Sunday, January 26, 2020

Gail Moore and Rick Smith on February 23, 2020, and Farewell to the Library Oak Tree

Big  Tujunga Wash, January 2020, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 4:30 pm. at Bolton Hall Museum (10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042), Village Poets invite poets and poetry lovers to the second Village Poets reading of the year 2020 and of the entire '20s decade. We will  present two poets, Gail Moore and Rick Smith. The reading will include two open mike segments and we encourage poets to read love poems in celebration of St. Valentine's Day. Refreshments will be served and $3 donations collected for the cost of the venue, the second historical landmark in the City of Los Angeles, that celebrated its centennial in 2013.  The Museum is managed by the Little Landers Historical Society.

Big Tujunga Wash, January 2020, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

We would also like to remind all Village Poets - featured poets and regular participants that the deadline for submissions to our anthology is extended to February 16, 2020 and the deadline for applications for the position of Poet Laureate is on February 2, 2020 (222020):  http://villagepoets.blogspot.com/2020/01/happy-new-year-2020-calls-for-poems-and.html


GAIL GAULDIN MOORE

Gail Gauldin Moore was born and raised in Los Angeles but has moved around eight times in the last seven years. Her mother was a poet and heard poetry while going to sleep in her childhood. She started writing poetry in 1990 and published three poetry books, Poems on the Half Shell, Postcard Poems and most recently, Nancy of the Silences. She has a master's degree in Education, Ed Psy and in counseling.


Straddling Worlds

There was something I want to tell you
that I did not tell you before because
I was sleeping.

The leaves deserve the light.
They did not bite the light like
winds you have known.

I want to tell you one more thing:
Something is rocking my heart.
It is the breeze, speaking in tongues.

The leaves tremble.
They sound like a billion
tissue paper fairies that say,

everything could be music.




Rick Smith is a poet, editor, blues harmonica player, and clinical psychologist living and working in Southern California. Born in New York, and raised in his Dad's artistic house in Pineville, Pennsylvania,  Smith's early induction to the art world was by his father, William Smith, painter, artist, and art director for The Saturday Evening Post, Reader's Digest and various book publishers, including a series of book covers for Carl Sandburg's books. William Smith was also the author of Sandburg's portrait now in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and a subject of one of Sandburg's poems. Read more about the Sandburg recollections on Rick Smith's website https://docricksmith.com/.

Rick Smith's latest book of poetry is Whispering in a Mad Dog's Ear published by Lummox Press in 2014. He also published Hard Landing (Lummox Presss, 2011), The Wren Notebook (Lummox Press, 2000), and Exhibition Game (G. Sack Press, 1973). As blues harmonica player he may be heard in recordings of the City Lights, on recordings by other bands and companies, and on the soundtracks of three films including Days of Heaven. Here's a recording from a poetry reading where Rick played the harmonica: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXLLf77OIbg

St. Germaine District, Paris, 1949


My dad sets up his easel
in the ruins of St. Germaine
and I get to amuse myself
in the post-war debris.
Concrete slabs and twisted re-bar
throw mad shadow in the morning sun.
My dad takes a charcoal stick to the blank
canvas, roughs out
what's left of an apartment building.
Stained canvas becomes a battlefield
The hand and the stick depend on tension.
Six steps lead up to nothing,
fascinating to me or to someone
who studies destruction.
There will be no finishing touches
on this new order.
We try to imagine the noise this
would have made but the kids
went blind
before they were deaf,
were senseless before the skin peeled away
from jagged fire all around.
Theory and speculation no longer matter. There
is disregard for the form and content debate.
There is no counting of ambiguities;
it all goes up in a flash and
it all goes up as one.

But this is about art,
illusion that sustains us.
Dad puts up the one piece
that is still recognizable as wall
while I break rock and darkness falls.

(c) 2001 Rick Smith, published in Rattle No. 16, Winter 2001.


Big Tujunga Wash, January 2020, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk


When the Fog

from The Wren Notebook (entry #75)

When the fog laid in
a wren from two worlds
came flying across water.
Dark was that water
and darker still, the wren.
She herself was invisible
and so
she was gone.

You were saying
the wren flying in darkness
isn’t real
because she was only a dream.
“And just dreaming it,” you said,
“doesn’t make it real”.

