Share https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2016/jun/Cardona_Embers.mp3EmbersWe are made of stellar ash — Carl Sagan I conceive the last number, then add one, so it never ends, making extra space in the unsubstantial, chimeric spectacle of dark matter.I am copper in the labyrinth where minerals and wolves breathe— the ocean my wisdom—astounded, mired in halos, a recondite sort of ray.I map the mathematical universe, forge equations into stellar winds—serrated bamboo—cognizant of power laws, infinity triggering bullets from the Cosmos. Hélène Cardona is a poet, literary translator, and actor, the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Hemingway Grant and the USA Best Book Award. Her books include three poetry collections, most recently Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry) and Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry); and three translations: Beyond Elsewhere (Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac, White Pine Press), Ce que nous portons (Dorianne Laux, Éditions du Cygne), and Walt Whitman’s Civil War Writings for WhitmanWeb. She co-edits Plume and Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics, and contributes essays to The London Magazine. She holds a Master’s in American Literature from the Sorbonne, and taught at Hamilton College & Loyola Marymount University.Image of mathematical universe by Veronika By, courtesy Shutterstock.