Hélène Cardona








She takes me through the forest of childhood
fairytales, barefoot on the grass among tall
protective pine trees, in the quietude
of saturated foliage, light streaming
across branches and leaves, aperture
into a forgotten world, past waterfalls
I never noticed.
Luminous shadows cast bridges
spanning years and skies,
reveal the soft bottom I roll in,
covered with silk pine needles.
An unusual tree, limb from the earth,
foundation for a house,
speaks to me: it may be beneficial
to work with your opponent for the good of all.
I inhabit a room out of time
where the beauty of the world gathers,
pure illumination behind the sun,
secret blue exit, my personal freedom.



Let the Rain Go Through

Sit by the light, vibrational remedy
to the rescue, impeccable sacrament
where shadows and distressed rays
melt, black pools turn turquoise,
speckled cannonballs of thought.
Untame the inner counselor, lotus
feeding on marshy earth.
Follow Ariadne, Cretan moon goddess,
down the telescope of dreams
through cosmic octaves to magic caves.
Know I’m being moved forward.
A door in the clouds opens:
the girl I left behind smiles,
hugs me and enters my heart.




Risen out of deep freeze, webbed
feet skimming across
the water, my mother imagined
I came into being,
colt flown through her window.
Pain cleaves the skin,
allows us to penetrate,
ancestor now welcome in my body.
At sunset seagulls take flight.
Illuminated from within
one carries translucent light
that shoots around her, lifts her up,
reveals, everything is taken care of,
it’s so easy on the other side.





Lunar Standstill

The desire to move
to a place in my mind
where I’ve always been well
brings me back
to innocence placing roses,
certain enigma
of migratory years,
out of bounds moon.
With the bones of the skull
I listen to a language of rain,
prism, melody of a world becoming.



Transparencies of Thought

Open a picture book of psyche
filled with cartoon animals
trying to scare from behind glass walls.
The whole thing a cosmic joke,
the challenge to recognize my face in the crowd,
surprised I haven’t followed
myself, blind to directions,
distracted by stone
and the expansion of architecture,
relieved to no longer be hunted,
just the substance of the cosmos.

Dancing the Dream

This is a story of flight,
a story of roots,
a story of grace.
I am the wandering child.
Every journey knows a secret destination.
I’ll find my way without a map, rely
on memory embedded in my mother’s embrace
on stormy nights at the foot of the Alps.
I’ll find home in the heart
of a rose, retrieve my soul,
anchored in the still point
where psyche rests,
the presence of mystery so luminous
I’m infused with its essence.
I walk the labyrinth, let
go of confined desires.
I rip the vine intertwined around
the umbilical, liberate the letters of
my name. They soar above the ocean
for the falcon to reclaim.
I’m dancing the dream
on the brink of barren ravaged realms.
From volcanic pumice and pure clay
I reap scrumptious blossoms of love,
earth’s sweet and savory ambrosia.












Hélène was born in Paris of a Greek & Irish mother and Spanish father and raised all over Europe.
She has lived in Geneva, London, Cambridge, Llandudno, Wales, Monte-Carlo, Bremen, Tarragona, Paris, New York City and Los Angeles, and travels extensively.
She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, German, Greek and Italian.
She studied English Philology and Literature in Cambridge, England; Spanish at the International Universities of Santander and Baeza, Spain; and German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany.
She graduated from the Music Conservatory in Geneva with the 2nd prize in piano and studied asunder Maître Sancan at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. She also trained as a dancer in Geneva, Paris and New York.
She attended Hamilton College, New York, where she was also assistant professor of French and Spanish.
She received her Master’s in American Literature from the Sorbonne, Paris, where she wrote her thesis on Henry James.
She has worked as a translator/interpreter for the Canadian Embassy, the French Chamber of Commerce and as a translator and language coach for the film and music industry.



The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press, 2006)
Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013)
Life In Suspension (forthcoming from Tupelo Press)

Literary Journals
Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Mythic Passages, The American Center for Artists, Askew Poetry Journal, Barnwood Mag, Spillway, Pirene’s Fountain, Mediterranean Poetry, qarrtsiluni, Maintenant 5: A Dada Poetry Journal, Saint Julian Press, TRHUSH Poetry Journal, From the Fishouse, Maintenant 6, Poetry International and in the Anthologies Illuminations:Expressions of the Spiritual Experience (Celestial Arts, 2006) and Dogs Singing (Salmon Poetry, 2011).
Hélène translated the Lawrence Bridges film Muse of Fire for the NEA and has received grants from the Durfee Foundation and the French Cultural Services of Los Angeles.
She also translated What We Carry by Dorianne Laux, poems by Eloise Klein Healy, Sholeh Wolpe and John FitzGerald, and the poetry of her father José Manuel Cardona, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand and Jean-Claude Renard.
She has taught at the École Active Bilingue in Paris and at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
She has been guest lecturer at Brown University and U.C. Irvine, featured poetry reader at the L.A. Times Festival of Books and on national radio.
Acting Career
A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, Hélène also trained with Ellen Burstyn at the Actors’ Studio, and with Sandra Seacat, Sondra Lee and Susan Batson.
In Los Angeles she trained with Margie Haber, Penny Allen, Melissa Skoff, Tim Crouch at the Odyssey Theatre, Larry Moss, Cynthia Songe, Ned Lott and Terry Berland.
She performed the lead in plays at the Actors’ Studio, The Players’ Club, UBU Theatre Rep. and The Naked Angels in New York City.
Hélène played Françoise ‘Fuffi’ Drou in Lasse Hallström’s CHOCOLAT and Candy Heskin in Lawrence Kasdan’s MUMFORD, as well as roles on LAW & ORDER, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Campbell Scott’s FINAL, BILLBOARD DAD, and many more.
She recently completed filming the role of Mrs. Russell opposite John Heard and Cindy Williams in Megan Clare Johnson’s movie STEALING ROSES.
She just finished shooting Emmanuel Itier’s FEMME: Women Healing the World and Boris Acosta’s Dante’s Inferno Documented, Dante’s Purgatorio Documented and Dante’s Paradiso Documented.
Her voice credits include Happy Feet 2, The Muppets, Hereafter, Inception, The A-Team, Knight and Day, Robin Hood, Inglourious Basterds, The Painted Veil, The Interpreter, The Bourne Supremacy, The Terminal, The Pink Panther and many others.
For SERENDIPITY, she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song ‘Lucienne’, which she also sang.
Her father is the renowned poet José Manuel Cardona from Ibiza. Hélène translated his long poem Desde el Ponto Euxino (From the Euxine Sea), from his anthology El Bosque de Birnam.
Hélène is an advanced equestrian, dancer, dream analyst, astrologer and yoga practitioner.
Member of BAFTA, SAG & AFTRA
Member of PEN USA, PEN American Center, The Academy of American Poets, ALTA







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