OHIO VALLEY LITERARY AND CULTURAL HISTORY

WITH OCCASIONAL VENTURES INTO THE GREATER MIDWEST AND UPPER SOUTH

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Going Home To Winesburg: Sherwood Anderson’s Clyde, Ohio

September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

A woman, yearning for the lover who left years ago, sheds her clothes one night and walks in the rain. A man living alone, near the ravine at the edge of town, fears the expressive power of his own hands. A bearded minister, seen by many as a mighty man of God, smashes his fist…

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Rodger Young and the Mystery of the “Common Man”

July 13, 2016 | 4 Comments
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In the McPherson Cemetery in Clyde, Ohio, Rodger Young’s grave is a humble kind of space when measured against the monuments to two other military heroes on the same ground. At the cemetery’s entrance is an imposing monument to General James McPherson, the second highest-ranking Union officer killed during the Civil War. A statue of…

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William Inge: Small Town America On Stage

May 3, 2016 | 3 Comments
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in "Splendor In The Grass."

The name William Inge probably isn’t recognizable to many, but serious classic movie buffs—the kind of folks who log long hours watching movies on TCM or AMC—are probably familiar with movies based on his plays. Inge was one of the most popular and successful American playwrights of the 1950s, and four of his plays were…

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America’s Most Famous “Football Poem”: James Wright’s “Autumn Begins In Martin’s Ferry, Ohio”

March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It begins in August, in the dog days of summer, when the scent of cut grass, blistered from lack of rain, hovers in the air. Weeks before the school doors open for a new year, the football players are at school, early in the morning, dressing silently in their gear for the first of the…

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Patrick Kerin

PATRICK KERIN

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

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