Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our First Book in Polish - Hanna Kulenty's "Odwrocony Dom"

Moonrise Press is proud to present its first novel in Polish, written by composer Hanna Kulenty and soon to appear in the U.S. in paperback and ePub ebook formats. Since the book is in Polish (its English translation is in preparation), the information below is also in Polish.


ISBN  978-1-945938-12-2  (paperback)
ISBN 9978-1-945938-13-9 (e-book, E-Pub format)

HANNA KULENTY O ODWROCONYM DOMU

"Czas i jego wymiary, czas do kwadratu, czas do sześcianu"… – to nie tylko moje motta w muzyce, ale również i w literaturze. Tak jak w muzyce nie próbuję zatrzymywać czasu, a jedynie ten czas "spowolnić" i dać słuchaczowi odczuć jego inne wymiary, tak w literaturze staram się robić to samo.

Moja pierwsza książka „Odwrócony Dom" składa się z dwóch części.
Pierwsza część obejmuje lata 2005 – 2008. Druga część okres kilku miesięcy z mojego życia w 2015 roku.  Zaczęłam pisać tę powieść ok 2002 roku. Początkowo była to próba szybkiego zarejestrowania zbioru moich dziwnych snów – wizji, a tutaj dodam, że sen i jawa są w powieści nierozerwalne, a potem nadawanie temu formy. Dodałam sporo faktów z mojego życia, przemyślenia filozoficzne i sporo fantazji. Taka trochę "literatura faktów". Surrealizm czy realizm?… Zależy z której strony na to spojrzymy… Dlatego "Odwrócony Dom". Odwrócony albo odbity w tafli lustrzanej – jak w obrazie Magritte.

To, co do tej pory robiłam tylko w muzyce zaczęłam więc transponować na język literatury. Transpozycja – to dobre określenie, bo tak naprawdę pisałam tę książkę trochę jak utwór muzyczny. "Wyświetlam" w niej różne sceny (nazwijmy to umownie) wielokrotnie, ale za każdym razem przybliżam (że tak powiem) kamerę, ukazując coraz więcej szczegółów. W utworze muzycznym stosuję obsesyjne leitmotivy, które za każdym razem ewoluują w swoim zewnętrzu i wnętrzu. W książce robię podobnie. Ożywiam i wydłużam "zamrożone klatki filmowe", które są czystą rejestracją moich snów – wizji i nadaję im coraz dłuższe narracje. Biorę pod "lupę" te sceny nie tylko (jak widać) w mojej wyobraźni, ale (w pewnym sensie) przybliżam mikroskop jako naoczny świadek!.W muzyce zapisuję to co słyszę, widzę i czuję i mam w tym niemałą wprawę. W literaturze zapisuję to co słyszę, widzę i czuję z trochę mniejszą (co prawda) wprawą, ale co tam… Od czegoś trzeba zacząć. Zapisuję jak leci, dosłownie, ze wszystkimi przecinkami i wielokropkami, bez edycji, jak najszybciej, żeby czegoś nie zapomnieć albo czegoś nie przeoczyć.



O AUTORZE - HANNA KULENTY

Hanna Kulenty, kompozytor polsko-holenderski, od 1985 r. pracuje jako wolny twórca, realizując liczne zamówienia. Autorka ponad stu kompozycji – od utworów solowych, poprzez kameralistykę, symfonikę, opery, a kończąc na muzyce teatralnej i filmowej. Charakterystyczny styl muzyczny, z jej techniką „polifonii łuków” (opracowaną w pracy magisterskiej), następnie techniką „transu w muzyce europejskiej” i w końcu techniką „polifonii czasoprzestrzeni” (opracowaną w pracy doktorskiej), jest rozpoznawalny niemalże od pierwszej nuty, a trzymający w napięciu do ostatniej. Swoją muzykę obecnie nazywa „turbulencjami harmonicznymi” lub „muzyką surrealistyczną”. Jej utwory są wykonywane na wszystkich kontynentach. Hanna Kulenty wykłada w iu instytucjach muzycznych (USA, Kanada, Wielka Brytania, Dania, Holandia, Niemcy, Hiszpania, Litwa, Polska). Uczestniczyła również w pracach jury konkursów muzycznych.

