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It was all ready to happen, and I had to open myself to it, let it come through and out,” he said.
“Now I have all these voices, the sides of myself, to share, to speak to and for others, to help others move forward.”To continue addressing child abuse in the church or elsewhere, Krapf has planned a book reading in Indianapolis. on Thursday, April 24, at the Indiana Interchurch Center at the corner of Michigan Road and 42nd Street.
But he says the book’s purpose — to help other victims of sexual abuse by giving them a voice — is too important to ignore.“In a sense, I wrote the poems to heal myself, but I knew that I would have to publish them and thus help heal others,” Krapf said.
Three trained counselors will also attend and be willing to speak to any victims or family members of victims, Krapf said. These aren’t pleasant poems, either, I know they will irritate some people,” Krapf said. I believe in the poems, I’ve lived with them for so long.
But what happened to him there has stuck with the former Indiana poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize nominee and is the subject of his 26th book, “Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing.”The book of poems chronicles the sexual abuse Krapf said he endured as a boy serving at the church under Monsignor Othmar Schroeder in the mid-1950s.
Schroeder, who died in 1988, has since been alleged to have sexually violated at least 15 boys during his 27-year tenure at the church he founded.
Krapf, 70, said it was exactly five decades since the abuse when, in 2007, poem after poem about the abuse poured from his pen.“It took me that long to be ready to do it and to want to do it,” said Krapf, who lives in Indianapolis.
“After having pushed everything down in my subconscious for so long, it was amazing the recall I had once I started.