Hélène Cardona’s Poetry is…

A magic carpet ride, not like anything else around.                                                                                                                                         —Grace Cavalieri, The Washington Independent Review of Books  

Simultaneously rapturous and lucid.                                                              The London Magazine

Breathless, enraptured, and to borrow a phrase once used by Charles Tomlinson brilliantly to describe the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva, ‘self-wearing’.                                                                                                                                                                          —Caitríona O’Reilly, Poetry Salzburg Review

Extraordinary, magical, and poignant.                              Guy Sangster-Adams, The Cultural Pick 

Exists in a constant state of becoming.                           —Kristina Marie Darling, The Iowa Review

A truly joyous act.                                                                                          Mark Eisner, Poetry Flash

A tender, pensile world that merits repeated line by line explorations.                                                                                                                                                 —Anthony DiMatteoThe Los Angeles Review 

The chronicle of a traveler.  Cardona’s poems often, like James’s sentences, withhold their core image until the final word, when it crystallizes like something flash frozen, caught in motion.                                                                                                                                           J.C. HallmanThe Brooklyn Rail

Art that can bring into focus a lyrical, whole, beauty-filled cosmos through a spiritual sublime.                                                                                                                Vince GoteraNorth American Review

An exploration of spirit rather than body, an everyday wilderness that transcends time, geography, history, and the physical self.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    —Karli Cude, Typographical Era

Liminal and otherworldly.                                                                                                     David Mason 

Visionary.                                                                                                                             Richard Wilbur

A terrific and singular achievement.                                                                               Stephen Yenser

A love song, a hymn to goodness and beauty.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac, La Cause Littéraire

Open-hearted.                                                                                                                       Dorianne Laux

Surprising, upsetting and, ultimately, uplifting.                                                         Lawrence Kasdan

Centered in joy, rooted firmly in the wild landscape of the imagination.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Brian Turner

A tour de force of language and phonetics.                                                                       Joanne Harris

An elegy, a prayer.                                                                                                                Ilya Kaminsky

Embracing and beautiful.                                                                                             Olympia Dukakis

Exquisite craftsmanship.                                                                                                      Costa-Gavras  

Astounding, melodious… dives into uncharted metaphysical and spiritual depths.                                                                                                                             —The US Review of Books

At once imaginary, wistful, and often rapturous.                                                     Willis Barnstone

Hauntingly evocative in its mysticism, exotic and familiar, covering foreign terrain that will eventually lead us home.                                            The California Journal of Women Writers 

Takes a reader to a farther shore.                                                                                                                                                                                          John Domini, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review

Full of wonder.                                                                                                                    James Lawless

Shamanic poetry, poetry as magic, poetry as a gateway to the unconscious and to the dream world, liminal poetry, poetry as alchemy, poetry as healing.                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Passionate Transitory  

A graceful skate across a liquid language, a voyage across subliminal waves.                                                                                                                                                                                      Thomas McCarthy

Unparalleled grace.                                                                                —Alessandra Bava, Poetry Rules 

The language of transcendence, of magic. Anyone who has grieved the loss of childhood experience, of treasured places far away, or of a loved one close to home can appreciate the sensitivity with which the poet conveys her longing to recapture these losses in art.                                                                                                                                                                 —Erna Cooper, World Literature Today

An Orphic incantation. Whitmanic and cosmic.                                          —Paul Wilner, ZYZZYVA

A vision transcending the scope of normal human destiny, a glimpse of the essential nature of the cosmos.                                                                                                  —Rustin Larson, The Iowa Source 

Soul-searching and enchanting with its mysticism and elegance.                        Readers’ Favorite

Mysterious but also so familiar, especially to anyone who has crossed borders.                                                                                                                                                        —Mia Funk, The Creative Process 

Spiritual awakening, a sacred journey.                                                      —Marc Vincenz, The Lit Pub

Liminal. Cardona’s shared journey is so immense, so inclusive, that her simple statement, it’s a wild place we inhabit, steps off into infinitude.                                                                                                                                                                                         Richard Jarrette, Santa Barbara’s Voice Magazine

A song for the acceptance of doubleness, pluralism.                                                                                                                                                              Antonio D’Alfonso, The Pacific Rim Review of Books 

Whimsical and symbolic.                                                                          —Amanda Ferris, The Absolute

Poignant, a lyrical search for transcendence and for the metaphysical truths that underlie the natural world and human experience.                                                                                          —Hugh Hazelton

An appreciation of the powerful and mercurial magic of nature in all its guises.                                                                                                                                                                                               Wolf Print

Lush, lyrically gorgeous.                                                                                                  Robert Vaughan

So luminous and fanciful that you can stumble around for hours within it, lose track of time almost, and fall out the other end feeling lighter and like you just traveled to another time and place.                                                                                                                                Elizabeth Cohen, At the Inkwell 

Imaginal and mythic.                                                                               —Jamie Dedes, The Poet by Day

Linguistic spiritual transcendence that is illuminated on every page.                                                                                                                                                                  Alison Williams, Poetry International 

Breathless.                                                                                                         Jack Foley, Caveat Lector 

Fervent, feverish, musical.                                                                      Candace Pearson, Spillway 26

