OHIO VALLEY LITERARY AND CULTURAL HISTORY

WITH OCCASIONAL VENTURES INTO THE GREATER MIDWEST AND UPPER SOUTH

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“Spring” from Sherwood Anderson’s “Home Town”

May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sherwood Anderson published a book called Home Town shortly before departing for Latin America in March of 1941 to write articles for Reader’s Digest about Latin American nations and people. He was also traveling as a kind of unofficial goodwill ambassador for the U.S. State Department as the threat of war intensified for the United States. It…

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“Faithful to our God and Our Cause:” Ohio Soldiers Celebrate Passover, 1862

April 14, 2017 | 2 Comments

On a spring night in West Virginia, twenty Union soldiers gathered in a log hut. Before them were cooked lamb and chicken, eggs, barrels of cider, strands of some bitter herb and stacks of matzos, the unleavened flatbread of Jewish tradition. These twenty men were Jewish soldiers of the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry gathered together…

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Stage Irish: Ernest Ball of Cleveland, Ohio and His “Irish” Songs

March 23, 2017 | 4 Comments

It begins with a swelling orchestra that evokes a dramatic landscape suddenly coming into view, like a grand vista beheld from a mountain summit, and then come these words: “Tis a dear old land of leprechauns and wondrous wishing wells and nowhere else on God’s green earth are there such lakes and dells. No wonder…

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When Buddy Toured The Heartland

February 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

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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Patrick Kerin

PATRICK KERIN

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

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