I say,
sometimes
I see things.
That makes them mine.
And just as real
as the empty space
that holds them
as they carry on wind
from something
toward something else.

Dream is what we’ve got;
the flight is real.


Oaks in Descanso Gardens, October 2019. Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

Farewell to the Oak Tree at the Tujunga Library

On Monday, January 13, 2020, the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library held a Farewell to the Coast Live Oak Tree just outside of the library. As the librarians wrote 

"we know you share our affection for the Coast Live Oak Tree outside our branch. The tree has been a fixture of our community for many years, and when we realized it was suffering, we hoped we could do something to save it.  We hired a certified arborist to evaluate the tree and make recommendations for how to proceed. Unfortunately, the assessment indicated that we will need to remove the tree because of its severe structural decline."

Two poets read their poems to commemorate the Oak Tree. The noted poet and flautist Alice Pero, the co-producer of Moonday Poetry Readings, posted her reading online and shared with us her poem. 

Old Oak of Sunland/Tujunga Library

on the Occasion of Laying the Tree to Rest, Jan 13, 2020

Old oak, you have watched us long
while we trampled the underbrush
nearly 100 years
You watched
while we turned forest floors
into highways and sidewalks
finding comfort in books
inside cool walls of cement
and stone

Once you baffled the sun*
with your thick, fertile branches
your Old Women** friends
teaching us the prayers of the Tongva
though they, too, were almost gone
by the time your seed sprouted

We are grateful for your shade
your outstretched arms
as children ran about under you
shouting and playing
feeling spirit spreading grace

We are grateful for the grace
all live oaks give
more than just precious oxygen
something of an ancient time
when trees were sacred

Now we must now send you back
to the earth from which you came
with hope that the spirit of trees
remains in your seed


*In 1910, a Los Angeles Times correspondent wrote about Sunland:
In the center of town the oaks are so thick that that the sun is baffled

**"Tujunga" in the native Tongva language means "the old woman"

© 2020 Alice Pero
Alice Pero reading in front of the Coast Live Oak, Photo by Joe DeCenzo.


Pamela Shea, Sunland-Tujunga Poet Laureate, also read her poem to commemorate the Oak Tree.




Coast Live Oak Tree Celebration

               1/13/2020, Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library
              By Pamela Shea, 9th Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga

Fluttering leaves have bid welcome
To Sunland-Tujunga Library.
Our beloved Coast Live Oak
Has blessed us over a century.

An icon, a landmark,
A beacon, and our friend,
Will live on in memory
Its influence will never end.

Oh dear, beautiful tree,
The time for goodbyes has come.
You’ve adorned our community,
Protecting us from rain and sun.

A sentinel to learning,
You have bridged earth and sky.
Welcoming, inspiring,
Our host and our ally.

Precious one, so majestic,
Standing proudly all these years,
We must now bid you adieu
With our thanks and with our tears.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Joyce Futa and Jackie Chou Feature on January 26, 2020

  
San Francisco Marina. Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

We are please to invite poets and poetry lovers to the first Village Poets reading of the year 2020 and of the entire '20s decade on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 4:30 pm. at Bolton Hall Museum (10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042).  Village Poets  will present two poets associated with the Tanka and Haiku groups in Southern California, members of Poets on Site and Southern California Haiku Study Group. The reading will include two open mike segments. Refreshments will be served and $3 donations collected for the cost of the venue, the second historical landmark in the City of Los Angeles, that celebrated its centennial in 2013.  The Museum is managed by the Little Landers Historical Society.

We would also like to remind all Village Poets - featured poets and regular participants that the deadline for submissions to our anthology is January 31, 2020 and the deadline for applications for the position of Poet Laureate is on February 2, 2020 (222020):  http://villagepoets.blogspot.com/2020/01/happy-new-year-2020-calls-for-poems-and.html
 

JOYCE FUTA

Joyce Futa has been writing poetry since she retired in 2001.  Her book “Lit Windows: A Book of Haibun and Tanka Prose” from which she will read today was published in 2017.  She lives happily in Altadena, a dramatic change from the city life of San Francisco, where she lived for 50 years.  She has recently discovered a new creative passion: ceramics, the process of which in some ways is not that different from writing poetry - an openess to whatever might be unconsciously evolving, attention to detail, and patient revising and refining.

