William M. Hinman was a life-long educator and poet, alive during the turn of the 20th century. But until now, the only people who had the privilege of listening to his poems were his friends and relatives.
Tommy Hawks Hill, a compilation of Hinman's poetry edited by his great-great-grandson Robert Todd Christensen, offers 21st-century listeners the opportunity to see the late 1800s and early 1900s through new eyes. Experience moments both extraordinary and mundane as the poet offers glimpses into his everyday life during this momentous time in history.
Some poems are more overtly historic, covering topics such as the 1939 World's Fair in New York, the introduction of the automobile, and the wars that shook the world. This book, however, offers an additional, unique view of the past in that the poet also shares moments from his everyday life, family relationships, school experiences, and community events in small-town America.
Throughout the book, listeners will hear the words of patriotism that helped define the average American's life during this time, as well as a strong sense of community and dedication to family. A breath of fresh air, Tommy Hawks Hill doesn't make light of harsh realities, but it does approach them with honesty and hope.
What did you love best about Tommy Hawks Hill?
I felt like I was living life in the purest form. Quality time with family, friends, and a renewed appreciation for what really matters in life.
What did you like best about this story?
I simply loved how William Hinman reflects on his youthful days gone by, his love for his wife- who died at an early age, and his passion for his students and fellow teachers. A man who dedicated his entire self for others.
Which character – as performed by Jeff Hoyt – was your favorite?
My favorite poem is "My Dog". This will simply make you cry.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I found the era of the German invasion across Europe and how our nation was called to DEFENSE stirred the inner spirit of Americanism within me.
Any additional comments?
Jeff Hoyt did an amazing performance bringing this moment in time to life. I know I will listen over, and over, and over again.