• Maja Trochimczyk and Kathabela WilsonAn interview with Maja Trochimczyk, the multi-dimensional poet, artist, writer, host, publisher, and music historian.

      By Kathabela Wilson

      A telescope on the artist

      As a poet, artist, writer, host, publisher, music historian, I see you as having an unusual scope and vision, how do you see yourself as a poet/artist in the world?

      Poetry is a window into the soul; an opening into the rift between the earthly and the divine; a unique way of communicating the beauty, and the richness, and the love, and the sorrow of the world. With poetry, first we prove our own existence, then we document the “real” world inside and around us – that has nothing to do with the “reality” created and perpetuated in the media – and then we share the joy of words creating worlds with other poets, listeners and readers.

      A compass to the Poet

      Your Polish roots are strong, how have they been set into your local poetic world?

      I first read poetry in Polish and my Mom had a huge poetry collection at home in Warsaw, including Rilke, Milosz, Szymborska, and bilingual editions of Guillaume Apollinaire and Arthur Rimbaud in Polish and French. Maja Trochimczyk at the opening of the Polish Film Festival with Polish actress Barbara Krafftowna.I inherited her love of poetry. When I learned English, I started to read poetry in the original: I had three favorite poets, T.S. Eliot, E.E. Cummings and Emily Dickinson. Once I got an amazing gift: a copy of Eliot’s Four Quartets from the composer Louis Andriessen, my artistic mentor, I copied its lines into notes and gave them as hand-made cards to people. These were so amazing: “the dove descending breaks the air,” “the end is where we start from” and “the fire and the rose are one.”

      A Metronome to the Poet

      How are poetry and music connected in your life?

      Poetry is written to be read and to be heard, it is best when performed with music. Maja Trochimczyk at one of her readings in Ventura, CAMy first, and most favorite musical accompanist is Rick Wilson, flautist extraordinaire, who can set the mood for each poem and describe its trajectory with his music played on a variety of flutes. My own “Moonrise Press” published an anthology of 92 poets dedicated to the music of Chopin (1810-1849) “Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse.” I hosted many readings and concerts. The deeply personal, intimate voice of Chopin’s music speaks to each of us, “expressing the inexpressible” – I could say that my poetry tries to do the same.

      A microscope on the Poet

      Your work is so rich, varied and beautiful, how can we see this stream of inner life that comes from your youth?

      The memory of my Polish childhood and its loss (both my parents died of injuries from a home attack) went deeply into my poetic experience. Then there is the pain of homelessness that every immigrant feels – these are the basic themes of my poetry. Maja Trochimczyk at her 2011 Scenic Gallery exhibit.I recently completed my third book of poems based on childhood memories of my parents and my own, lived in the long shadow of the war. It is called “Slicing the Bread: A Children’s Survival Manual in 25 Poems” and can be found on Finishing Line Press website. I participate in many writing groups and readings. I’m a founding member of Kathabela’s local and international group, Poets on Site, and have participated in each of our many performances. I became Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga 2010 to 2012. We established the Village Poets Monthly Reading series  at Tujunga’s Bolton Hall Museum, built in 1913 of river rocks.

      Moon Reality
      by Maja Trochimczyk

       I watched the Moon around the House
      Until upon a Pane –
      She stopped –
      ~ Emily Dickinson

      Long nets of power lines
      Stretch out to catch the orange
      Ball of the moon that falls, falls, falls
      Down to the horizon

      It bounces off the mountaintops
      A bright white pancake
      That floats in silver sky
      Above the freeway turning home

      What is real? What imagined?

      We are caught in the electric net
      Of our own devising
      We stare at moving electrons in a black box
      We smile at pictures
      Looking straight into the eyes on the screen
      We practice witticisms on the keyboard
      For all to see, no one to hear

      Illusion of connection

      The flat pancake of full moon
      Slides along the taunt wires
      Over purple hills, deserted streets

      I am going home
      To gaze at my pale moon of a screen
      Read my personal invitation
      To Atlantis


      ! You can read more about Maja’s writings here.

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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      1. Susan Dobay says:

        Maja’s versatile talent is truly a miracle , This proves my believe that all art forms has the same source and same goal,: to uplift the human spirit. We were fortunate to exhibit her visual art at our Scenic Drive Gallery. I am also happy to call Maja one of my best friend.

      2. Toti O'Brien says:

        Each picture of you, dear Maya, makes music as well… you bring harmony along

      3. Alice Pero says:

        Maja complete artistry is inspiring. She is incredibly articulate and alive and her beauty goes out into the world and makes it better. Thank you, Maja and Kathabela for this wonderful interview and poem.

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