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Bill Kerwin

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in Cincinnati, Ohio, The United States
April 07, 1949

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Bill Kerwin grew up in Norwood, Ohio, moved to Columbus in the early '70s for graduate school, and has lived there ever since. He taught English in Catholic high schools for more than thirty years (first at Father Wehrle, then at St. Francis DeSales), but is now retired. He loves to sing--particularly standards and blues, and is currently the lead vocalist with the band BluesSwing. Although he performed--and occasionally published--his poetry in the '90s, and has been a popular Goodreads reviewer for the last ten years, Big Sleep Boogie (2019) is his first published work of fiction.

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Big Sleep Boogie

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Do you shut-ins need something to read during our new "Home Alone" phase? Take advantage of my new Countdown Deal from Kindle! Start on Monday March 16th, my novel "Big Sleep Boogie"--usually $2.99--will go on sale: $.99 until March 19th, $1.99 until March 23rd. Happy reading for all!
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Selected Poems (Poetry)
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Queen's Suite (Poetry)
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Description: A sequence of sixteen lyrics.
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Merry Christmas to you too!


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Bill Kerwin Alissa wrote: "Hey Bill, I just wanted to say hi and thank you for accepting my friend request. And I'm a fan of your reviews, they're usually rather enlightening. Anyway, thanks and have a great evening."

I am happy to have you as a friend.


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Alissa Hey Bill, I just wanted to say hi and thank you for accepting my friend request. And I'm a fan of your reviews, they're usually rather enlightening. Anyway, thanks and have a great evening.


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Stacey Thanks for the friendship! I really liked your thoughts on Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.


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Jason Koivu Really great to meet you at the Goodreads Summit, Bill!


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Arefin Thank you Bill! Just read your review for The Moonstone. Your reviews are great!


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Bill Kerwin Evan wrote: "You haven't read Zuleika Dobson yet? :)"

Nope. But your mention of it in the Sedgwick review reminded me once again that I should.


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Evan You haven't read Zuleika Dobson yet? :)


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Bill Kerwin I could use help, since I think the only two Dutch books I've read are "Homo Ludens" and Van Gogh's "Letters to Theo."

I like mysteries, ghosts, and dark fantasies. Any Dutch suggestions? (Have to be translated into English).


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Puck Hey Bill, thank you for the friend invite! If you ever want to know more about Dutch books, just let me know :)


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Bill Kerwin Ilse wrote: "Thanks a lot for the friend invite, Bill! I love your inspiring reviews and am going to peek further in your very tempting shelves:). Looking forward to future bookish exchanges."

Me too!


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Ilse Thanks a lot for the friend invite, Bill! I love your inspiring reviews and am going to peek further in your very tempting shelves:). Looking forward to future bookish exchanges.


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Ronyell Hey Bill! Thanks for the friend invite! I hope we get to talk about more books together!


Anuradha Hah! yes. As a 40-year old trapped in the body of a 22-year old, I know the origins of the phrase. But I loved the context; it was a wise thing to say. :P

And might I say your reviews are mighty powerful! :D


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Bill Kerwin Anuradha wrote: "Hello Bill! Many thanks for the friendvite. I love seeing how creative people get with answering my challenge question, and your reply was pretty impressive.

I look forward to chatting books with ..."


Impressive, maybe, but not original. It was a "wise old saying" invented by Jackie Vernon, a stand-up comic: a wise saying that seems to say something important, but means absolutely nothing.


Anuradha Hello Bill! Many thanks for the friendvite. I love seeing how creative people get with answering my challenge question, and your reply was pretty impressive.

I look forward to chatting books with you.
Cheers, and hope you have a great weekend! :D


Linda Abhors the New GR Design Thanks for the invite! When I saw that review, I thought, "Wow, someone wrote a book about this!?" I was telling a young college student in Argentina a few years ago, when asked about how people had received Obama: "Well, I voted for him, but wasn't one of those people applauding whenever he blew his nose. My expectations weren't as high as theirs, because I knew he couldn't achieve all he'd promised without the help of the other side. But at the very least, he's got young people voting again-and once again, it's okay for the American president to be smart!"


Marquise Hi, Mr Kerwin!

