Stein Mehren (1935-) Lives in Oslo, Norway. He is the author of over twenty poetry collections and is an accomplished essayist. After living for a year in Denmark, he took up painting, an enterprise he often combines with poetry. He is no "post-modernist" relativist. No fan of the arid terrain of semiotics. He is a born poet whose poems sing of love and he is not afraid of pointing out the real enemies of mankind, those things that are inhuman, cold, of the beast. Several of his published books combine his paintings with his poems. A clear and forceful head living side by side storms of the heart. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Norwegian Academy's Literature Prize.