About the poet: U. Milo Kaufmann has taught English and American literature fore more than three decades at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also lectured on the literature of hope in South Africa, Hungary, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. His scholarly interests over the years have ranged from Milton and Bunyan to science fiction and the literature of fantasy, particularly that of Inklings. His advanced degrees were granted by the University of Illinois and Yale University, and after Yale he spent a post-doctoral year in religion and aesthetics at the University of Chicago. He lives with his wife, Helen, also a teacher of literature, in Urbana, Illinois.
2004 0-7734-3586-7 Measures of Breath is a loosely autobiographical collection of poems focusing on the strangeness of the ordinary and the resonance of the most private and personal. Memories and intimations are offered which suggest a framing reality larger than that described in the standard scientific model. Questions recalled from childhood are addressed, along with early experience that rarely finds its way into language. While the poems canvass the five stages of life, the structure is loose enough to accommodate a variety of speculations on the mystery of lived time as it resists any easy understanding.