101 poems by Norbert Krapf
58 photos by Richard Fields

Paperback: ca. 234 pages
5.25 x 8.75
Indiana University Press  
Quarry Books Series, 8/13/2012

ISBN 978-0-253-00632-5
Price: $24.00
Ebook  eISBN 978-0-253-00636-3

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Table of Contents

 Songs in Sepial
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Gert Niers review in Yearbook of German-American Studies.

Songs in Sepia and Black and White from Indiana University Press is Norbert Krapf’s twenty-fourth book and ninth full-length poetry collection.

A collaboration born of a shared love of music, photography, poetry, and Indiana, this book celebrates the history, literature, and art that informs the present and shapes our identity. Richard Fields’s black and white and sepia photos are evocative imaginings of Norbert Krapf’s poems, visual metaphors that extend and deepen their vision. Krapf’s poems pay tribute to poets from Homer and Virgil to Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Wendell Berry, and to singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and John Lennon. They also explore the poet’s Indiana German heritage, question ethnic prejudice and social conflict, and praise the natural world. The book includes a cycle of 15 poems about Bob Dylan; a public poem written in response to 9/11, “Prayer to Walt Whitman at Ground Zero; "Back Home" a poem reproduced in a stained glass panel at the Indianapolis airport; and  ruminations on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall,“Questions on a Wall.”

Praise for Songs in Sepia & Black and White

Songs in Sepia and Black and White is about the influences that make us; in these 101 poems Norbert Krapf explores the richness of his ancestry, from the memory of his parents to his abiding, formative love for Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Bob Dylan and other figures.  The lyrics are elegant and spare, meditative and melodic, reminding us of the ancient intertwinement of poetry and song.  A book to treasure--and a book that confirms Krapf's status as one of America 's finest living poets. 

Benjamin Hedin, Editor, Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader

Norbert Krapf has a natural gift for bringing you into his world and making it your world as well, whenever he reads his poems. As a musician, it is always a joy to accompany his words,  and just as much of a pleasure to sit quietly with any of his collections and join him in all the  the travels and places in the heart that his poetry takes us to. Songs in Sepia and Black and White is a collection that you will want to take with you wherever you travel, even if only to the next room.  Norbert Krapf's poetry makes you want to celebrate your own family history, your own roots and the beauty that surrounds us all. 

David Amram,  composer, multi-instrumentalist, author

Pursuing a tri-fold creative concept that unites poetry, art in the form of photography, and music is certainly not a light challenge. Norbert Krapf has mastered it with remarkable virtuosity and once again reinforced his reputation as the pre-eminent German-American poet of the English language.

Gert Niers, from a review in Yearbook of German-American Studies. Full review.

Harking to old family portraits and Fields' tactile and moody photos, these songs are visual as well. They show and tell of a life widely ranging across Americana yet never uprooted from the Southern Indiana woods of the poet's boyhood and the German centuries in his blood. "You can get to the universal by starting with where you are," {Krapf] says. "They (the makers of songs) liberated me to do that."
Dan Carpenter, “Singing Above the Noise,” Indianapolis Star, 23 Sept. 2012

Pairings of Poems and Photos by Richard Fields

Monon Memories
Dogwoods and Rosebuds for Rita
The Family Farm
The Mayberry Cafe
The Fiddler

Links to Poem Texts
Songs in Sepia and Black and White
The Kaiser and the Little Girl’s Tongue
The Come Home from the Flood Telegram
Basho’s Waters
Walt Whitman on the South Shore
The Float Forever Held
Saying Patoka
Moon of Falling Leaves

Contemporary American Voices Website
Girl of the Hill Country
The Day John Lennon

Valparaiso Poetry Review
Goodnight, Irene

Links to Poems Performed with Musical Backing

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Video with Musical Backing by Tim Grimm and Bobbie Lancaster
Girl of the Hill Country

IU Press podcasts of Sepia poems

Collaboration with Gordon Bonham:
The Voice
Pig Belly Blues
Goodnight, Irene
Woody Guthrie’s Guitar machine
Hoosier Dylan
Caveat Emptor/Buyer Beware
Etheridge Knight’s Blues
Baby Blue

Collaboration with Monika Herzig Trio:
Come with Me
The Night the Guitarist Broke Loose
Girl of the Hill Country
The Day John Lennon