 Ginkgo tree in Descanso Gardens, by Maja Trochimczyk



Her Death

It wasn’t an answer, it was a question.  
It wasn’t simple, but dark and teeming.
Like tv detectives, we thought about it, 
reconstructed timelines, conversations, events.
The  links were there, 
everything and nothing made any sense.  
Our thoughts ranged wildly depending on the hour, 
whether it was gray or bright as the tropics,
what friend we just talked to and whether we wept.  
Who could have stopped her vision of fate.
How the seed grew to take over her mind.  

Sometimes it seemed simple: it was just too much.  

But it wasn’t simple, never an answer.
The question echoes as it moves into the past.

lost in caves
we tunnel through grief
trying to remember your light
those days in the years
you walked with us


Kumquat Marmalade


My sister and I slice a huge mound of kumquats for marmalade, a tedious, time consuming task; each tiny fruit has seeds we must tease out with the tip of a knife.  One could go nuts doing this alone, but we pass the time chatting about friends, sons, the awful daily news.   Twelve jars of orange jellies with little bright haloes of rind will be our reward.

We start to talk about movies.  Suddenly we are caught in the familiar senior struggle to remember someone’s name, this time an actress we have loved in many roles.  We catalog facts we know about her – she played an artist in that movie with whatshisname … and X’s sister in a film set in San Francisco – was she nominated for that?  Finally, my sister says she gives up and rinses her hands to google.  When she returns with the name, we slap our numbskulls.

slippery seeds of memory
we leave drama behind
and enter the age of comedy



 
 

JACKIE CHOU
  
Jackie Chou writes free verses, rhyming poems, and Japanese short form poetry.  Her work has been published in JOMP Dear Mr. President anthology, Lummox, Creative Talents Unleashed anthologies, and others.  She was nominated for a Best of the Net in 2017 by Hidden Constellation.  

Hills at Cajon Pass, December 24, 2019 by Maja Trochimczyk


Ode to Insomniacs


When you're up with the owls and moon people,
I'm in a cozy slumber, deep in dreams.


You can do so much;
String together stars,

Enough to feed a whole village
Come morning.


Your eyelids droop with weariness.
You remind me of mama and papa


Who worked till their bones broke,

While I lay indolent, on a couch,
Embarrassed by their smelly armpits


Urged them to eat well, sleep well,

And bathe daily. To no avail, my voice 
was smaller than their American dream.

They both died young,
And you and your sleepless nights,
Traumatize me all over again.

Snow at the Grapevine, Maja Trochimczyk

Cerulean


My mother clad me in pink,
and later in my teens, lavender.
But the blue was always there,
underneath the pastel colors.
It was in my genes,
blue with its melancholia
and myriad synonyms,
azure and cerulean.
My mood is a spectrum
of different shades of blue,
including royal and navy.
The sky and the sea are blue,
with every variation in between,
turquoise and indigo.
Blue is behind my strawberry colored smile.
 
San Francisco Marina, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk
 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year 2020! Calls for Poems and Applications



HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!



We wish you all poetic success, inspiration and perfection, as well as all the best for you and your families - best of luck, best of food, best of health, best of fun! Be best!  And have the Best Year!


SUBMIT POEMS TO VILLAGE POETS ANTHOLOGY


To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Village Poets Monthly Poetry Readings at Bolton Hall Museum, in Tujunga, CA, Moonrise Press will issue an anthology of Featured Poets and frequent guests sustaining the VP Readings over the past decade, 2010-2020. Edited by Marlene Hitt and Maja Trochimczyk, the anthology will provide a portrait of our poets and documentation of our readings. It will be published in paperback and ePub e-book formats, distributed by Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other booksellers, as well as via Moonrise Press.

Each featured poet is invited to submit 1-3 poems (fitting on up to two page 6X9, standard trade book size), a brief biography (150 words), and a portrait. A favorite photo from the readings is also welcome.  Guests who frequently read their work during the monthly events are also invited to submit their work. The poems may be previously published, if they are a favorite of their authors.

https://moonrisepress.blogspot.com/2019/10/call-for-submissions-to-village-poets.html

To submit, send an email to Maja Trochimczyk, maja@moonrisepress.com, with the subject: “VP Anthology Submission – Name” by January 31, 2020. The attached one Word file must include name, address, email, phone number of the poet, with brief bio and poems in Book Antiqua font, size 11. Photo, resolution 300 dpi should be the second attachment. The anthology will be published by June 2020 and celebrated in a group reading at Bolton Hall Museum. Poets will receive the anthology in PDF and eBook formats and will be able to purchase the paperbacks at 50% of retail price.