Teaming with magic and vivid animal imagery.                                           —Juanita Couslon, The Lady

Traces of melancholy, flashes of resilience and above all, an abundance of wonder – at things both quotidian and cosmic, past and present – shine through Life in Suspension.                                                                                                                 Tulika Bahadur, On Art and Aesthetics

Des poèmes comme des incantations séductrices pour fusionner entre réel et irréel.                                                                                                                                     Ghislaine Léjard, Le Capital des Mots 

Une poésie spirituelle et sensuelle en même temps, où rien n’est rejeté, tout est instantanément senti, compris, transformé, transfiguré.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           —Dana Shishmanian, Francopolis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

In the News

Birnam Wood is reviewed in The Iowa Source and in Levure Littéraire

Life in Suspension is reviewed in At the Inkwell 

Life in Suspension is a 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist

The 2018 AWP Writers Conference and Book Fair, Tampa, March 8-11: Panel: The Glories of Impossible Translations 

            The 2018 AWP Writers Conference and Book Fair: Birnam Wood Launch                                                 and Plume Poetry 6 Launch

Feb 24, 4 PM, Nasty Women Poets! A Book Reading & Signing, Beyond Baroque

Feb 4, 7 PM, Santa Barbara Poetry Series: Hélène Cardona and Bettina Barrett

Jan 20, 8PM An Enchanted Reading of Poetry and Translation: Martha Rhodes, Hélène Cardona, John FitzGerald, Carolyn Tipton, Stephen Kessler

Life in Suspension reviewed in Poetry International

Life in Suspension wins the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry

The Lit Fantastic: Hélène Cardona (Translation & Renaissance Women) 

Books to Watch Out for Oct 2017

Hélène Cardona in the Spotlight

Poets Live at the Tennessee Bar, Paris

Invitación a un Encuentro Especial con la Actriz y Poeta Hélène Cardona

El Festival de poesía de la Habana le invita a un encuentro con la poeta, actriz y traductora Hélène Cardona

Helene Cardona: «Lo más importante para mí es el gran corazón de la gente que conocí en este Festival»

Primer Festival de Poesía Itinerante Nuestra América, Havana, Cuba

Compases inaugurales de un Festival Itinerante

Une vaste participation de poètes étasuniens au premier festival itinérant “Nuestra América”

Life in Suspension is Book of the Month on Great Day

Hélène Cardona at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in French Culture

Reading the World Conversation Series: Authors, Translators, Ideas

Une rencontre avec l’auteure Hélène Cardona in French Morning

Books & Ideas – Hélène Cardona in French Culture

Hélène’s Aphorisms

To live is to persist in pain

Life works out better later/like a cactus eventually blooms

We have the same ear for reading/the bones in the wind/and breaking down the sun.

Art is perpetual rebirth/…the way we receive counsel from God.

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I dream for a living —

Every wall is a beginning.

I want/to die remarkably

For me, poetry is a process of self-revelation, an exploration of hidden dimensions in myself, and at the same time a way to become myself, a process of individuation I try to create throughout my life – a profound experience of the fundamental interconnection of all in the universe. Moreover, writing is cathartic as it extends a search for peace, for serenity, rooted in a desire to transcend and reconcile the fundamental duality I see in life. Ultimately, I seek expansion of consciousness.

—Hélène Cardona

Interviews

           Hélène Cardona interviewed by Mia Funk for The Creative Process

Hélène Cardona interviewed for AWP’s In the Spotlight

Dreaming the World in Translation: A Conversation with Hélène Cardona in World Literature Today

            The Lit Fantastic: Hélène Cardona (Translation & Renaissance Women) 

Entrevista a la poeta y actriz Hélène Cardona, Havana, Cuba

Everybody’s Reviewing with Jonathan Taylor              

Celebrating American She-Poets: Hélène Cardona with Jamie Dedes in The Poet by Day

The Nervous Breakdown Self-Interview

It’s a Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Author 2 Author with Bill Kenower

Ren Women with Dale Griffith Stamos

The Enchanting Literary Verses with Koketso Marishane

Le mot juste en anglais: Michele Druon interviews actress, poet and linguist Hélène Cardona: linguiste du mois d’avril

Life Changes Radio Show with Filippo Voltaggio

Out of Our Minds with J.P. Dancing Bear

The Toronto Quarterly Literary Arts and Journal with Darryl Salach

What’s Left: Ruth Copland interviews actress, poet and linguist Hélène Cardona on KSCO AM 1080

Author Magazine with Bill Kenower

Quill Magazine July-Sept 2013, Eric Forbes’s Book Addict Guide to Good Books: Inspired by Dreams

The Next Big Thing on LitBridge

The Passionate Transitory‘s Seventeenth Quinterview

Working the Words: Voices on Language

Levure Littéraire, Panorama 6

Poetic Asides by Robert Lee Brewer

 

You listen to the silence
drawn on the ashes of ancient sacrifice.                      —Low Altitude

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Art is perpetual rebirth, the way
    we choose to express ourselves,
        the way we receive counsel from God.

Neptunian Cavern

Across
the web I’ve woven I cut loose
the end of sorrow. I’m here to stay.

Cornucopia

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