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Dreaming My Animal Selves: Le Songe de mes Ames Animales (Bilingual Collection in French and English) Bilingual Edition
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~The London Magazine
"In this extraordinary volume of soul crafted poetry, words become wands to enchant and evoke our better angels."
~ Jean Houston, Ph.D., mythologist, philosopher, author of The Wizard of Us and Mystical Dogs
"an intriguingly surreal journey through myth, legend, fantasy, and more... a book centered in joy, rooted firmly in the wild landscape of the imagination."
~ Brian Turner, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, author of Here, Bullet
"Here is the work of one moving from geography to geography, tongue to tongue, and into singular metaphysical experiences... at once imaginary, wistful, and often rapturous."
"Breathless, enraptured, and to borrow a phrase once used by Charles Tomlinson brilliantly to describe the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva, 'self-wearing'."
~Caitríona O'Reilly, Poetry Salzburg Review
"Taking her queue from Rilke, she has captured dreams in a diglottism of the soul... to arrive at a point of insight where we are all enriched."
--Mark Eisner, Poetry Flash
"A vision transcending the scope of normal human destiny, a glimpse of the essential nature of the cosmos."
--Rustin Larson, The Iowa Source
"Soul-searching and enchanting with its mysticism and elegance."
--Alessandra Bava, Poetry Rules
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I write as a form of self-expression, fulfillment, transcendence, healing, to transmute pain and experience into beauty.
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Helene Cardona has managed the impossible here: she has combined a perfect mastery of words with an exquisite imagination to explore the inner world of animals and the hidden worlds of the human heart.
The poems in DREAMING themselves have the quality of dreams, where all things are possible, and we fly
"behind a procession of swans
to an island in the heart of Paris...
The dream opens forgotten realms of creation."
But when I look more closely at these poems- and they are so well designed, and multi-layered, that you will also want to go back to them over and over- I was astonished by the echoes and resonances the poet has woven in her poems, and you will find winks to Ovid and Saint John Perse and H.D.
Ms. Cardona wears her erudition lightly, so that what is most evident at first is a deep sense of love for the world and a marvel of its creations: her heart has mastered possibility. Of the six languages in which she is fluent, two of them appear in DREAMING MY ANIMAL SELVES: English and French. As for forms, however formless dreams may seem, it is only the writers of the highest rank who can sculpt the feeling of a dream in language. In "Peregrine Pantoum" Helene Cardona has taken on one of the most complex and difficult poetic forms in existence, the pantoun, and accomplishes it with grace and elegant and apparent ease (it's not easy, it's impossible. Please, you try it)...
I loved this book. I hope you will too. The poetry world will be talking about it for a long time.
The vessels are short, deep, and unworldly. Little meditations of another time, another world, deep within you.
If you're a man, remember that time when you were a boy, when romance was a mystery, a heartbeat, a time of candles and deep shadows.
And that fantasy of having a beautiful woman in your bed with a French accent reciting the most gorgeous of poetry transporting you to sleep?
This is the author, and this is the book.
It's up to you now.
With a master artist's hand, the poet paints for the viewer images as vivid as any painting by Van Gogh or Chagall, drawing upon their images of light and purity that unveil the beauty before us, arising from the hidden in-between "thin places" where we feel and come to know life fully. She helps us to see beyond our normal everyday vision, into an astonishing world that is surrounded by beauty and light, understanding both in the mystery of a single moment. Her words reclaim for us the perfect sight found within our own imaginations and spiritual being, the human psyche.
In reading these poems I am reminded of something a friend once told me. That each artist must form a new language in every work of art they create. This is true, we all speak in different tongues, and yet, it is through the voice of the human heart we come to know and be known by others and within creation. Dreaming My Animal Selves captures this feeling, this divine dance in a wonderful choreography of words and images.
Dreaming My Animal Selves: Le Songe de mes Ames Animales
Each magical poem was like savoring one mythical, burgundy, jewel-like seed after another - so delicious and precious on its own... enjoyable on the tongue. Savored and digested by - the heart.
The collection is also pomegranate-like in that it is beautifully, magically structured. Divided into three chapters, "Dreaming My Animal Selves" is bilingual, featuring English and French translations by the author, herself, and stunning cover art by artist Jackie Morris.
A fertile, rich and abundant delight.
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