APPLY FOR NEXT POET LAUREATE OF SUNLAND-TUJUNGA 



The term of Pamela Shea as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga ends in April 2020 and we are seeing a new poet for this role. The application form is posted on our website: villagepoets.com, under "application" tab. More information below.

WHO CAN SERVE AS A POET LAUREATE?

The position of the Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga, created in 1999, includes duties that involve adapting well to a variety of occasions: the maker of a toast, the bestower of a prize, the dedicator of a park, the composer of an ode to the Little League team, etc. As well as a position of high honor, it is a position of COMMUNITY SERVICE. The Poet Laureate serves a two-year term, though the past two Poets Laureate had their term extended to three years: Elsa S. Frausto (2014-2017) and Pamela Shea (2017-2020).

The applicant should be a resident of the Foothills, from Lake View Terrace to La Canada Flintridge (including Sunland, Tujunga, Shadow Hills and Montrose) and must be at least 18 years of age. We seek a poet of good craftsmanship and one who has made an effort to study this craft and to hone his/her individual voice. The Poet Laureate as a community leader should be comfortable with public speaking, appearances and interviews and should be able to speak clearly and capably.

As the poet represents the community, he/she should be a person of good character and one with a track record of contributing to the betterment of our community. We seek a person whose life and works reflect a love of our area which includes the flora, fauna, mountains, creeks and our diverse human community. This is a person who is the voice of our community, a cheerleader, a person whose words give wings to the heart of Sunland and Tujunga.

During his/her term in office the Poet Laureate is encouraged to publish a collection of his or her works, as in a chapbook, for historical documentation. Those who choose the Poet Laureate are people with extensive knowledge of the community, educators, and those involved in arts and literature. At present, the Committee consists of representatives of Village Poets of Sunland Tujunga, Little Landers Historical Society, and the McGroarty Arts Center. Names of those judges may be presented upon request.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

1) All applicants must be at least 18 years old and active members of the local poetry community. The candidates should be residents of the Foothills, from Lake View Terrace to La Canada Flintridge, inclusive of Sunland, Tujunga, Shadow Hills, La Crescenta and Montrose. They must show a history of active interest in the local community and will be expected to actively engage with the community activities of Village Poets.

2) All applicants must be able to demonstrate an active participation in poetry activities through publication and/or featured poetry readings.

3) The applicants must agree to serve as Poet Laureate for a term of two years, including volunteer activities, poetry readings, publications, and other projects contributing to the promotion of poetry and the arts in the community.

4) The Poet-Laureate of Sunland Tujunga must commit himself/herself to attending the Passing of the Laurels Ceremony on April 23, 2017, as well as a similar ceremony at the end of the term in office, in April 2019. The Poet-Laureate must also demonstrate an engagement with the local poetry community by attending at least six of the eleven monthly readings organized each year by Village Poets in Tujunga, CA.


HOW TO APPLY
Please download, print and return the application form (PDF) from villagepoets.com - application tab: Application 2020. Attach the following:

1. List of publications and featured readings
2. Sample of poetry (approx. five poems, with two about Sunland-Tujunga)
3. History of community service.
4. One paragraph discussing a favorite poet.
5. One paragraph describing how you as Poet Laureate would promote poetry.

Submit the Application form with a sample of poems, other items 1-5 from the above list and a check for $15.00 made out to Little Landers Historical Society (LLHS, with Village Poets of Sunland Tujunga noted on the check), and send the package to:

Poet Laureate Selection Committee,
c/o Maja Trochimczyk,
P.O. Box 4288, Sunland, CA 91041-4288.

If you have questions regarding the Poet Laureate program email Maja Trochimczyk, at maja@moonrisepress.com. Please check our website www.villagepoets.com or our blog villagepoets.blogspot.com for further poetry information.


