Doc or as his friends call him, Pop's, is the former host of the weekly radio show, Outlaws 4 Christ Radio and was also the host of the children's cable show, "Body-Slam On Drugs", that was geared toward educating kids about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. The show was produced in association with a North Jersey Police Department and aired for over three years. This all came about when the Police Department saw Doc co-hosting a weekly Pro-Wrestling TV show, "Wrestling Tracks U.S.A." They contacted him about their idea and after a short meeting, they all agreed and the show was born.
Now, the man known as The Depressed Poet is going in a new direction with the up-coming release of three new books, "It's a God Thing", "The Happiest Sad Guy In Town" and "That's The Beauty of it All". He is also writing new poetry being and everything falls under THE COFFEE AND PRAYER SERIES. What does coffee have to do with poetry? Doc says that at the ripe old age of 65, coffee has become his drug of choice and when both come together, his personal world is a much better place.
To know Doc Dalton, it is important to understand that all the above existed while his life was overcome with major depression/bi-polar disorder. Doc has lived with and hid this at times for well over 25 years. If that's not enough, he also has a disease called sarcodosis that has affected him for the last 12 years and adds complete craziness to his already unsettled world.
He walked away from two cable shows and a radio show because of it. It just became too much for him mentally and one day he just said he couldn't do it anymore, and he literally walked away.
Being hospitalized for this on a number of occasions became his turning point, so to speak, when a doctor suggested that he try his hand at poetry. Truthfully, Doc says he thought the doctor was crazier than he was, but he couldn't leave and thought why not? That's when it all changed. He started writing and he couldn't stop. He wrote about things that shocked him because many of his new thoughts were things he never thought of before.
He started writing a lot of what he calls God Poetry and was amazed at his feelings, but even more amazed because whenever he wrote, it was as if his mind was able to block everything else out and that gave him moments of peace from a world that was truly destroying him. Doc is 100% positive in saying that he truly believes poetry saved his life.
Americana Roots artists Ray Wylie Hubbard and Darrel Scott. They write some flat-out kick ass words that help him keep his head together at 2 a.m. when he's walking the floors alone. Another is Irish poet Pat Ingoldsby who writes some really great words. But out of everyone, he says the kindest person that inspired him and still does even though he is no longer here is his dad.
He was a sweet soul, an angel who walked the planet and he feels so lucky to have had him in his life.
Doc says, "I just can't seem to write about him, and I think the reason for that is he was just a gentle, kind spirit that you just can't seem to put down on paper. Want to know about him, come speak to me, and you will quickly understand by the tears in my eyes. He is gone 24 years and I still talk to him every day and that mom, another sweet angel, who is gone 22 years. Two sweet souls who took me in when they didn't have to I am adopted and they were old enough to have been my grandparents and they became everything to me. Everything I could only dream of becoming to my very own daughter and now my granddaughter. Let me say this, if those two sweet angels aren't sitting in heaven, then my ass doesn't want to go."
When asked about his poetry and what type of poet he considers himself to be, the answer is always the same. Doc in no way considers himself a great poet, WHY? Because bottom-line is, he says, "I am just not. In no way do I even consider myself a good poet. WHY? Because bottom-line again is, I am just not. What I am, is just some guy who stumbles through his words to make it through his days. If there was no poetry, I promise you, there would be no Doc Dalton. But thank God for the friends in my head because we have some great conversations followed by some dysfunctional yet creative writing moments that are always followed by a few laughs along the way. As strange as this might sound, in some magical way, we all keep our inner selves together when it seems like all the magic and laughter somehow become lost. It's frightening, yet in an offbeat way, extremely nice."