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
Publications in Literary Journals
The dream opens forgotten realms of creation.
I think that’s what time is. —Pathway to Gifts
I hear my mother’s voice echo
you’re all the sunlight
that’s ever been in my life.
—C’est Comme Ça
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
The spokes of the wheel loosen
amidst thoughts like wind
storms containing all of humanity
I map the mathematical universe, forge
equations into stellar winds…
I pursue elusive sleep
for a place to heal mishaps
the last place to anchor my boat.
—Dreams Like Water
You listen to the silence
drawn on the ashes of ancient sacrifices.
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:
Anastamos, Anomaly, 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 Boat; Dublin Poetry Review; Dublin Review of Books; East West: A Poetry Annual; Edgar Allan Poet; Exchanges Literary Journal; Fjords Review; Francopolis; From the Fishouse; Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics; Hayden’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 BeZine; The 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
Poetry is language for the ineffable. Mysticism constitutes the experience of what transcends us while inhabiting us. Poetry, as creation, borders on it. It is metaphysical. It offers a new vision of the universe, reveals the soul’s secrets and mysteries.