OHIO VALLEY LITERARY AND CULTURAL HISTORY

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James Whitcomb Riley’s “Little Orphant Annie”

October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

James Whitcomb Riley’s “Little Orphant Annie” is one of the Hoosier poet’s most beloved and well-known poems, one which has endured and become part of the folk memory of generations of Americans. “Little Orphant Annie” stands alongside “Out to Old Aunt Mary’s,” “The Ol’ Swimmin’ Hole,” and “When The Frost Is On The Punkin” as…

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John Dos Passos on Eugene Debs: “Lover of Mankind”

October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The novelist John Dos Passos (1896-1970) gave us one of the great fictional treatments of the United States coming of age during the early twentieth century in his trilogy U.S.A., which consists of The 42nd Parallel (1930), 1919 (1932), and The Big Money (1936). The trilogy follows a series of characters through the early years…

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

August 17, 2017 | 3 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. In my part of the midwest–southwestern Ohio– it can start…

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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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Patrick Kerin

PATRICK KERIN

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

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