Winner of the 2017 Best Book Award, the 2017 International Book Award in Poetry, the Pinnacle Book Award for Best Bilingual Poetry Book and the Readers Favorite Book Award in Poetry Finalist for the 2016 Julie Suk Award best poetry collection from an independent press and the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Poetry.In this bilingual edition of her poems H l ne Cardona is our contWinner of the 2017 Best Book Award, the 2017 International Book Award in Poetry, the Pinnacle Book Award for Best Bilingual Poetry Book and the Readers Favorite Book Award in Poetry Finalist for the 2016 Julie Suk Award best poetry collection from an independent press and the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Poetry.In this bilingual edition of her poems H l ne 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, National Poetry Series Award, and two awards from the Poetry Society of America
Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue Winner of the Best Book Award the International Book Award in Poetry the Pinnacle Book Award for Best Bilingual Poetry Book and the Readers Favorite Book Award in Poetry Finalist for the
EDITORIAL REVIEWS Cardona distills minutes and crystallizes images This is poetry with layers of complexity made of lace a magic carpet ride, not like anything else around Grace Cavalieri, The Washington Independent Review of Books Dappled with transparent imagery, like the Mediterranean sunlight shegrew up with, H l ne Cardona s poems offer a vivid self portrait as scholar, seer and muse John Ashbery, winner of the PulitzerPrize and the National Book Award H l ne Cardona keenly understands poet [...]
Helene Cardona s new volume of poemsLife in Suspensionexpands to encompass a whole universe seamlessly She writes with the expertise of a seasoned poet who knows how to construct a world with words and images, where you feel at home even when the boundaries of time and place have been removed It is suspended in positive energy that empowers you to cross barriers and be led into a sensation of oneness with the universe It promises and delivers comfort healed by the beauty of memories,ready to sta [...]
It is true that a beautiful life in this world, sight of the beautiful,life, with elegant and beautiful manners, love, spiritual and aesthetic side of the human being, being of the world,to be part of the world , should not have suspension and the beautiful Helene gives us a written message with literary creation book Life in Suspension The pleasure is mineMarjan Maksim Maksimovski
Helene Cardona s new poetry collection Life in Suspension Salmon Poetry, 2016 is such a rich mental, moral and sensual salvation that I get bang for the buck if I pick up only one poem, my favourite piece A House Like a Ship that is really fantastic, really a drop in the bucket, containing almost the book as a whole This poem, a journey into our inner self, is an ancient topos, a constantly recurring archetype Journey, ship, ocean, water, questionsLet s think only of Odyssey , Ulysses or Divina [...]
And so with leopard s ears , writes Helene Cardona, I hear beyond the range of sound, the ineffable, the sublime, my mother s breath, my grandmother s smile Rhetoric like that takes no small poetic risk, since who can get away with pairing up words so vague as ineffable, sublime But Cardona ushers us into just such a cloud chamber, there delivers the electricity of fresh elements in play or often, in grief The death of the poet s mother, casting shadows raising challenges, has prompted this out [...]
A visceral response to life, art and to the Ineffable One of Helene s gifts is to render the mysterious and mystical in often poignant terms, expanding the boundaries of physical space into the unfettered space of psyche and Spirit Writing from her sacred space, H l ne speaks to us in a silken web that is both imaginal and mythic, a space inhabited by visions and creatures we want to get to know Read with a still mind and open heart,the experience is somewhat like meditating and finding oneself [...]
What I truly appreciate about Helene Cardona, is her ability to drive the narrative with a perfect balance of concrete and metaphysical the disconnected way she crafts her precise meaning Reading her work is always a new experience, as every line takes its own unexpected turn towards the emotive end A pleasure to read Truly
Absolutely beautiful prose with all the hallmarks of Helene s writing At once life affirming and proof that new works are destined to become classics of the future x
Love this book Transports the reader to another world, and place And spirit presides within the language used A dazzling brilliance
I greatly enjoyed this book, as a reader and as a reviewer Check out my review on Poetry International here poetryinternationalonline Also, read my interview with Helene on World Literature Today here worldliteraturetoday The full text of my review on Poetry International is below Enjoy Life in Suspension La Vie SuspendueH l ne CardonaSalmon Poetry, 2016ISBN 13 978 1910669297Reviewed by Alison WilliamsIf a purpose of poetry is to transcend, then H l ne Cardona s poems in her new book Life in Sus [...]
