Songs in Sepia and Black and White

Songs in Sepia and Black and White

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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 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 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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 132.08 x 220.98 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 58 b&w illus
  • 0253006325
  • 9780253006325

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"Section III of this volume features under the title "Practically with the Band" a cycle that pays tribute to the great Midwestern singer-songwriter Bob Dylan who provides a model for reuniting poetry and music. The book title for the entire collection very appropriately reflects all three artistic genres of this volume: music, pictorial art (photography), and language as the medium of poetry." -Gert Niers, poet and critic, German Life "Some of Krapf's poetry is breathtakingly moving. Most of it is very insightful.... The way he joins history and emotion is wonderful. You feel a connection to his heritage, as though you were walking through the woods with his father or being affronted as well by changes in a place you thought you knew." -Englewood Review of Books "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 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 "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 of Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader "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." -Yearbook of German-American Studies Krapf is a mature poet at the height of his power. I held back a bit in my praise of it in my report. I think it has great poetntial to be both a beautiful book and commercially successful.Joe Bruchac, author of multiple poetry booksshow more

About Norbert Krapf

Norbert Krapf, Indiana Poet Laureate (2008-2010), is Emeritus Professor of English at Long Island University. He is author (with Darryl D. Jones) of Invisible Presence (IUP, 2006) and author (with David Pierini) of Bloodroot (IUP, 2008). Richard Fields was Chief Photographer for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Photo Editor for Outdoor Indiana Magazine from 1985 to 2008, and most recently, a photographer at DePauw University. He is author (with Hank Hoffman) of Indiana from the Air (IUP, 1996) and a photographic contributor to The Natural Heritage of Indiana (IUP, 1997).show more

Table of contents

ContentsI. Songs in Sepia and Black and WhiteSongs in Sepia and Black and WhiteThe Kaiser and the Little Girl's TongueThe Come Home from the Flood TelegramThe Boy in the SaloonThe Boy and the Flying SquirrelsWalking to SchoolFalling ShadowsVirgil in Hill CountryYoung Hunter's PrayerWoods Time OrchardsChristmas Paper Mountain DriftsA Child's IntuitionFieldstoneBoy KnivesThe Mayberry Cafe Casey's QuestionWhite KnucklesMonon Memories The Beatles CutThe Barbed Wire Tattoo Dogwoods and Rosebuds for Rita The Old AmericaII. A Blank Piece of PaperA Blank Piece of PaperBrother Antoninus/William Everson at Notre Dame, 1965Basho's JourneyA Hoosier Song of Walt WhitmanThe Family Farm: For Wendell Berry The Campfire PoetsEmily Dickinson's SongMoving in with EmilyEmily Dickinson's TravelsSong for Gabriela MistralBasho's WatersWalt Whitman on the South ShoreLooking for Walt Whitman on CampusMockingbird MemoryPrayer to Walt Whitman at Ground ZeroBlueberries and Buttermilk: For William StaffordLeaves United for Etheridge Knight at Crown Hill CemeteryRumi for BreakfastRumi's Mysterious RaysThe Mad UnderlinerCaveat EmptorMulberry BluesA Word StoryIII. Practically with the BandThe Fiddler Goodnight, IreneI'm Practically with the BandWoody Guthrie's Guitar MachineOklahoma Poem Beginning and Ending with Woody GuthrieListening to Live MusicSong for Bobbie DArlo and Bob Go FishingSong for Bob DylanGirl of the Hill CountryMy Bob Dylan DreamsThe Franconian Tambourine MenHoosier DylanSong of the Blue-Eyed SonThe VoiceThis Time `Round The GiftTambourine Man in Hell's KitchenLetter to Bob Dylan with One Eye ClosedThe Day John LennonPig Belly BluesSweet Home IndianapolisJennie's SongJack's Song Someone Who Misses New OrleansThe Night the Guitarist Broke LooseIV. Moon of Falling LeavesBavarian BlueEberhard Reichmann at Peter's GateFire in a Horse TroughQuestions on a WallPatoka VisionsThe Diner Was GoneBlind Man, Blind ManThe County Historian and the Town DrunkJack the RipperMaybe I Knew HimMissing the TurnThe Screech Owl's CallBeneath the StonesEating Your ShadowPromethean Prayer: To a Hawk Dream While My Son Is in the HospitalWhat She LikedWhat RemainsWild OnionsCome with MeSchramm WoodsBack in IndianaDowntown Indy Freight TrainsDriftingThe Easter Stone SpeaksThe Float Forever HeldEnd of the PathSaying PatokaMoon of Falling Leaves List of Photography Creditsshow more

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