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Norbert Krapf held back the flood of memories and emotion for 50 years. But when the dam burst, more than 300 poems came gushing forth in a year for the former Indiana poet laureate.

Krapf, a Catholic priest’s sex abuse victim in the 1950s, will speak about and read from his book, “Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing,” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Red Room of the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. Krapf will read from the poems in the book in four voices (the boy, the man, the priest and Mr. Blues, an adviser and healer), participate in a question-and-answer session and sit for a book-signing.

Lynn Pittman, a social worker and child abuse prevention coordinator, and Raina Jones from Columbus’ Family Service Inc. will be present as local resources. Viewpoint Books will have copies of the book for sale.

Krapf recently received the Indiana Authors Award as the best regional author. Besides writing, he sings blues around Indiana.


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