Share https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2016/jun/Cardona_Embers.mp3 Embers We 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.