Studiowała kompozycję pod kierunkiem W. Kotońskiego w Akademii Muzycznej w Warszawie i Louisa Andriessena w Królewskim Konserwatorium w Hadze. W 1990 roku była przez rok guest composer Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (daad) w Berlinie. Jest laureatką szeregu nagród, z których najbardziej ceni pierwszą lokatę na 50. Międzynarodowej Trybunie Kompozytorów UNESCO oraz Medal Mozartowski Międzynarodowej Rady Muzycznej UNESCO za I Koncert na trąbkę i orkiestrę (2003).




KULENTY O SWOJEJ MUZYCE

Ostatnio nazywam swoją muzykę nie tylko "polifonią czasoprzestrzeni", ale też: "musique surrealistique". Dlaczego? Dlatego, że jestem kompozytorem, który świadomie łączy i łączyć będzie poszczególne elementy muzyczne w taki sposób, aby zmienić im... (właśnie) – czasy. Próbuję np. rozciągnąć melodię tak, aby pozorny brak kontaktu z tą melodią uderzał w naszą podświadomość, albo próbuję przyspieszyć ową melodię tak, aby nie było miejsca na żadną refleksję, a tylko nasza nadświadomość odgadywała ewentualną prozodię tej melodii. Zmieniam czasy elementom muzycznym. Zmieniam ich stany. Jestem surrealistką muzyczną, a nie surkonwencjonalistką, bo ja nie grzebię w konwencji – tak dla zasady czy techniki kompozytorskiej, ale jedynie się o konwencję ocieram – jeżeli mam oczywiście taką potrzebę.

Jestem surrealistką muzyczną właśnie dlatego, że przekazuję słuchaczowi stany i gesty emocjonalne, które mogą konwencji towarzyszyć, ale nie muszą. Bardziej interesuje mnie naśladowanie i przekształcanie bezpośrednio natury, niż naśladowanie czyjegoś naśladowania – czyli konwencji. Gesty emocjonalne, które powinny poruszać, wzruszać, itd, które znane są od początku istnienia muzyki najbardziej mnie interesują. Interesuje mnie to, żeby te właśnie gesty odrealnić po mojemu, a że są przy okazji elementy konwencji, takie jak np. "ludzka" melodia, to sprawa wtórna. Ja nie bawię się np. barokiem, ale bawię się stanem emocjonalnym, energią, która może barokowi towarzyszyć... Nie boję się emocji, bo muzyka to również, czy przede wszystkim emocje! Czyż nie?…

www.hannakulenty.com

Hanna Kulenty at the Getty Museum, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

KULENTY W KALIFORNII - WRZESIEN 2017


Hanna Kulenty wystapi w serii wykladow i jednym koncercie podczas tournee w Kalifornii na jesieni 2017 roku. Program obejmuje - spisany po angielsku:


  • Wednesday, September 20 at 3 p.m.
  • LECTURE for Composition Forum, introduced by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk 
  • Cal State Long Beach 3:15-4:30 in room C-402 in the University Music Center. With Prof. Alan Shockley 

  • Friday September 22 at 11 am
  • LECTURE USC Composers’ Forum. Introduced by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk
  • 11-12:15 Ramo Recital Hall, Thornton School of Music. FREE 

  • Saturday September 23 at 6:30pm
  • GUEST at Krzysztof Zimowski – Violin & Jarosław Gołębiowski – Piano ADORATIONS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO  concert at the Residence of Poland, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

  • Sunday September 24 at 4:30 pm to 6:30
  • GUEST at Village Poets Poetry Reading at Bolton Hall Museum with Cece Peri and Ambika Talwar. FREE

  • Monday September 25 at 6:30 pm
  • GUEST The Zookeeper's Wife: Screening and Q&A with Producers and Screenwriter Laemmle Music Hall - 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

  • Wednesday September 27 at 10 am
  • LECTURER 10am to 10:50am Composers Lecture. Introduced by Maja Trochimczyk.
  • Music Building at Cal State LA, room 120 (on the first floor). With Prof. Sara Graeff.

