Matthew Fox & Norbert Krapf: Catholic Boy Blues
A Joint Presentation, 26 March, 7 PM, Fairfield Friends Meeting
Internationally renowned Creation Spirituality theologian Matthew Fox,
in his introduction to
former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf’
s new Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing
, says: “This deep journey into the dark night of the abused soul can prevent further death and lift some of the misery of the horrible experience of child abuse… It will rank, along with the work of John of the Cross, as a truthful telling of what a dark night means.”
For the first time ever, Matthew and Norbert will appear together to present Norbert’s groundbreaking eleventh collection. Matthew will talk about creation spirituality in the new book, about which Archbishop Tobin of Indianapolis has said, in The Criterion: “A reading of Catholic Boy Blues permits one to glimpse the incredible pain of victims of sexual abuse. Yet the spirit of Norbert Krapf emerges from this terrible crucible to offer a testimony to the power of God to bring light out of darkness and, finally, life from death.”
Norbert will then read poems, in the four voices that speak in the new collection, the boy, the man, the priest, and Mr. Blues, an earthy and compassionate counselor and choric figure. A discussion will follow, books by both authors will be for sale, and a signing and reception will conclude the evening.
This event will take place on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Fairfield Friends Meeting House, 10441 E County Rd 700 S, Camby, Indiana 46113, two miles south of the Indianapolis Airport. The suggested contribution is $10; all are welcome!
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Matthew Fox has been instrumental as a teacher and scholar in the revival of Western mysticism. His thirty books include Original Blessing, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic Warrior for Our Time, Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Time, Sheer Joy: Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality, and Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth. He started the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, where he was president for nine years. He lectures, teaches, writes, and serves as president of the nonprofit he created in 1984, Friends of Creation Spirituality. He lives in Oakland.
Norbert Krapf, Indiana Poet Laureate 2008-10, a Creative Renewal Fellow 2011-12 (Indianapolis Arts Council), winner of the Glick Indiana Author Award 2014 and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, is emeritus prof. of English at Long Island Univ. and the author of eleven poetry collections, including 3 from Indiana Univ. Press, Invisible Presence, Bloodroot: Indiana Poems, and Songs in Sepia and Black and White. He has released a poetry and jazz CD, Imagine, with pianist Monika Herzig and collaborates with bluesman Gordon Bonham to combine poetry and blues.
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