photo attribution Adrian Carr
Brother Rodrigo, Helene, and mother Kitty in Florence, Italy.
A memory is attached to every single year that the speaker of the poem encounters a different place: France, Switzerland, Monaco, Spain, Wales, England, Germany, New York, and California.
Helene in Spain
Helene in Peru
Left, Rodrigo and Helene in the southwest of France.
Right, Helene and Rodrigo in Villars, Switzerland where they would ski.
Helene as a little girl with her pet dog
The angel is now able to conquer time by making it disappear and as it disappears the closer mother and daughter grow to God.
These extended metaphors or paradoxes have no direct relationship. An example is a person transforming into a swan, then an angel, and a wolf. There are no specific connections between the three and these transformations are impossible in our world. This makes the poems magical, lyrical and an example of metaphysical poetry.
back jacket cover of Life In Suspension
In “Winter Horse” the speaker of the poem goes through different worlds as her mother “blows directions in my ear”: edge of life, endeavor, the road, end of the skyline, and the land of shadows.
Helene Cardona and Poet John FitzGerald