  • Wednesday  September 27 at 3 p.m.
  • REHEARSAL AND CONCERT from 3pm to 4:30pm researsal from 5 p.m. concert
  • Ramo Recital  Hall Music @ Rush Hour Concert. USC Polish Music Center. FREE.

  • Saturday September 30 at 5 p.m.
  • LECTURE - INTERVIEW with Dr. Maja Trochimczyk
  • Modjeska Club Lecture,  South Pasadena Public Library, 
  • 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030. FREE

  • Monday, October 2 LECTURES AND MASTER CLASSES
  • A Day of Composition Classes at Stanford University with Prof. Jaroslaw Kapuscinski
  • Composer's Forum Lecture at 5 p.m. Introduced by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk. FREE

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Announcing the Publication of "Gorecki in Context: Essays on Music" Edited by Maja Trochimczyk



ISBN  978-1-945938-10-8 (paperback)


ISBN 978-1-945938-11-5 (e-book, E-Pub format)


It took forever, and is not done yet, but the volume of interviews and studies of the music by Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki (1933-2010) is finally getting ready to see the light of day. The project was initiated in 2011, after the composer's death, as a tribute to him, and a way to present a more diverse image of the composer and his work than that presented by his biographer, Adrian Thomas.

The collection of interviews grew to seven texts, from 1962 to 2008, the studies include translations of Polish research and three essays of the editor, Maja Trochimczyk - an overview of his life and music, a study of his concept of "motherhood" and a description of his visit to Los Angeles in 1997. All these aspects were previously either unknown, not available in English, or neglected in Gorecki scholarship. So far, so good. We are waiting for the music publishers to respond with the copyright permissions, at which time the page numbers will be finalized and the book published.

Gorecki "sekunduje" (plays the second fiddle) in goralska kapela for the 50th anniversary
of the Tatra Eagle in New Jersey, September 1997. L to R: Prof. Thaddeus Gromada, Andrzej Bachleda, 
H. M. Gorecki, Jane Kedron. Used by Permission of Thaddeus Gromada

Below, you will find a reprint of the preface by the editor, and the table of contents listing the articles that "made the cut" and will highlight the diverse aspects of Gorecki's music in its Polish context.
Here are more links and pictures: http://chopinwithcherries.blogspot.com/2017/08/summer-with-poetry-and-art.html.  Trochimczyk's poem in his memory was published on the same Chopin with Cherries blog, in 2010: http://chopinwithcherries.blogspot.com/2010/11/gorecki-chopin-and-mountains.html. Excerpts with his interview about Chopin are also posted there.


⦾ GÓRECKI IN CONTEXT: ESSAYS ON MUSIC ⦾  

⦾ PREFACE ⦾

This volume gathers interviews and studies of the music of the Polish composer,  Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933-2010). Contributors include the composer himself – in a series of interviews spanning his entire career, from 1962 to 2008 – as well as leading Górecki scholars from Poland, the U.K., the U.S., and Australia. The collection includes a list of works, music examples, portraits, photographs, and a bibliography. The value of gathering five interviews in one place cannot be overestimated, as these encounters portray the mind of the composer and capture the changing interests that preoccupied him at various stages in his career.

H. M. Gorecki in his studio in Katowice, April 1998.

The project brings together different views at the composer’s oeuvre, highlighting three of the four symphonies, each honored by a separate chapter: the Second Symphony Copernican (Kinga Kiwała), the Third Symphony  The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (Maja Trochimczyk) and the Fourth Symphony Tansman Episodes (Andrzej Wendland). Two studies were contributed by an eminent Polish scholar and Górecki’s long-time personal friend, Prof. Teresa Malecka of Kraków, including an extensive review of the composer’s links to Polish musical traditions, and an overview of his piano music.  The studies are rounded up by an introductory overview of Górecki’s life and career and a case study of his visit to Los Angeles in 1997, when he conducted his Third Symphony for the first time outside of Poland, and made a huge impact on the musical life of California.

