Life in Suspension
Published by Salmon Poetry
Praise for Life in Suspension
"Dappled with transparent imagery, like the Mediterranean sunlight she grew up with, Hélène Cardona’s poems offer a vivid self-portrait as scholar, seer and muse. "
John Ashbury, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Griffin International Poetry Prize, MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and a National Humanities Medal
"Each poem fully exists in two tongues at once, and this adds to the book’s great charm and visionary quality."
Richard Wilbur, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes
"Hélène Cardona keenly understands poetry’s insistence that we slow down, downshifting into a more measured and conscious pace. Her powerful poems are written line by certain line, which is how her readers gratefully experience them."
Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate
"These spare, open-hearted poems reveal Hélène Cardona’s astonished universe and give us a “glimpse into a world full of light.”
Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men, winner of The Paterson Prize, and Facts About the Moon, winner of The Oregon Book Award
"Hélène Cardona’s poems explore the roiling mysteries on the indistinct borderlines of spiritual landscapes, natural elements, and singular private visions. Surprising, upsetting and, ultimately, uplifting."
Lawrence Kasdan, Oscar nominated screenwriter and director, Star Wars, The Big Chill, Raiders of the Lost Ark
"A tour de force of language and phonetics; a deeply felt and deeply spiritual collection which explores the universal human experience from a very personal point of view. This is intimate poetry, and yet it transcends the mundane through its lyricism and its glory in language. Hélène Cardona’s pen moves from the human to the divine and back in a single sentence, and the result is uplifting and magical."
Joanne Harris, best-selling author of Chocolat
"In this bilingual edition of her poems Hélène Cardona is our contemporary ecstatic, time-traveler, and shape-shifter. Behind the dreamlike atmosphere of her poems lies a fierce will to discover beauty, to resurrect ancient enchantments, and to defend enigmas of the spirit. “I like transforming into an animal, / devouring who I was,” she writes. Her luminous poems celebrate the imagination’s power to dignify and exalt our highest yearnings."
Lee Upton, winner of a Pushcart Prize, the National Poetry Series, two Awards from the Poetry Society of America, and the Miami University Novella Award
"Hélène Cardona is a woman of many languages. You will hear the tones of an elegy, a prayer, and most of all, the fairy-tale. I was moved by these pieces. As Hélène shows us, together with Hafiz, “this place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.”
Ilya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa, winner of the Whiting Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Metcalf Award, and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship
"The poems are wonderful and in so many ways continue the vision and conversation of my favorite poet, the D.H. Lawrence of Birds, Beasts & Flowers. “The Winter Horse” is very much in my thoughts these days."
Donald Revell, winner of the National Poetry Series, the Lenore Marshall Award, two PEN Center USA Awards in Poetry, the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry
"Poems that explore whole worlds – embracing and beautiful."
Olympia Dukakis, Oscar winner
"Hélène Cardona’s poems sing to the spirit of things and to the things of Spirit. Each delicious word and sentence is worth savoring, and makes a feast for the soul. A compelling read. I could not put it down!"
Alberto Villoldo, best-selling author of Shaman, Healer, Sage, One Spirit Medicine
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