DEADLINES AND THE TIMELINE

  • January 1 to February 2, 2020 - Application Period
  • February 2, 2020 - Application Deadline DEADLINE for all applicant materials (postmark)
  • February 20, 2020 - Notification of Finalists by mail, email or phone (postmark)
  • First Week of March, 2020 - Interviews and Readings of Finalists. In-person Interviews and Readings of Finalists before the Committee, location TBA (attendance is required for all finalists)
  • March 20, 2020 - Notifications of the Poet Laureate for 2020 - 2022 by phone, email or mail (postmark)
  • April 26, 2020 - Passing of the Laurels Ceremony, location TBA


POETRY AND LITERATURE COMMITTEE

The Committee is organized by past Poets Laureate and includes representatives of Village Poets, Little Landers Historical Society, and the McGroarty Arts Center: Joe DeCenzo (Chair), Marlene Hitt, Dorothy Skiles, Maja Trochimczyk, Elsa Frausto, Pamela Shea, and two others, TBA.



Friday, November 1, 2019

Cile Borman, Singer and Poet, with Andrew Kolo, Painter and Poet, on November 24, 2019

Pacific Coast Highway, oil painting by Andrew Kolo

The Village Poets's next reading will take place on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042.  Village Poets  will present the wonderful Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Actress, and Community Activist, Cile Borman. She will share the afternoon with the featured artist - painter, poet and writer Andy Kolo (Andrzej Kolodziej), the founder of Polish Krak Poetry Group and of the Krak Art Group of California-based artists. The reading will include two open mike segments. Refreshments will be served and $3 donations collected for the cost of the venue, the second historical landmark in the City of Los Angeles, that celebrated its centennial in 2013.  The Museum is managed by the Little Landers Historical Society.


CILE BORMAN, ACTRESS, SINGER, POET

Music is the motivating force in Cile’s life.  She has traveled all throughout the USA cultivating her singing voice and perfecting her audience communication stills. Cile’ has appeared in Liberia West Africa, and throughout Germany.  She was the opening act in Japan for the Temptations and has always combined original material with popular favorites in her exciting show.  From Anchorage, Alaska to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from Seattle, Washington to Hollywood, California Cile’ has become a popular performer.  She got her start singing with the jazz orchestra at Roosevelt University in Chicago Illinois.  Her evolution from jazz to rhythm and blues has been influential in helping her to develop her own style that she has use to blend with her love of Caribbean music and culture.  Cile’ has included the playing of the steel drum into her presentation.  The steel drum was conceived, and developed, on the island of Trinidad.

Cile Borman has lived in Lake View Terrace, California, since 1982.  She and her husband writer and keyboard player Mike Borman, have received awards for their performances of their original musical projects for young people. In their songwriting collaborations, Cile writes the texts and Mike Borman writes the music. From being a lyricist it is a short way to become a poet-musician, in the ancient tradition of singers who sang texts that they wrote themselves. 

 During the late 1990's the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department created neighborhood arts councils all over the city.  Cile was very active in the creation of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Arts Council.  Nine panels 4ft. By 4ft.  panels, representing communities located in the Northeast Valley were researched, designed and painted by highschool students from the area and displayed through out the city culminating with the Los Angeles City celebration of the millennium in the year 2000.  Cile, recognizing the importance of these panels has made sure that these panels are stored in specially designed cases, in a safe environment, for future display. 

The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department also awarded Cile a $3,000.00 grant in 2001 to present Her original musical "We Are The Future" at the Lake View Terrace Recreational Center.  Ms. Borman enlisted community members to donate time and funds for lighting, set decorations, and rehearsal space. She auditioned and rehearsed the talented young people from her community, whom she paid to do a successful one night performance.        

Cile Borman at Bolton Hall Museum

She has served and continues to serve on numerous community boards. She served as the Outreach Chairperson for the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (FTDNC) and was one of the essential people who worked to get, FTDNC certified and through the process of having an elected board. Cile Borman serves as a member of the board of the Lake View Terrace Improvement Association (LVTIA).  She also has been a past president of LVTIA, and serves on the "LVT Friends Of The Library" committee. Cile was Vice President of the Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP).  This is an environmental group united to help preserve open space for the public.  Cile is President of 4 July at Hansen Dam Committee.  She has been a dedicated volunteer contributing her time to this committee for almost a decade.  She feels this is and event that should always be a part of the Northeast San Fernando Valley's yearly calendar.  

Here are some of the other community groups and projects that she is presently involved with: The Friends of the Lake View Terrace Library, Lopez Canyon Advisory Committee, the Tujunga Watershed Council, the Day Of The Horse Celebration and Snow Day at Hansen Dam.  Cile also has been an offical a judge for the Pacoima Christmas Parade and has recently become a member of the Pacoima Chamber of Commerce.  

