On June 25, 2022 from 3pm to 8pm she is hosting an open house at her studio and garden, at 11525 Mt. Gleason Avenue, Tujunga CA91042.
BEAUTY CONSULTANTMy body is designed for beautiful things.Like the sunrise happening as I write this.It is ever shifting, ever changing,and never the same.It is me as a witness, at this moment,With these eyes and these body feels.That is the miracle, turning my mountaina dusty kind of pink.The kind of pink you find in an old woman’shouse, upon her worn velvet sofa.The kind of pink worn on that samewoman’s lips, that discontinued shadeof Estee Lauder lipstick.It is her at this moment, a blending of earlymorning rays, through moisture laden clouds,landing on the browns and tans ofthose easterly slopes,that forgotten shade has been reinvented,reignited for my pleasure again.And it triggers a feeling of nostalgia,Back when the action was at the departmentstores, in the malls, at the food courts.Us, Lauder, Clinique, and Lancome girls,playing with our beauty, only slightlyunderstanding it’s power and becomingaware of it’s dangers.Us, with our soft, full painted lips,Laughing together and admiring each other’sfeminine allure.Us, applying a new shade of pinkto replace the old one for that womanseated in our chair awaiting her makeover,Her transformation.Applying a bandaid to all thedisappointments of life,that have sagged the smile andfrowned the eyes.We were baby alchemists.It was the era of artificial excess,Tortured tresses, contoured cheeksAnd sexy eyebrows.What kind of magic pill were we selling?
Youth in a bottle That perfect shade oflipstick?It would be years later that theunderpinnings of this artificial environmentwould begin to crack.My eyes would see through thecrumbling remains, that mytalents were not meant for sellinga manmade idea of beauty,But for reveling in the sourceof beauty herself.And there is no selling beauty, not ever...Beauty simply exists.Beauty is that dusty shade of pinkupon my mountain,That shade of pink that grins forthfrom that old woman’s lips.
Maja Trochimczyk, PhD, is a Polish American poet, music historian, photographer, and non-profit director. She is the author/editor of eight books on music and Polish culture, five poetry volumes and four anthologies, including most recently We Are Here: Village Poets Anthology co-edited with Marlene Hitt to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Village Poets readings (2020). A former Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga in 2010-2012, since 2019 she has served as the President of the California State Poetry Society, and, since 2018, as the President of the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club, promoting Polish culture in California.
Her poetry books include Rose Always, Miriam’s Iris, Slicing the Bread, Into Light, and The Rainy Bread. Hundreds of Trochimczyk’s poems appeared in English, Polish, as well as in German, French, Chinese, Spanish and Serbian translations in such journals as: The Loch Raven Review, Epiphany Magazine, Lily Review, Ekphrasis Journal, Quill and Parchment, Magnapoets, SGVGPQ, Pirene's Fountain, Cosmopolitan Review, The Scream Online, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, Clockwise Cat, Lummox Journal, Phantom Seed, Colorado Boulevard, Spectrum, Poezja Dzisiaj, OccuPoetry, as well as many anthologies. She is the host of Village Poets Monthly Readings, Managing Editor of the California Quarterly and Editor of the CSPS Poetry Letter, promoting poetry worldwide.
Interview by VoyageLA website, 15 October 2021, http://voyagela.com/interview/inspiring-conversations-with-maja-trochimczyk-of-moonrise-press/
Interview by Shoutout LA website, March 1, 2021: https://shoutoutla.com/meet-maja-trochimczyk-poet-photographer-and-music-historian/