Hélène Cardona


Photo : Marta Vassilakis


(France – Spain – USA)




Parallel Keys


We give each other an offering

     of life, voyagers on impermanent inner

          oceans, mariners on subliminal time

               waves, master builders of whimsical

landscapes. Hold on to the mane, the dancing

          horse laughs, clapping

               hooves in rhythm with drumbeats.

Pushed out of narrow perimeters

     by the magnet of the universe,

          forced to abandon the illusion

               of the puzzle I inhabit,

I’m governed by the poetry of mathematics,

          shadow when I lose form

               in the chiaroscuro of spatial intuition.

I reveal myself fixing the omen.

     Eagle teaches

          me to hunt, stillness followed

               by speed, warm warring, raptor

uncovering secret codes, deadly

     fighting principles, tensile mind.

Marvel at how a rose makes

     love with water, how we turn into cougars

          in the rain, how immovable mountains

               become intangible clouds.

We grow musically

          covered in cherry blossoms,

               divine variation.

We are consciousness wanting to expand.



First published as Editor’s Choice in The Enchanting Literary Verses, Issue XVI, July 2012


From Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013)



Photo : Marta Vassilakis




Breeze Rider


Every force of nature has a purpose.

          I maintain the planet’s balance.

When people feel I’m here

          they’re lifted.


Traveling through wind

          one reaches places others can’t,

               a matter of quality.


The goal is to let the mind flow

          and not stagnate,

               let it rumble like a river.


If one tries to keep a little piece,

          trophy, illusion,

               the whole is lost.


The mind flows through like wind.


Ride the breeze, lift into it,

          a surprise each time.

Ride the wind drawn from sun

          heating more reflective places.



First published in Saint Julian Press


From Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013)




Photo : Marta Vassilakis




A Mind Like the Sky


Go deep into the third eye, blue
pearl, space between breaths,
place of complete equilibrium,
friend and stranger.


Become one with God,
alchemical moment. Emotion
marries intellect, mind and sky,
builds overnight a house of earth


born from love, the clarity
of being wanted
so much, claims my truth.


Guided by an invisible
thread, become the spirit
of the law, embrace the order.



First published in THRUSH Poetry Journal


From Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013)




Photo : John Michael Ferrari











Hélène Cardona is a poet, linguist, translator, and actress. Her most recent book is Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013). David Mason describes her poetry as “liminal, mystical and other-worldly. This is a poet who writes in a rare light.”
She is the author of The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press, 2006) and the forthcoming Life in Suspension. She also writes children stories and co-wrote with John FitzGerald the screenplay Primate, based on his novel.
She taught at Hamilton College and Loyola Marymount, translated for the Canadian Embassy and NEA, attended the Universidad Menéndez Pelayo, Spain, and the Sorbonne in Paris, where she earned a master’s degree in American Literature. She received
fellowships from the Goethe-Institut and the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and has been widely published in journals and anthologies, notably Washington Square, World Literature Today, Poetry International, The Warwick Review, Dublin Review of Books, Irish Literary Times, Poetry Salzburg Review, Periódico de Poesía, and Los Angeles Review.
She is co-editor of the Dublin Poetry Review: Éigse Átha Cliath, and contributing editor to Life and Legends.
Acting credits include Chocolat, X-Men Days of Future Past, Mad Max Fury Road, Mumford, The Muppets, Inception, Muppet Most Wanted, and Happy Feet 2. For Serendipity she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang.




Work of Art by Sue Wong, inspired by the Silk Screen portraits of Andy Warhol.


« Lucienne » – SERENDIPITY:







Model’s Best Best Friend – Interview with HELENE CARDONA:



Great piece on the documentary FEMME: Women Healing the World, that I’m in and helped produce:














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Photo : SUE WONG

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