As one of the organizers of the 1997 Górecki Autumn Residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and the composer’s personal translator and guide, I had an unusually close contact with the reclusive composer and was able to present his views in two interviews and several articles, with a focus on the Third Symphony.

I hope that this volume will serve to stimulate further research into the life and music of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki whose oeuvre goes well beyond the world-famous maverick of a piece, his Third Symphony, beloved and misinterpreted in equal measure.

Maja Trochimczyk


Jane Kedron, Andrzej Bachleda and Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, October 1997, Los Angeles


⦾   ⦾   ⦾


⦾ CONTENTS ⦾

⦾ Maja Trochimczyk – Introduction

⦾ Luke B. Howard – Why Love Górecki?

⦾ Maja Trochimczyk – Mountains of Grief (Poem)


⦾  ⦾  ⦾

⦾ PART I ⦾

GÓRECKI ON LIFE AND MUSIC

⦾ Chapter 1 ⦾ — Page 3
Conversation with Henryk Górecki: Leon Markiewicz, July 1962  — Translated by Anna Maslowiec

⦾ Chapter 2 ⦾ — Page 12
“I Am Always Myself” – Says Henryk Mikołaj Górecki in Conversation with Mieczysław Kominek (December 1993)  —  translated by Maja Trochimczyk

⦾ Chapter 3 ⦾ — Page 22
 About Life and Music: A Conversation with Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Zakopane, 16 July 1997) — Maja Trochimczyk

⦾ Chapter 4 ⦾ — Page 45
“Composing is a Terribly Personal Matter:” A Conversation with Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (April 1998) —Maja Trochimczyk

⦾ Chapter 5 ⦾ — Page 66
“There’s More to Life than the Arranging of Sounds” – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki in Conversation with Małgorzata and Marcin Gmys

 ⦾ Chapter 6 ⦾ — Page 80
“Music? A Visitor from Another World,” (15 October 2008), Henryk Mikołaj Górecki in Conversation with Małgorzata and Marcin Gmys

⦾ Chapter 7 ⦾ — Page 87
“Music is a Conversation.” Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Talks to Anna Wieczorek and Krzysztof Cyran (29 April 2008) —edited by Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz


⦾ PART II ⦾

ON GÓRECKI’S LIFE AND MUSIC

⦾ Chapter 8 ⦾ — Page 101
Górecki’s Life and Music: A Bird’s Eye View — Maja Trochimczyk

⦾ Chapter 9 ⦾
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 2 Copernican:  Word and Sound and the Sublime — Kinga Kiwała  — Translated by Maja Trochimczyk

⦾ Chapter 10 ⦾
Mothers and Motherhood in Górecki's Third Symphony and Other Works  — Maja Trochimczyk

⦾ Chapter 11 ⦾
Górecki and the Polish Musical Tradition. Wacław of Szamotuły, Chopin, Szymanowski, Polish Folk and Church Music — Teresa Malecka

⦾ Chapter 12 ⦾
Górecki at the Keyboard: The Piano in his Compositional Output — Teresa Malecka

⦾ Chapter 13 ⦾
Górecki in Los Angeles, 1997 — Maja Trochimczyk

⦾ Chapter 14  ⦾
The  Phenomenon and Mystery of Górecki’s Fourth Symphony – Tansman. Epizody” —Andrzej Wendland (translated by Maja Trochimczyk)

⦾  ⦾  ⦾

⦾ Henryk Mikołaj Górecki - List of Works

⦾ Bibliography

⦾ Notes about Contributors

⦾ Index

⦾  ⦾  ⦾

And here's a classic video with Gorecki listening to his Third Symphony with his favorite soprano, Zofia Kijanowicz as the soloist.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Our Author, Marlene Hitt, the Grand Marshall at the Parade and Featured Poet in Montrose, July 22 at 3pm

Marlene and Lloyd Hitt, Grand Marshalls of the Independence Day Parade, 2017

Congratulations to Marlene Hitt, author of Clocks and Water Drops. She was the Grand Marshall of the Independence Day Parade, with her husband Lloyd Hitt, and will be featured on July 22, at 3pm at the Montrose Library.  The reading will present Dorothy Skiles and Marlene Hitt, in a double feature of Village Poets. Montrose Library is located at 2465 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose where the Village Poets reading will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.  Two segments of open mike will also be available for those who wish to read their poems. See you all there!