Her other project include: 
a) Funded by the Department Of Public Works, $10,000.00 Beautification Grant Program 2006 to transform the southwest corner of Foothill Blvd. and Osborne Street into a community beautification project entitled “Cultural Vista.” 
b) Helping to mentor high school girls as part of her involvement with Beta Pi Sigma Sorority Inc. Zeta Chapter.       

More information: CileTurnerBorman.com


THE WEEKEND


Telephone poles marching,

Tumble weed rolling,
I miss your touch, so very much,
The radio keeps me company,
The songs wile the miles away,
I realize you never think of me anymore,
And it hurts, because i still think of you,
I pause at a crossroad to brush away a tear,
I wish you were near, sitting right here,
Sharing the landmarks that we use to share,
I remind myself again, that you no longer care,
Golden aspen beside a stream,
I pause to take in the view and to dream,
Ahead in the distance, the desert is aglow,
With the lights of the city, that we use to know,
I check in downtown,
 and walk the blazing streets where we use to go,
I miss you so,
From my window i view,
 a neon cowboy waving at me, he reminds me of you
I decide to take in a show, i’ll dine alone,
At a place where we use to go,
I still miss you so,
I watch the couples and at first i feel jelousy,
My eyes fill with tears, because now i see,
I needed this weekend to revisit the past,
So i dress for the road,
I change my purfume,
I’m on the move again, and not a moment to soon
Headed back to the city the future is clear,
The journey to the past, was bitter sweet,
A place where ghosts live and meet,
Love never dies, it only changes.



Photo by Maja Trochimczyk, Descanso Gardens

WHAT IS THE BLUES

What is the blues

How do you feel it
When do you know when
You got the blues
Who is the blues man
How is he feelin
What makes him able
To sing the blues

There was buddy bolden

Out of the delta
And louie armstrong
Out of the waifs home
Bessie smith & big momma thornton
Singin their hearts out
While livin the blues

How do you feel it

Where do you find it
What is the blues
How do you know
How is it written
Where is the rhythm
What are the chords
To make it so

Displaced manhood

Corrupted womanhood
Too many children
Up to no good
Blood on the highway
Blood in the tall trees
People gone mad, crying the blues

The blues is a lifestyle

Painful and half wild
Stabbing your insides
Sucking your bones dry
The blues is a feelin
That keeps you reelin
Searchin for something
To ease the pain

I hear the outcry, the lyrics don’t lie

They make my blood run, hot & cold
I hear the wailing i know the torment
I feel the pain, down deep in my soul
…………..that is the blues

(c) Cile Borman



Portrait by Jeff Riedel

ANDREW KOLO / ANDRZEJ KOLODZIEJ, PAINTER AND POET


Andrew Kolo is a California artist, painter, poet and playwright born in Poland. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in ToruĊ„ with the title of Master of Arts in Painting and continued his studies in Paris and Los Angeles. He is the leader of the Krak Art Group that held many large exhibitions, for instance "Polish Identity" at the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica to celebrate Polish Regained Independence in 2018.


Artwork by Andy Kolo (Andrzej Kolodziej) at Krak Art Group Exhibition Polish Identity 
at the Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, November 2018. Photo by Maja Trochimczyk
Kolo's vocation is art, his passion is poetry. His poem: "America of an Immigrant" won the 1st prize in the national-wide poetry magazine competition: LUCIDITY Poetry Journal in Houston, Texas. Andrzej founded "Krak Poetry Group" in Los Angeles consisting of Polish-American poets and "9 ½ POETRY", a group that promoted the work of young American poets.  He is the author of a collection of poems and satirical arts POLKA DOT TUXEDO published by Xlibris. Based on his script, MY MARILYN was filmed. His play THE TRIAL OF DALI "was presented in Los Angeles, at Hollywood, at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2019, and in Sydney, Australia.

Links to videos with his paintings:

The next exhibition of Krak Art Group:
"Feeling It Together" at Vienna Woods, 351 La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
on Saturday, November 23, 2019, 6-9 PM Opening Reception
Artists: Joanna Fodczuk-Garcia, Andrew Kolo, Leonard Konopelski, 
Janusz Maszkiewicz, Tomasz Misztal, Kasia Czerpal-Weglinska, Witold Vito Wojcik


Southern Border by Andrew Kolo, oil painting


EYES OF PICASSO 

Eyes of Picasso
are bigger than yours.
More self-confident
Than ours.
He sees
More forms and colors 
Than you and I. 

