OHIO VALLEY LITERARY AND CULTURAL HISTORY

WITH OCCASIONAL VENTURES INTO THE GREATER MIDWEST AND UPPER SOUTH

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“Summer” From Sherwood Anderson’s “Home Town”

August 17, 2017 | 2 Comments

Summertime. The good ol’ summertime. Time for vacation, barbecues, long hours by the water. Corn on the cob and homegrown tomatoes, hot dogs and hamburgers, root beer and iced tea. The sounds of lawnmowers, kids splashing in the pool, a crowd at a baseball game. Heat and humidity, mosquitoes and sunburns, chlorine and sunscreen. Long,…

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The Waters of Mortality: James Whitcomb Riley’s “The Old Swimmin’-Hole”

August 6, 2017 | 6 Comments

Brandywine Creek flows leisurely through Indiana’s Shelby, Hancock and Franklin Counties. It is a tributary of the Big Blue River, whose waters successively empty into the Driftwood, White and Wabash rivers, part of the great, interlaced network of waterways draining into the Ohio and then the Mississippi, bound for the Gulf of Mexico. In Greenfield,…

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The James Whitcomb Riley Home in Greenfield, Indiana

July 5, 2017 | 2 Comments

As a child, the poet James Whitcomb Riley liked to watch the westward bound wagons, stagecoaches and carriages as they moved along the National Road past his home. He’s still doing it today. The horse-drawn vehicles have been replaced with pickup trucks, SUV’s and cars, but he still sits watching them. The Riley who watches…

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Congratulations, Graduate: Ernest Hemingway, Class of ’17

June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ernest Hemingway… What comes to mind when you hear the name? The famous author big-game hunting on the African savannah? The young aspiring writer in a Paris cafe, drinking cafe au lait and rum and writing about Michigan? The war correspondent on the front lines in the Spanish Civil War, or traveling with the U.S.…

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Patrick Kerin

PATRICK KERIN

I am a poet, writer, and teacher in Cincinnati, OH.

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