Norbert Krapf’s Sweet Sister Moon is luxuriant with the grace of the feminine spirit, in the natural world, in history, in art and music, and in memory. These sixty-seven lyric and expansive poems, including two cycles with thirteen and nineteen sections, encompass that spirit at every turn. The book is divided into seven sections: The Figure in the Landscape; Woman in a Lavender Field; The Sister in the Circle; Daughters; Full Moon over Central Indiana; Her Circle; Songs of Helga: After Andrew Wyeth. In the words of poet and memoirist Colette Inez, “In a deftly orchestrated collection of mixed voices, down-home sensual, jazzy, elegant and spare, Norbert Krapf blesses the women in his life: mother, wife, daughter, singers, sisters, familial and social…Folk song echoes reverberate in this book composed in the American grain and offering a loving world that marks a new range in this well-praised poet’s career.”
Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf is a native of Jasper, Indiana, a German community. He received his B.A. from St. Joseph College (Indiana) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame. After thirty-four years of teaching at Long Island University, where he directed the C.W. Post Poetry Center, he moved with his family to Indianapolis in 2004.
Since then he has published the poetry collections Looking for God’s Country (Time Being Books, 2005); Invisible Presence: A Walk through Indiana in Photographs and Poems (Indiana Univ. Pr., 2006), with Darryl Jones; Bloodroot: Indiana Poems (Indiana Univ. Pr., 2008), with b/w photographs by David Pierini; a prose memoir The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood (Indiana Historical Society Pr., 2008), with 74 period photographs; and a CD with jazz pianist and composer Monika Herzig, Imagine - Indiana in Music and Words (Acme Records, 2007).
Krapf received the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and serves on the board of Etheridge Knight, Inc., which brings the arts to those traditionally underserved. As IPL, he has a special interest in reuniting poetry and music, and he is working with The Cabaret at the Connoisseur Room in Indianapolis to accomplish that goal. For more details, go to www.krapfpoetry.com.