Marlene Hitt is a Los Angeles poet, writer and retired educator with local history as an avocation. She has served for many years as Archivist, Museum Director and Historian at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. She is a native Californian and a graduate of Occidental College. She also studied at CSUN, USC, UCLA, Glendale College and Trinity College in Ireland. As a member of the Chupa Rosa Writers of Sunland for nearly 30 years, she has worked with this small group of poets from whom has sprung readings at the local library, the Poet Laureate Program of Sunland-Tujunga, and the currently popular Village Poets. Her poetry received several first place prizes in annual competitions of the Women’s Club, San Fernando Valley, and many awards from the John Steven McGroarty Chapter of the California Chaparral Poets. Congressman Adam Schiff declared Marlene Hitt to be the Woman of the Year 2016 and her name was entered into the Congressional Record.


Her work appeared in Psychopoetica (UK), Chupa Rosa Diaries of the Chupa Rosa Writers, Sunland (2001-2003), Glendale College’s Eclipse anthologies, two Moonrise Press anthologies, Chopin With Cherries (2010) and Meditations on Divine Names (2012),Sometimes in the Open, a collection of verse by California Poets Laureate, and The Coiled Serpent, anthology of Los Angeles poets, edited by Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez (2016). She published chapbooks Sad with Cinnamon, Mint Leaves, and Bent Grass (all in 2001), as well as Riddle in the Rain with Dorothy Skiles, a stack of poetry booklets for friends and family, and most recently a critically acclaimed poetry volume, Clocks and Water Drops (Moonrise Press, 2015). 

More information: 


ARRIVAL

Please, come home.
Walk into the door of the kitchen
where stew and wheaten bread
steam, where a fire warms.
Your father will tune the strings,
unwrap the bohdran.
I will uncover the harp.
The stew will simmer.
With hands wiped on my apron
I will open my arms
to you, my firstborn child
so long traveling. Your sisters 
will dance. The old ones will smile
through brown, gapped teeth,
will smile blue into your eyes.
Wrapped around you, the old songs,
the scent of turf fire, the smell
of our own wool and you will sing.
While you sleep
I will wrap around you a woven shawl
to shield you. Please come home
to bleating lambs,
to the resting place of love.


Marlene Hitt, published in Clocks and Water Drops (2015)  


LOVE MENDED

That old threadbare word – love
flows in a fabric patterned
with shades of crimson colors,
whispers of mauve and the yellow of dry sun.
Chopin wove love into the air,
Monet stroked it onto canvas.

That word so often patched
nearly falls apart, its meaning frayed –
until a newborn cries 
or a daughter becomes a bride,
until the lace of fifty years together
fully knits. Love unravels
until a friend perceives and cherishes,
until there is an ear ready to listen, 
a shoulder to cry on. Love is repaired
with the consecration of all the threads.

Then, there is delight in love’s stitching,
the worn word renewed
into the One Love.
Mended.

Marlene Hitt, published in Clocks and Water Drops, 2015


Marlene  and Lloyd Hitt as Grand Marshalls. Photo by Bill Skiles.

Pam Shea, Dorothy Skiles and Joe DeCenzo with Village Poets in the Parade.

Moonrise Press publisher, Maja Trochimczyk, in the 2017 Parade.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Two Versions of Spinoza's Ethics Start a Classic Wisdom Book Series

Benedict Spinoza: Ethics, 292 pages, $20.00

EPub EBook, $8.00 available on lulu.com, BarnesandNoble, Nook, Kobe and other distributors:

Moonrise Press has started a new book series of reprints of classic texts in English translation, entitled Classic Wisdom. The first volume in this series is Benedict Spinoza's Ethics. This is a reprint of a 19th century translation of "Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata" by Benedict de Spinoza (Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677) first published in 1677. The  translation by William Hale White (1831-1913), published in 1883, was prepared for publication by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk.  The book is available in paperback and EPub ebook formats.