LIFE IN SUSPENSION H L NE CARDONA S LUMINOUS BI LINGUAL COLLECTION OF POETRY On Art and Aesthetics, Tulika I Bahadur read full review with illustrations on onartandaesthetics 2017 0 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 La Vie Suspendue 2016, Salmon Poetry , a bi lingual collection by poet, translator and actress H l ne Cardona.The daughter of a Spanish father and Gr [...]
Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue is H l ne Cardona s fecund title for envisioning, in two languages, a poetry afloat in life and life in poetry pendulous, pensive, spontaneous, in suspense and suspension This third of her bilingual lyrical collections implicitly reveals how so much of our thinking and feeling depends upon the Indo European root of s pen Much weight has been hung upon it by poets ancient and modern One thinks of Coleridge s description of the imagination, that willing suspensi [...]
Clear and PenetratingThe spirit of your poems reminds me of Rilke s Duineser Elegien I want to steal from a reviewer from the past who described a poet s light touch that cuts to the bone That s your poems in Life in Suspension.
My review, for Zyzzyva magazine, in the link below zyzzyva 2017 05 24 los
H l ne Cardona s poems take us on a journey We travel with her not only to other places in the world, but also outside the world, and importantly, outside ourselves This poet is a shape shifter, and she beckons us to transform along with her, into a wolf, into the sound of Tibetan bells, into what add s sparkle to various reflections The poems awaken us to what is shimmering at the periphery of our lives We are so glad to see it.
Sarasvat , la d esse de la connaissance, des arts et de la parole, semble avoir dot H l ne Cardona de bien des gr ces actrice et sc nariste, elle a notamment jou dans des films de Lasse Hallstr m ou Lawrence Kasdan et, derni rement, dans Haunting Charles Manson de Mick Davis pianiste, elle a obtenu un prix du Conservatoire de Musique de Gen ve danseuse de haut niveau, elle a longtemps pratiqu l art classique du ballet sextilingue, elle a notamment traduit Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Walt Whitman, Ren D [...]
I highly recommend reading this poetry book Life in suspension is surrounded by a subtle nostalgia.The tone throughout the book is quite melancholic but not sad, reminiscent of feelings, probably relatable for all of us I savored all the poems.
Life in Suspension is a rich collection of verse that invites the reader directly into the heart, mind, and experiences of the poet Having the poems in French alongside their mirror in English makes one feel as though they are reading a book with two brains the text and the reader are both split by the bilingual prosody and the pull back and forth Translating poetry is an art form it requires the translator to navigate three worlds the initial language, the translation language, and the space th [...]
I just love this book for several reasons First I am into meditation, and she describes in her poetic form some of my experiences Something I can t do Just rereading the poem makes feel like I am back in that moment Second, I can contemplate on one of her poems before slipping of to the dream land and the dreams are so sweet and wonderful One way I can judge a book is by the number of pages flagged and nearly 80% of the poems are flagged I have already bought her earlier books, but this one is m [...]
Life in Suspension is a beautiful bilingual collection of exquisitely crafted poems that dance with grace through time, place and the familial Helene s poems delicately transcend into nature and beyond, journeying into the ethereal such as in The Astonished Universe ice forming on the edges of life and in A House Like A Ship I now wear the memory of nothingness a piece of white sail wrapped like second skin.
Life in Suspension is a compelling and evocative book of poetry Beautifully rendered in both English and the French translation, Cardona s poetry soars to the heights and explores the depths of being It equally celebrates the quotidian and the transcendent with finely crafted imagery and mesmerizing musicality Highly recommended.
Helene Cardona has mastered the art of weaving scenes and language that create a dreamy and surreal effect only to reveal deeply emotional truths about ourselves and the world around us Love the bilingual set up of the book
The poems in Helene Cardona s Life in Suspension take us on a spiritual and visionary journey, truly holding our breath in suspension as we delve into her inner worlds and travel between languages.
Beautifully vision in both English and French Poetry in motion A must read
A so touching poetry, in french and in english We can discover new worlds and open new Doors A passport for the Magic Bravo
Again the depth Helene accomplishes in her worksbring me back again and again and each time I find something Thank you so beautiful
Superbly written and grasping A must read now
Helene Cardona carries us into her mythopoetic world on filigree wings, in Life in Suspension I never wanted to land She is a wonder
THIS REVIEW FIRST APPEARED IN THE COMPULSIVE READERThe poetry in H l ne Cardona s Life in Suspension reminds me at times of artwork by the famed Jean Michel Basquiat, known as the Radiant Child Basquiat purposely drew as a child This added creativity and innocence to his work These characteristics are in Cardona s work, due to her ability to suspend the notion of completion in some of the poems.In the title poem, Cardona takes us through a childhood by providing snippets of happenings in it star [...]