“Each poem is a breeze blowing through trees, the wind across the ocean, the fragrance lifted from a field of flowers. A reader can breathe by these poems if they allow themselves to be transported into a new landscape with fresher air. Each postcard poem in Words To Breathe By inspires the reader to travel and you need not go far.”
– Pacific Book Review
“The serene elements of the nature poems give way to the freshness of blossoming love and the pure exhilaration that follows...
A path to finding one’s self in the midst of the world’s constant chaos.”
– US Review of Books
In its exploration of nature and love, Words To Breathe By evokes intense and multidimensional impressions. Hansen’s passion for nature is manifest in the eloquence and stunning imagery of his work. The lyricism and poignancy of his love poems to his wife Kristen reveal rare ardor and depth. This healing collection elicits great appreciation of the wonder of nature and the transcendent power of love.
About the Author
James Richard Hansen was born in Denver, Colorado, and moved to California at age twenty. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from California State University, Fresno, and an A.A.S. in accounting/data processing from Heald College. He has worked as a tutor and an IRS tax examiner, among other jobs. Hansen has been writing poetry for over thirty years and has published three previous collections: Progression (2001); JAD (2004); and Within and Without (2017). He lives in southern California.