Thank you for accepting, I'm glad to meet you here. I've been following your reviews for a while, and I hope that from now on we'll have also opportunities to share over books as well. :)


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Rakhi Dalal Thanks for the friend invite,Bill. I enjoyed reading your review of The Book of Disquiet which is also one of my favorites :) Looking forward to more of your updates and reviews.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Hi Bill! Thanks for the friend invite. It looks like you read some very interesting books. Look forward to chatting and seeing your reviews.


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Bill Kerwin Ethan wrote: "I've been reading some of M.R. James ghost stories the past couple of months, absolutely wonderful stuff. I have also grabbed myself a copy of Robert Aickman's collection The Wine-Dark Sea, after r..."

First of all, the Aickman book is great. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Algernon Blackwood, Edith Wharton and E.F.Benson are worth checking out too.


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Lee I've been reading some of M.R. James ghost stories the past couple of months, absolutely wonderful stuff. I have also grabbed myself a copy of Robert Aickman's collection The Wine-Dark Sea, after reading his story The Hospice and being absolutely haunted by it. After reading M.R. James and Aickman, what other ghost stories should I read?


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Anna Kļaviņa Thanks for the friend request! I'm looking forward to chatting books with you.


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Stephen P Thanks Bill!


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7jane Thank you for friending. I've actually lived 1-2 years in Columbus back in late 1970s :)


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Miss M Thanks for the FR, Bill. You have some intriguing bookshelves! :)


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Bill Kerwin Vinnie wrote: "Bill, are you reading this series?
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It strikes me as Relevant to your Interests."


Thanks. It's new to me. Looks interesting.


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Vinnie Tesla Bill, are you reading this series?
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It strikes me as Relevant to your Interests.


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Bill Kerwin Ethan wrote: "Hippocampus Press released his complete poems, which I have been reading through recently. His poems, far better than his prose poems in my opinion, are pretty unique, I find. My impressions is tha..."

I'll keep Smith in mind. I think, though, before I get to the poetry, I'll read some more of his tales.


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Lee Hippocampus Press released his complete poems, which I have been reading through recently. His poems, far better than his prose poems in my opinion, are pretty unique, I find. My impressions is that his poetry is a bit like an amalgam of decadent, romantic and symbolist aesthetics, full of references to classic antiquity and mythology, as well as fantasy themes and cosmic wonder a la Lovecraft. His vocabulary is equally lush and archaic, though still not too hard to follow. In short, its "fantastic" poetry. I absolutely love it. Not every poem is gold (naturally, considering there are three volumes that span the entire life of the poet's output), but his best poems are truly something special, and invoke a sense of wonder in me unlike any poem I've read. Some poems I'd recommend: Nero, Satan Unrepentant, Resurrection, The Kingdom of Shadows, The Castle of Dreams, or the Crucifixion of Eros. I'm sure you can read those online somewhere.


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Bill Kerwin I've read a handful. My memory is that they were a lot like the late Victorians--Wilde, Johnson, Dowson, early Yeats--but creepier and not as good.

How about you? Have you read any? What's you're impression?


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Lee Very informative reviews! Have you read the poems of Clark Ashton Smith by any chance?


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Bill Kerwin Hana wrote: "Gosh Bill, I've loved your reviews forever but I never visited your quote section before. You have some real gems flagged!"


Glad you like them. It's how I like my quotations: mystical, anarchic, and brief!


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Hana Gosh Bill, I've loved your reviews forever but I never visited your quote section before. You have some real gems flagged!


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Seemita Thank you for making the admiration mutual, Bill. I look forward to some wonderful times over books.


Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎ Thank you for the friend invite Bill. I'm looking forward to your updates and reviews


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Bill Kerwin Horrorshow wrote: "Thank you for reading and "liking" so many of the short stories in the writing section of my profile page, Bill. I'm in your debt. I'm really encouraged that a gentleman with your impeccable taste..."

You're welcome. I like your work. I've always enjoyed prose poems, particularly when they are short and disturbing and strive for a certain elegance as well. And yours qualify.


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Bill Kerwin Shayan wrote: "I'm very honored to have as my friend Bill. I very much like your reviews. They're fantastic :)"

Thanks. I look forward to sharing knowledge about books with you.


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Shayan Foroozesh I'm very honored to have you as my friend Bill. I very much like your reviews. They're fantastic :)


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Jibran Thank you for the friend invite, Bill. Great reviews you have there. Looking forward to having bookish discussions with you sir :)


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