The book consists of five parts: I. Of God; II. Of The Nature and Origin of the Mind, III. Of The Origin and Nature of the Affects; IV. Of Human Bondage, or of the Strength of the Affects; And V. Of the Power of the Intellect, or Of Human Liberty.


Born in a Jewish-Portuguese family in Amsterdam in 1621, at 23, Spinoza was expelled from the Jewish community and is buried in a Christian Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague (he died at 44, in 1677). He was neither Jewish nor Christian in his views, and, from today’s perspective may be called one of the early Classics of Awakened Wisdom, aware of the intrinsic unity of the Universe with God, the Source of all.



A WORD OF THE PUBLISHER

The more things change, the more they stay the same. After taking a philosophy class way back in college and not caring one way or another for Spinoza whose geometric way of presenting his philosophical, religious, ethical, ontological and epistemological views did not appeal to me at all, I finally discovered his immensely significant, timeless wisdom and decided to share it by reprinting the Ethics in an 19th-century English translation by William Hale White, in convenient paperback and EBook formats. This is the first in our new reprint series, Classic Wisdom.


This wisdom is evident starting right in the first Part, on God: “PROP. XI. — God or substance consisting of infinite attributes, each one of which expresses eternal and infinite essence necessarily exists. PROP. XV. — Whatever is, is in God, and nothing can either be or be conceived without God.”


Thus, God by virtue of being infinite, cannot be outside of this world (transcendental), God has to be and is immanent, God is in everything that exists. Everything that exists is in God, i.e., Divine. This, of course, is a path straight to the modern understanding of the united Universe, permeated by the creative energy of its Source, the One Divine Being that is all in all. This of course, is not compatible with the dogmas and teachings of any temple or church that separate the One into Many, or cut-off the Divine Spirit from matter. What an amazing revolution, hidden in plain sight! To obfuscate things, Spinoza’s theories have been called “Philosophical Monism,” “Pantheistic” or “Rationalist” and engendering ideas that gave the birth to  Enlightenment.


Born in a Sephardic Jewish-Portuguese community in Amsterdam in 1621 (his ancestors excepted the Inquisition), he was expelled from the Jewish community at 23 years old, and is buried in the courtyard of a Christian Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague (he died at 44 years old in 1677). He was neither Jewish nor Christian in his views, and, from today’s perspective may be called one of the early Classics of Awakened Wisdom: the awakening is to the intrinsic unity of all that exist with God, the immortality of the human spirit, and the primacy of Love over all, Divine Light and Love guiding humans along their individual paths towards awakening, increased awareness and wisdom.


Philosophers love Spinoza for the elegance of his writings and the depth of his logical analysis of theorems and dogmas that he, time after time, proves absurd.  The book consists of five parts: I. Of God; II. Of The Nature and Origin of the Mind, III. Of The Origin and Nature of the Affects; IV. Of Human Bondage, or of the Strength of the Affects; and V. Of the Power of the Intellect, or Of Human Liberty.


Just like the ancient Gnostics, Pythagoras, Plotinus, Hermes Trismegistos ( many who wrote under his name), Giordano Bruno, and, to skip half a millennium, modern deep ecologists (Arne Dekke Eide Næss, and James Lovelock of the Gaia hypothesis), Spinoza found and shared the unified understanding of nature, humanity and divinity that dispels darkness, sorrows and doubts, while crowning the human being with the unperishable Divine Light that exists within. As he said: “The affect of Joy and its offspring increases the perfection of the mind and therefore is good; the affect of Sorrow and its offspring decreases the perfection of the mind and therefore is not good.” Thus, to seek Joy and intellectual Love that unites the seeker with the Divine is the ultimate goal of human life.


This idea reminds casual readers of the recently popular “The Secret” teaching millions about the power of  positive thinking, based on a premise that the “Universe” gives the individual an exact response to what that person thinks or feels like – the haters will be hated back and hurt, the lovers will be loved, the fearful –  scared, and  the joyous will have a lot more to en joy. Who knows how it really works, but there are many things worth doing less than reading Spinoza.


