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May 14, 2018

Great news! "Life in Suspension" (Salmon Poetry) is a Finalist in the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Awards!
Congrats to the winner "Calling a Wolf a Wolf" by Kaveh Akbar and to Christopher Merrill with "Self-Portrait with Dogwood" for being short-listed for the Grand Prize.
#HofferAward Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Self-Portrait with Dogwood by Christopher Merrill Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
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January 19, 2018

You're invited to join Martha Rhodes, Hélène Cardona, John FitzGerald, Carolyn Tipton, Stephen Kessler at Beyond Baroque for An Enchanted Reading of Poetry & Translations!

Saturday January 20th @ 8PM at Beyond Baroque
beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Martha Rhodes, Carolyn Tipton, Stephen Kessler, John FitzGerald and Hélène Cardona will read from recents works.
Please join us with Richard Modiano at Beyond Baroque.

Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is the director of The Thin Wall by Martha Rhodes Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona The Mind by John Fitzgerald Returnings Poems of Love and Distance by Rafael Alberti Forbidden Pleasures New Selected Poems by Luis Cernuda Dreaming My Animal Selves/Le Songe de Mes Ames Animales by Helene Cardona Favorite Bedtime Stories by John FitzgeraldFour Way Books and lives in New York City.

John FitzGerald’s most recent books are Favorite Bedtime Stories and The Mind, both from Salmon Poetry. Other works include Primate and The Essence of Life.

Hélène Cardona’s 7 books include Life in Suspension, the translations of Dorianne Laux’s What We Carry, Walt Whitman’s Civil War Writings, Birnam Wood, and Hemingway Grant winner Beyond Elsewhere. Acting credits include Chocolat, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hundred-Foot Journey, For Serendipity.

Carolyn L. Tipton teaches at U.C. Berkeley. She has won fellowships from both the N.E.H. and the N.E.A. Her first book, To Painting: Poems by Rafael Alberti, won the National Translation Award. Her new book of translated poems by Alberti, Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance, won the Cliff Becker Translation Prize.

Stephen Kessler's translations of Luis Cernuda have received a Lambda Literary Award, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, and the PEN Center USA translation award.

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January 2, 2018

Hélène Cardona’s poems in Life in Suspension / La Vie Suspendue reflect a linguistic spiritual transcendence that is illuminated on every page. —Alison Williams, Poetry International

http://poetryinternationalonline.com/...

Cardona’s language is descended from the great mystics, with words and phrases plucked directly from the natural world, like an arm reaching to grasp a leaf floating in the air. In speaking of her grandfather in the poem “Stone,” she writes “we have the same ear for reading / the bones in the wind / and breaking down the sun.” Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona
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December 18, 2017

http://www.creativeprocess.info/other...
The title poem "Life in Suspension" from my recent collection from Salmon Poetry, winner of the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry, the 2017 International Book Award in Poetry, the Readers' Favorite Book Award in Poetry, and the Pinnacle Book Award for Best Bilingual Poetry Book Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona, along with an interview with Mia Funk, in The Creative Process:

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November 11, 2017

I'm thrilled, honored and grateful that Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry) is the winner of the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry 😘.
Life in Suspension on the Salmon Poetry website: http://bit.ly/2rV9cMA
Life in Suspension on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2rxpk6v
http://helenecardona.com/life-in-susp...

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The 14th Annual Best Book Awards have just been announced!
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"Hélène Cardona has delivered to us a book in which she celebrates the magic of parallel worlds. Two languages, two persons, one testimony. Not so much a disclosure of truth, as much as the revelation of doubt. What sways above the emptiness is a life lived in complete awe. Cardona balances over a cosmos of fragments. The sparkling, the reflections do not throw back a perfect mirror image. Lives are shared, not possessed. The result is a song for the acceptance of doubleness, pluralism. Hélène Cardona provides synthesis for what is inevitably separated."

Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene CardonaAntonio D’Alfonso, The Pacific Rim Review of Books, Issue 22, Vol. 11, No. 2
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November 9, 2017

Hélène Cardona has delivered to us a book in which she celebrates the magic of parallel worlds. Two languages, two persons, one testimony. Not so much a disclosure of truth, as much as the revelation of doubt. What sways above the emptiness is a life lived in complete awe. Cardona balances over a cosmos of fragments. The sparkling, the reflections do not throw back a perfect mirror image. Lives are shared, not possessed. The result is a song for the acceptance of doubleness, pluralism. Hélène Cardona provides synthesis for what is inevitably separated.

—Antonio D’Alfonso, The Pacific Rim Review of Books, Issue 22, Vol. 11, No. 2 Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona
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June 26, 2017

Life in Suspension was chosen as a Finalist for the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Poetry. Deep gratitude to Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene CardonaStephen Parrish and everyone at The Lascaux Review.
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June 9, 2017

Dreaming the World in Translation: A Conversation with Hélène Cardona. Interview by Alison Williams in World Literature Today:
https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/...

"When you understand and know other cultures, you don’t fear the other. There is no other. We should be shepherds of the Earth."

"Translation is necessary to know oneself—to know where one comes from. Every language is a key into the psyche of its people."

"Through translation, we bring cultures together, we create bridges. Becoming familiar with another culture transcends otherness. We are many and diverse." Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Dreaming My Animal Selves/Le Songe de Mes Ames Animales by Helene Cardona Beyond Elsewhere by Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac
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May 23, 2017

Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016) wins the 2017 International Book Award in Poetry!

So very grateful 💕 Hélène

"Life in Suspension is a magic carpet ride, not like anything else around."
Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardona—The Washington Independent Review of Books

"Life in Suspension is 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."
—Joanne Harris, best-selling author of Chocolat
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May 18, 2017

To celebrate the 3rd printing of Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry) I created a giveaway:
https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh...

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the new printing of Life in Suspension, called “a vivid self-portrait as scholar, seer and muse” by John Ashbery.

Life in Suspension is hailed as visionary by Richard Wilbur. It explores consciousness, the power of place, and ancestral roots. It is poetry of alchemy and healing, a gateway to the unconscious and the dream world.
Stephen Yenser calls Life in Suspension “a terrific and singular achievement,” and Joanne Harris declares it deeply spiritual, “a tour de force of language and phonetics.”

"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

"Extraordinary, magical, and poignant."
—Guy Sangster-Adams, The Cultural Pick

"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 Life in Suspension La Vie Suspendue by Helene Cardonaimagination's power to dignify and exalt our highest yearnings."
—Lee Upton

Winner of the Pinnacle Book Award for Best Bilingual Poetry Book and the Readers' Favorite Book Award in Poetry.
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