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The past often turns up in Krapf's poems, but not in a nostalgic way. The poet does not nostalgically pine for or color the past because it is so lively in his memory anyway. That a 'shopping mall and a big/black parking lot' have replaced the packed-dirt basketball court of the poet's youth is not cause for sorrow or regret because when he sees this, the poet hears in his mind 'that leather swish/inside a cord net like the sound/of an angel landing in heaven.' [from 'Barnyard Hoops'] The poet has memories which nothing can take away from him. But these do not pale the immediate or remove the poet from it. Rather, they give fullness and a wide emotional expanse to the present; as when in 'Going to Church' two elderly widowers smile and move with a grace that 'says ladies they love/are going to church, too.' Throughout his life, Krapf has retained his connection to his German ancestry in various ways. This is seen in this volume with black-and-white photographs by the German photographer Andreas Riedel at the beginning of each of the four sections.