Dreaming My Animal Selves
Published by Salmon Poetry
This bilingual edition explores the correspondence between two of Hélène Cardona’s native languages, English and French. International, liminal, mystical and other-worldly, they move from country to country, tongue to tongue, and on to metaphysical experiences that change like her animal companions: ‘a colt flown through her window’, ‘a winged hare’, a woman who wakes in the belly of a whale. She also traces ‘patterns in dreams’ in the city where she was born, Paris, the child of a Greek mother and a Spanish father.
“Hélène Cardona gracefully travels across languages, in the manner of our own Michael Hartnett, Paddy Bushe, or, more lately, Fred Johnston, to arrive at a point of insight where we are all enriched.”
– Thomas McCarthy, winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award
Hélène Cardona is an American poet and actor. Her most recent poetry collection is The Astonished Universe (Red Hen, 2006; ISBN 9781597090773). She has translated the poetry of Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand and Jean-Claude Renard into English. Her acting credits include the films Chocolat, Happy Feet 2 and The Muppets.