OHIO VALLEY LITERARY AND CULTURAL HISTORY

WITH OCCASIONAL VENTURES INTO THE GREATER MIDWEST AND UPPER SOUTH

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When Buddy Toured The Heartland

February 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

February 1, 2016. Traffic rumbles past the enormous brick bulk of The Cincinnati Gardens on Seymour Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio. Three bas-relief sculptures depicting a basketball player, a hockey player and a boxer rise from the exterior brick walls on either side of the main entrance. Several high school boys carrying hockey sticks and large…

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ADDITIONAL WRITINGS

Toni Morrison’s “Remember: The Journey to School Integration.”

January 17, 2017 | 2 Comments

Not long ago I was in a local library’s children section and I came upon Toni Morrison’s 2004 children’s book Remember: The Journey To School Integration. I wasn’t aware of this book by Toni Morrison. Remember is the story of school integration geared towards younger readers and told through photos and text. In the text…

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1916: Some Books From A Century Ago

January 1, 2017 | 2 Comments

As the year winds down I thought I’d take a look at some well-known books from a century ago: 1916. This list examines some works by important Midwestern writers, both fiction and nonfiction, and includes works by other authors from both the U.S. and overseas. I’ll start out here with a little background on the…

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In Autumn, In Ohio, Long Ago: Walt Whitman’s “Come Up From The Fields Father”

November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

I was leafing through the “Drum-Taps” section of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass a few years ago and reread many of the poems in this section, including “Come Up From The Fields Father.” As had happened many times before, I was moved by the compassion and tenderness that is present throughout this section of Whitman’s…

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Patrick Kerin

PATRICK KERIN

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

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