Sweet Sister Moon
WordTech Editions
272 pages, 7 sections

67 poems, incl. 2 longer cycles

ISBN
9781934999622
$20
Pub. date: 1 Aug. 2009
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Cover art by Ashley Verkamp

 

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.”



Online links to poems in Sweet Sister Moon
Still Dark, Valparaiso Poetry Review
Baby Blue, Contemporary American Voices
Arboretum Naming Song


Women Authors on Sweet Sister Moon


“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, old flames, singers, sisters, familial and social. A touching meditation on the brief presence of an unborn sister explores the mystery of creation. Krapf is mindful of feminine curves in the body of the land, Daphne, and goddesses of nature. Poets are summoned: Walt Whitman and his fictive daughters, Emily Dickinson, whose baked bread leaves us with its fresh aura. So, too, does the poet’s tribute to painter Andrew Wyeth in the stately ‘Helga Songs.’ On the other side of the country, a Diné woman (Navajo) glows in an ambitious sequence celebrating native rites. Turned to more playful cadences, jazz greats pull out their stops; Bessie Smith, Billie, Ma Rainey and Cassandra singing ‘a mean country heartbreak.’ 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.”

           —Colette Inez             

Sweet Sister Moon, a courageous exploration of women’s lives, does what only great poetry can do. It gifts the reader with new sight, transforming the ordinary into something exquisite, precious, worthy of honor. This book is a timely contribution to the struggle to heal a culture that has marginalized women’s experiences.”

             —Demetria Martinez

“In these poems, Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf celebrates the universal feminine in the particular: in the stunningly observed paintings of Helga by Andrew Wyeth and in his own love for wife and daughter, for music and friends, and for the rolling hills of the Midwestern landscape.”

   —Susan Neville

 

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.

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