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Helena No. 2

There are a lot of things I adore about my current day job at a small liberal arts college near my home in Northeast Los Angeles. Like the exceptionally beautiful campus, the dedicated staff, and the secret vending machine that still… Continue Reading →

You Are Never Ready

So I kept waiting to be “ready” with each potential post–to master the nuance, to perfect the wording, to simply be prepared to share more with you. PRO TIP: That day will never come. Those entries are wilting in my journal, the… Continue Reading →

“A” for Effort

A Teachable Moment That Autumn we covered miles together crossing invisible lines in the dark between New Mexico and Texas Mississippi and Tennessee. You taught me things I should have learned long ago but never did. A truer version of America’s Evolution… Continue Reading →


I wrote this a little after my 16th birthday. I wish I could go back in time and teach this girl how to feel better about herself. But I guess I sort of did. If you were similarly lost at some… Continue Reading →

Beans, beans, good for your heart.

I promise I still have lots of angry love/hate poems about boys, but for now I wanted to share one on the topic I had not been able to address in my work before. As for the post title, I know there is a long-running… Continue Reading →

Renaugural Voyage

Hello! And welcome (or welcome back!). From 2002 to 2008, I operated a blog (known for a time as Blood and Guts) here at poethelena.com. In 2009, I removed the site without explanation. Those close to me know it was due… Continue Reading →

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