For convenience of those who did not grow up studying Latin, we added Arab numerals to the Propositions and other numbered lists. We also added more paragraph breaks to make the text easier to follow on the page. The  index, due to changed pagination, had to be redone, only the main entries were preserved, and additional items added. Finally, the title was changed to plural, Ethics, not Ethic as White had it, following the original.


Spinoza’s wisdom will reach you if you are patient and read this volume with a discerning mind.


Enjoy!


~ Maja Trochimczyk



Benedict Spinoza, Ethics: An Outline, edited by Maja Trochimczyk
156 pages, $12, paperback

This is an abridged reprint in gender-neutral language of a 19th century translation of "Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata" by Benedict de Spinoza (Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677) first published in 1677. The 1883 translation by William Hale White (1831-1913), was rendered gender-neutral by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk. This second volume of Moonrise Press's Classic Wisdom Book Series, consists of five parts: I. Of God; II. Of the Nature and Origin of the Mind, III. Of the Origin and Nature of the Affects; IV. Of Human Bondage, or of the Strength of the Affects. And V. Of The Power of the Intellect, or Of Human Liberty.

The Editor writes about the purpose of the shortened version as follows:

"For convenience of those who did not grow up studying Latin, we added Arab numerals to the Propositions and other numbered lists. We also added more paragraph breaks to make the text easier to follow on the page. The  index, due to changed pagination, had to be redone, only the main entries were preserved, and additional items added. Finally, the title was changed to plural, Ethics, not Ethic as White had it, following the original. Spinoza’s wisdom will reach you if you are patient and read this volume with a discerning mind. In this abbreviated version, we took out most of the scholastic arguments about the nature and attributes of God, substances, and the like. Instead, we kept all the conclusions and lessons about ethical living, affection, and virtues, because of their practical applications."

"For practical use as a guide to ethical life, the demonstrations and arguments why the Propositions are true are not needed. But it is important to easily number and find them, as well as to be able to read it and apply to a personal life, whether the reader is a man or a woman. In accordance with the principles of gender-neutral language that does not discriminate against women, the use of “man/men” was replaced with “human being,” “person” and “people” throughout. Similarly, since God in Spinoza’s concept is not a male, the pronouns He and His have been replaced throughout by God and God’s respectively. This infinite, eternal Being that is immanent in the Universe is the same Being as that known in Awakened circles as Father-Mother-God, or Source, or the One. The use of just the word “God” is more convenient in this case."

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Moonrise Press Authors, Hitt and Trochimczyk, at Pasadena LitFest, May 21 (3:30) in Zona Rosa Alley



Altadena Poetry Review Presents

Poet Laureates from the 2016 and 2017 Altadena Anthologies will be the Featured Poets on our Pas LitFest panel at the Zona Rosa Alley, next to the Pasadena Playouse, in Pasadena on SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017, from 3:30pm-4:45pm. Five Laureates will present their work:


--Marlene Hitt

--Mary Langer Thompson
--Radomir Vojtech Luza
--Maja Trochimczyk
--Thelma Reyna


 

Pasadena LitFest will be on May 20 and 21, with multiple venues and lots of great poets and writers to hear. Visit the website of the LitFest 2017 for details, check out the schedule, or read the bios of the poets and writers.  Below are instructions for parking:







MARLENE HITT


Marlene Hitt is a Los Angeles poet, writer and retired educator with local history as an avocation. She has served for many years as Archivist, Museum Director and Historian at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. She is a native Californian and a graduate of Occidental College. She also studied at CSUN, USC, UCLA, Glendale College and Trinity College, Ireland. Her work appeared in Psychopoetica (UK), Chupa Rosa Diaries of the Chupa Rosa Writers, Sunland (2001-2003), Glendale College’s Eclipseanthologies, two Moonrise Press anthologies, Chopin with Cherries (2010), Meditations on Divine Names (2012), and Sometimes in the Open, a collection of verse by California Poets Laureate. She published Sad with Cinnamon, Mint Leaves,and Bent Grass (all in 2001), as well as Riddle in the Rain with Dorothy Skiles, and a stack of chapbooks for friends and family.


