times it feels like a dialogue between the author and the reader and the simplicity in style and richness when it comes to diction elevates the style and makes this collection something of a literary tour de force. It’s a gorgeous offering to fans of poetry and thought-provoking lines. As I encourage readers to immerse themselves in this adventure with the poet, I offer them his very words: “No loving smile is ever lost. / No tender touch, no caring tear in vain. No decent thought, no kindly word, is ever wasted.”