Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Review of Maja Trochimczyk's CHOPIN WITH CHERRIES Posted

Some news from Maja Trochimczyk, Editor of Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse: Alison Ross just posted her review of the anthology on Clockwise Cat. Follow the link to read her review: 

The first official review of Chopin with Cherries appeared the Spring 2010 issue of The Cosmopolitan Review, a Canadian journal: John Guzlowski writes: "I cannot remember reading an anthology of poems centered around a single-theme that I liked more." The issue also includes a selection of poems by: Kerri Buckley, Ryan McLellan, Rick Lupert, Elizabeth Murawski, Ruth Nolan, William Pillin, Katrin Talbot, and Maja Trochimczyk.

Another review was published in London, March 2010 in The Polish Weekly.

This anthology of contemporary poetry celebrates the 200th birth anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849). The volume presents 123 poems by 92 poets, including moi! The book is illustrated with vintage Chopin postcards and includes a translation of "Chopin's Piano" by Norwid. The editor, Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, is a Polish-American poet, music historian, photographer, and translator. She published four books on music, two books of poetry, and hundreds of articles and poems.

By Roxanne Hoffman


I tell my piano
the things I used to tell you,
pull back its fallboard
after propping up the lid,
stroke its sturdy trusses,
hear the strings vibrate in sympathy,
undampered escapement permits,
as my fingers depress and release its keys
to unlock unsaid thoughts,
the music I dream.
The solid back frame
understands the balanced tension
of romance:
the give and the take
of the player and the played,
the rhythm of two heartbeats, even at rest,
the somber melody
of disharmony.
We of equal temperament
speak at length,
practice our arpeggios and scales,
regulate our voices,
and play Mozart in your absence.


Note: Lines 1 and 2 are a quotation attributed to Chopin. Toward the end of his life he had a falling out with his long time love George Sand, they separated, and she was absent from his funeral. A final request of Chopin’s was to have Mozart’s Requiem sung in his memory. After his death, among his possessions, a lock of her hair was found in a small envelope embroidered with their initials “G.F” tucked in the back of his diary.

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