The first Poet Laureate of Sunland Tujunga (1999-2001), Marlene Hitt was honored as the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Congressman Adam Schiff and her name was entered into a congressional record.





Clocks and Water Drops - Poetry Collection by Marlene Hitt

Published in May 2015. 118 pages.  ISBN 978-0-9819693-5-0, $15.00
This collection of poetry includes 73 poems divided into sections on: Children, Marriages, Portraits, Neighbors, Seasons, Small Things, Passages, and Farewells.  The title captures the poet's fascination with the flow of time, as relentless and powerful as drops of water that can shape rocks and move mountains. 
                                            MARY LANGER THOMPSON, Ed.D.

Mary Langer Thompson’s poems, short stories, and essays appear in various journals and anthologies. She is a contributor to two poetry writing texts, The Working Poet (Autumn Press, 2009) and Women and Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), and was the 2012 Senior Poet Laureate of California. Her first collection of poems, Poems in Water, was published by Green Fuse Poetic Arts of Loveland, Colorado in 2014, and she is working on a second collection entitled “It’s a School Night.” Her children’s book How the Blue-Tongued Skink got his Blue Tongue was recently released by Another Think Coming Press. A retired school principal and former secondary English teacher, Langer Thompson received her Ed.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She continues to enjoy conducting writing workshops for schools, prisons, and in her community of the high desert of California.


THELMA T. REYNA, Ph.D.


Thelma T. Reyna’s books have collectively won eight national literary awards. She has written four books: a short story collection, two poetry chapbooks, and a full-length poetry collection, Rising, Falling, All of Us. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, and regional media for over 25 years. As Poet Laureate in Altadena, 2014-2016, she edited the Altadena Poetry Review Anthology: 2015, as well as the 2016 anthology, which was the Winner in two national book competitions in 2016 (Anthology category). She was selected as a “Top 10 San Gabriel Valley Poet, 2016” by Spectrum Publications. She is also chief editor/publisher at Golden Foothills Press, based in Pasadena. Visit her site at www.GoldenFoothillsPress.com .



MAJA TROCHIMCZYK, Ph.D.




Maja Trochimczyk, Ph.D. (McGill’94), is a poet, music historian, and photographer born in Poland and living in California. She published six  books on music (After Chopin, The Music of Louis Andriessen, Polish Dance in Southern California, A Romantic Century in Polish Music, Frederic Chopin: A Research and Information Guide, and Lutoslawski Legacy), six books of poetry (Miriam’s Iris, 2008; Rose Always, 2011; Slicing the Bread, 2014; The Rainy Bread,2016; and Into Light, 2016) as well as  two anthologies, Chopin with Cherries (2010), andMeditations on Divine Names (2012). She also published 17 book chapters, 26 peer-reviewed articles, and hundreds of essays and poems that appeared in English, Polish, German, French, Chinese, Spanish and Serbian translations. A recipient of ACLS and SSRCC post-doctoral grants, and many honors for the promotion of Polish culture, she taught music history at the University of Southern California and ethics in jail. She recently received the 2016 Creative Arts Prize from the Polish American Historical Association. She serves as Secretary and Communications Director for Polish American Historical Association and was the Sixth Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga in 2010-2012. In 2008, she founded Moonrise Press. More... or visit the website:  www.trochimczyk.net
http://www.moonrisepress.com/into-light-by-maja-trochimczyk.html


Into Light: Poems and Incantations 

This poetry and prayer collection presents 35 poems and 12 "incantations" that focus on the intertwined spiritual concepts of Light and Love. The poems, initially written within the Catholic mystical tradition of contemplation and adoration of the Divine presence, gradually evolved to encompass a broader scope of spiritual insights, without losing the main focus: reaching out in Love to the One Light, the Source of All. The simple and repetitive meditations and incantations are meant to inspire, uplift, and fill the heart with Light and Love.  Available as a Paperback with 82 pages in a standard trade size 6' by 9' (ISBN 978-0-9963981-8-3, $10.00),  as a Full Color Paperback, ISBN9781945938030 ($30.00) and as an E-Book in the EPUB Format, ISBN 978-0-9963981-9-0, $8.00).