The pain that cuts through me
That cuts through the night
Leaves me with an open wound
And there is never enough love
To stop the blood from running
To stop me from running
In my dream I travel
To the gaseous atmosphere of Mars
Where all is silence
And I float there.
First published in Maintenant 6, A Journal of Contemporary Dada Poetry & Art by Three Rooms Press
We are made of stellar ash
all the world’s sunsets and sunrises
chimeric spectacle, I am
the nothing that is.
In the densest region of dark matter
drenched in halos
I once had a dream
with no endpoint,
in the realm of the unsubstantial
recondite sort of ray.
of constant power laws.
Map the invisible universe
of imaginary time.
into stellar winds
igniting the bullets of the Cosmos
staring down the tiger.
From Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016)
BETWEEN KLIMT AND GIACOMETTI
A room inhabited by paintings
comes to mind, fluid unpredictable
lives, their secret drawing
attention, Klimt’s natural esthetic.
Linear statements without tonality.
Their spontaneity transmits essential information.
Dark eye shapes, dominant lip lines, upturned
corner of mouth, eyelashes and iris
connected, vine charcoal ready to tumble
like a Giacometti. Soft focus and impressive
looseness enhance anatomy, allow
latitude for creativity.
Every wall is a beginning.
From Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016), first published in The Warwick Review
Hélène Cardona is a poet, linguist & actor, author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013), winner of the Pinnacle Book Award and the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Award in Poetry, finalist for the Julie Suk Award; The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press, 2006); and Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016). Her translation Ce que nous portons (Éditions du Cygne) of What We Carry by Dorianne Laux came out in September 2014.
She also translated Beyond Elsewhere by Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Renard, Crickillon, René Depestre, Ernest Pépin, and her father José Manuel Cardona.
She holds a Master’s in American Literature from the Sorbonne, taught at Hamilton College & Loyola Marymount University, and received fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.
She is Chief Executive Editor of Dublin Poetry Review and Managing Editor of Fulcrum. Publications include Washington Square, World Literature Today, Poetry International, The Warwick Review, The Irish Literary Times, Periódico de Poesía, The Toronto Quarterly, The Salzburg Review & many more.
Acting credits include Chocolat, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hundred-Foot Journey, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Muppets Most Wanted, World War Z, Mumford, and Happy Feet 2. For Serendipity she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang.
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