look at the other side of the world
as if a deck of cards spread out
to peek under and flip over
for a glimpse at the hidden side.

—Dreaming My Animal Selves

I hear my mother’s voice echo  
you’re all the sunlight
that’s ever been in my life.

—C’est Comme Ça

Helene Cardona Blue 2

I now wear the memory of nothingness
           a piece of white sail wrapped like second skin.

—A House Like a Ship

I become ocean, mercury, silver
      shimmers, fairy tales, fascinated.

—A Mind Like Lighning

Innisfree

 

 

The spokes of the wheel loosen
amidst thoughts like wind
storms containing all of humanity

                                   —Winter Horse

I map the mathematical universe, forge
equations into stellar winds…

—Embers

Circe, you recognize, you decipher
Enigmas and the color of the omen.
I always await the revelation.
I am among those who believe in magic.

—José Manuel Cardona

 Much gratitude to the following journals for publishing Hélène’s work:

Asian Signature; Askew Poetry; Asymptote Journal; Barnwood International Poetry Magazine; Blue Fifth Review; California State Poetry Quarterly; Cha: An Asian Literary Journal; Colorado Review; Connotation Press: An Online Artifact; DoveTales Literary Journal; Drunken BoatDublin Poetry Review; Dublin Review of BooksEast West: A Poetry Annual; Edgar Allan Poet; Exchanges Literary JournalFjords Review; Francopolis; From the Fishouse; Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and AestheticsHayden’s Ferry Review; jmww; InTranslation; Knot Magazine; Levure Litteraire; Mad Hatters’ Review; Maintenant; Mediterranean Poetry; Mythic Passages; National Translation Month; One; Periódico de Poesía; Pirene’s Fountain; Plume Poetry; Poetic Diversity; Poetry East-West; Poetry International; qarrtsiluni; Recours au Poème; Saint Julian Press; Salzburg Poetry Review; Speechless the Magazine; Spillway; TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics; Taos Journal of Poetry & Art; Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments; The BeZineThe American Journal of Poetry; The Blue Max Review; The Brooklyn Rail; The Enchanting Verses Literary Review; The Irish Literary Times; The Lascaux Review; The London Magazine; The Los Angeles Review; The Más Tequila Review; The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology; The Passionate Transitory; The Poet by Day; The Poetry Bus; The Toronto Quarterly; The Warwick Review; THRUSH Poetry Journal; Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature; Truck; Washington Square Review; Waxwing Literary Journal; World Literature Today; Writer’s Digest