Then he transfers
The objects through
A prism of Cubism.

Eyes of Picasso
Always wonder.
Directed toward
The canvas 
Are like eyes
Of an eagle.
Registering the smallest
Shades of color. 

Eyes of Picasso
Are like eyes
of a madman.
First they discover beauty
then they mercilessly
deform it, regardless
if it is a landscape,
still life,
wife
or a lover.


California Passage - Oil Painting by Andrew Kolo

Garden of Eden

In the Garden of Eden brightly colored
flowers and bushes never cease blooming
and never knew winter.
The fig tree belongs to you - my dearest
and the olive one - to me.
Make yourself comfortable in their aromatic shade.

In the tangled branches snake is hissing softly.
Under an apple tree Adam and Eve, embracing.
I give you sons and daughters – she whispers
tucking him into an animal fur coat.
This delicious fruit called an apple
can only make you stronger - my beloved.

 the first snowflakes are beginning to fall
 upon the flowery Garden of Eden
 like the first sins.

                       ~ Andrew  Kolo




Andrew Kolo, with Maja Trochimczyk, and Leonard Konopelski 
at the opening of the exhibit by Antonina Konopelska, 2018, Vienna Woods Gallery.


California Quarterly 45:3 Autumn 2019 
Edited by Maja Trochimczyk

During the event, poems from the most recent issue of the California Quarterly 45:3 will be presented.
Contents, and a note about Russell Salamon by Lois P. Jones 

This issue of California Quarterly (published since 1972) contains a tribute to Russell Salamon by Lois. P. Jones and a selection of his unpublished poems. Russell was one of the editors of CQ, and died this year. His poem "Redwood Trees" was posthumously nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2019 by the volume's editor, Maja Trochimczyk

Established in 1971, The California State Poetry Society is the official state organization representing California to the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). We were incorporated on August 14th, 1985 as a 501(c)(3) organization, so donations above the membership level are tax deductible. Donor and patron support ensure (1) the quality publications of the CSPS continue and (2) our mission to promote poetry and art in California and around the world continues to grow. Information regarding renewal and patron contributions is on the Membership page. The CSPS began publication of the California Quarterly in the fall of 1972.


Photos from Suzanne Lummis's 
Honorary CSPS Membership Presentation


Certificate Presented to Suzanne Lummis


Maja Trochimczyk, Senator Portantino, Suzanne Lummis

In addition to CSPS Honorary Membership certificate, Ms. Lummis received a Certifcate of Appreciation from Senator Anthony Portantino who read his own poem. He is a poet and a great friend of poetry; he came in person to our event because he owes a huge debt to Ms. Lummis, who encouraged him to read his own poetry at public literary events. We are all so grateful to Suzanne for all she does for poetry and for her insights and talent!     
  
Maja Trochimczyk, Senator Portantino, Suzanne Lummis

Suzanne Lummis



Village Poets with Ms. Lummis: Trochimczyk, Lummis, Skiles, Shea, DeCenzo, Hitt

Suzanne Lummis with her Peacock Feather Rose Bouquet, and Maja Trochimczyk

Suzanne Lummis with Maja Trochimczyk and Ed Rosenthal "Poet Broker" holding bronze peacocks
to accompany the peacock feathers in her red rose bouquet. 

Standing L to R: Marlene Hitt, Cile Borman, Joe DeCenzo, Ed Rosenthal, Peter Larsen, Gene Schutz, 
Dr. Mira Mataric, Dr. Rick Wilson, Kathabela Wilson, Taura Scott. Seated L to R: Maja Trochimczyk, 
Pamela Shea, Suzanne Lummis, and Dorothy Skiles



Suzanne Lummis, Photo by Joe DeCenzo


In addition to the  certificates from Sen. Portantino and Village Poets, congratulations were offered to Ms. Lummis by CSPS members who attended the ceremony: Kathabela Wilson, Pamela Shea, and Ed Rosenthal.

Taura Scott, Kathabela Wilson, Rick Wilson perform at the event, sponsored in part by the Moonrise Press.

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