Charles G Lauder Jr was born in San Antonio, Texas, lived for a few years each on America’s East and West Coasts, and moved to south Leicestershire, UK, in 2000. His poems have been published widely in print and online, and in his two pamphlets Bleeds (Crystal Clear Creators, 2012) and Camouflaged Beasts (BLER, 2017). From 2014 to 2018, he was the Assistant Editor for The Interpreter’s House, and for over twenty-five years he has copy-edited academic books on literature, history, medicine, and science. His debut poetry collection is The Aesthetics of Breath (V. Press, 2019). He is on Twitter @cglauder
About The Aesthetics of Breath, by Charles G Lauder Jr
The Aesthetics of Breath, my debut poetry collection and most recent book, focuses on history, both public and personal. Some of the poems are about well-known historical figures like Einstein and Napoleon, as well as America's past, whereas others are about my Texas childhood. Quite a few explore masculinity and my relationship with my father, and what it means to live as an ex-pat for the past two decades. The book ends with a sequence of a dozen poems about family relationships and home.
From The Aesthetics of Breath
taller, slimmer, mistaken for me
over the phone. He cries like I do
those closest to him, hissing out
when he’s cornered and angry.
he knows I like to talk about them,
as if he’s learning, but avoids girls and sex.
of sugar and fudge; at fourteen,
I was dared and haven’t stopped since.
facts and figures about space and light,
or what Tudors ate for dinner. Maybe
Friends say he’s a time traveller,
that he’s really me from the past,
Is he proof of a parallel universe
bleeding into ours? I know what’s next:
though he can’t stand the taste of beer.
He’ll discover his father’s feet,
have never left earth. There will
be time and distance between them.