During his time in Southern Illinois, William Howard Cohen also published another book of poetry entitled "A House In The Country Poems From Southern Illinois". I have not read this book either and have never been able to find a copy for sale when I have searched for it. Considering that it was published very early in his career, I suspect it will be primarily composed of more traditionally styled poetry much like the poems in "The Hill Way Home...".
Shortly after I met Bill Cohen, he took me to a statewide poetry gathering at Western Kentucky University which was flattering. I had been chosen to travel to a writer's gathering in the company and under the mentorship of an internationally recognized poet. That was a lot for a teenager from Dema, Ky. At that time, it was probably as far as I had ever been away from my home on Beaver Creek. Bill arranged for us to stay in a university guest house and I remember being highly impressed to be in a bedroom with matching, fancy, delicate furniture and wall paper with border added. It was a trip that taught me a lot about both poetry and William Howard Cohen. I enjoyed it greatly. At that meeting, I also met former Kentucky Poet Laureate Joy Bale for the first time.
During his time at Alice Lloyd College, William Howard Cohen would become an outstanding and outspoken advocate against strip mining. He would use some of his spare time to join and to initiate protests at strip mine sites. He would often lie down in front of coal trucks leaving strip mines in an attempt to stop production. When he did this, Bill always carried an American flag and a Bible which he placed on his chest as he lay on his back in the middle of the haul roads. People would ask him if he wasn't afraid of being run over by a coal truck and his answer was always the same: "I know these mountain boys. They might run over a little Jew from Florida but they won't run over the flag and the Bible." It turned out he was always correct in that assessment. During this period, the Louisville Courier Journal featured Bill in a Sunday Magazine article and he was mentioned in several other stories in the paper. It is my belief that his activism against strip mining played a large part in his being fired by Alice Lloyd College. Many of the early graduates and supporters of the college had become wealthy and were involved in the coal industry. There is no doubt such people would have resisted having such a committed advocate of environmentalism on the faculty and their financial support of the institution would have been unlikely. Alice Lloyd College eventually fired William Howard Cohen and he moved on to the Jacksonville, Florida, area. Kentucky lost a fine professor, a better than average poet, and one of the most outstanding advocates for environmentalism in the state at the time. In my opinion, William Howard Cohen was just as important an opponent of strip mining as Preacher Dan Gibson or Widow Ollie Combs who spent Thanksgiving of 1964 in the Knott County Jail because of her opposition to strip mining. William Howard Cohen is a fine example of that group of non-native residents of Appalachia who became heroes for the region.
Here is a link to the obituary of William Howard Cohen which was located and provided by Ray Turner. Thanks, Ray! http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gainesville/obituary.aspx?n=william-howard-cohen&pid=86139485