Jan Oskar Hansen is a poet, story teller and seafarer, born in Stavanger Norway. He joined the merchant navy at 15 and spent most of his life at sea until settling in the early 90's in Portugal. His poetry has been widely published in hard copy and online, worldwide. Reviewers have generally commented that a love and honoring of living things stands out in Hansen's work, and deep humility; that it reveals with unflinching honesty man's shortcomings in his efforts to love, telling what there is to tell in a first person, deeply resident universal voice.
The poet is widely read and fluent in several languages, knowledge often acquired at night during his many years at sea. He chose to write primarily in English following enthusiastic reception of his work from English-speaking editors and readers.
Marilyn Monroe Remembered
Through Erno Laszlo’s window, on the Fifth Avenue
New York, I saw her; bold I was in those days walked
straight in asked her to marry me. She smiled thought,
I was too young and, anyway, she was getting married
to a writer, forgotten his name now, but he was quite
famous back then. A flunky came over, asked Marilyn
If I was bothering her, not at all, she said, gave me a kiss
that covered my whole face. Blindly fell out of the shop,
people smiled. Ambled past Laszlo’s the other day
they had a picture of her looking out and now that I’m
much older than her she looked unbearable beautiful.
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