Hélène Cardona

Hélène Cardona

Hélène Cardona is a citizen of the United States, France and Spain. She is a poet, actor, translator, teacher and dream analyst. She attended Hamilton College, New York, where she also taught French and Spanish, and the Sorbonne, Paris, where she wrote her thesis on Henry James for her Master’s in American Literature.

She studied English Philology and Literature in Cambridge, England; Spanish at the International Universities of Santander and Baeza, Spain; and German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany.

She is the author of the bilingual poetry collections Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry 2013), Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016), and The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press 2006). She is also the author of children stories and co-wrote with John FitzGerald the screenplay Primate, based on his novel.

She worked as a translator/interpreter for the Canadian Embassy, the French Chamber of Commerce, as a translator and language coach for the film and music industry, and taught at the Ecole Bilingue (Paris) and LMU (Los Angeles).

Hélène translated the Lawrence Bridges film Muse of Fire for the NEA, What We Carry by Dorianne Laux, and the poetry of her father José Manuel Cardona, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand, Jacques Crickillon and Jean-Claude Renard into English.

Her poems have appeared in Washington Square, The Warwick Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Enchanting Literary Verses, Recours au Poème, Levure Littéraire, Radical Magazine, Mythic Passages, The American Center for Artists, Barnwood Mag, Askew, Spillway, Mediterranean Poetry, qarrtsiluni, Pirene’s Fountain, Maintenant 5: a Dada Poetry Journal, Maintenant 6, From the Fishouse, Saint Julian Press, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Poetry International, and in the anthologies Illuminations: Expressions of the Spiritual Experience (Celestial Arts 2006), Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry 2011), and The Blue Max Review (Rebel Poetry, 2012).

Hélène graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and trained with Ellen Burstyn at the Actors’ Studio. She played Françoise ‘Fuffi’ in Lasse Hallström’s CHOCOLAT, Candy in Lawrence Kasdan’s MUMFORD, Mrs. Russell in STEALING ROSES, as well as roles on LAW & ORDER, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and many more.

Voice credits include HAPPY FEET 2, THE MUPPETS, HEREAFTER, INCEPTION, THE TOURIST, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE PINK PANTHER, THE PAINTED VEIL and many more. For SERENDIPITY she co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang.

Born in Paris and raised all over Europe, she has lived in Geneva, Cambridge, London, Llandudno, Monte-Carlo, Bremen, Paris, Tarragona, Madrid, New York City and Santa Monica.

Hélène Cardona’s website: http://www.helenecardona.com
Hélène Cardona at IMDb: http://www.imdb.me/helenecardona

 
Ouranoupolis Pantoum

A love song cast upon the vastness of the deep
~ Carl Sagan

She came to me once in a dream,
Luminescent, clad in white, elated,
So much younger than I ever knew her,
Thankful for my return to Chalkidiki.
 
Luminescent, clad in white, elated
For the first time since her abrupt departure,
Thankful for my return to Chalkidiki
Where holy mountains stretch into sea.
 
For the first time since her abrupt departure,
Monasteries sculpted high on rocks lance skies and suns
Where holy mountains stretch into sea,
Trident beckoning the Aegean.
 
Monasteries sculpted high on rocks lance skies and suns,
A direct line to God,
Trident beckoning the Aegean.
She embraced me with such love,
 
A direct line to God,
We were only one.
She embraced me with such love,
Pain or suffering never existed,
 
We were only one.
No resources wasted like granary in empty houses,
Where pain or suffering no longer exist.
Only bliss, and she the flower Mage,
 
No resources wasted like granary in empty houses,
She makes me gardener of memories.
Only bliss, and she the flower Mage,
Roses climbing back into my life,
 
She makes me gardener of memories.
I woke with sheer joy,
Roses climbing back into my life,
I too sea, sand, wind and pine honey.
 
I woke with sheer joy,
Beams of love and innocence,
I too sea, sand, wind and pine honey,
Altered like a glimpse into now.
 
Beams of love and innocence,
So much younger than I ever knew her,
Altered like a glimpse into now,
She came to me once in a dream.

 
From Life in Suspension, forthcoming from Salmon Poetry (2016).

 
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