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 his new book, "Coffee and a Prayer." "Poems and Short Stories of a True Journey of the Heart." He is also writing new poetry and everything falls under THE COFFEE AND PRAYER SERIES. What does coffee have to do with prayer? Doc says, at the ripe old age of being in my mid 60's, coffee has become my drug of choice these days and when both "Coffee and Prayer" come together, my personal world is a much better place to be in.
To know Doc Dalton, it is important to understand that all the above existed while his life was overcome with major depression disorder and Anxiety . 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, I thought the doctor was crazier than I was, but I 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 help also. They write some flat-out kick ass words that help Doc 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 26 years and I still talk to him every day along with mom, another sweet angel, who is gone 24 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 so he can 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."
Writing has become a very important part of Doc's life. To take that a step farther, it doesn't matter to him if it's something that he might publish, show a few friends or if it's personal and just for him. Writing is writing and its relaxing for me states Doc. It takes me to places within my mind that I might not ever imagined going to, and when all is said and done, it's a personal type of therapy that seems to work for me and that's what counts in the end.
It's not about publishing a book to the masses that makes it all worth-wild say's Doc. It's about being 100% honest within those writings that truly count the most. It's not about being the best writer in the world because I am not. But it can also show people that in this day and age, you can do it and be happy with yourself for doing it. Say's Doc, would you rather have someone write 100% perfectly, but Bull Shit you all the way through the story or someone who is 100% honest with you but yet, maybe isn't all that perfect in the way they write. If I had to describe myself, I would say, I am that guy who stumbles through his words, so he can make it through his day's. It helps me push the depression back just a bit and smile. So for me, not being perfect, is perfectly OK.
I don't hide anything claims Doc. I am 100% up-front and honest about my writings and tell people that I am not here to be that perfect writer. I say that here on my website and other places as well. I let them know who I am and what this is all about. Truthfully, I don't want to be perfect, but I do want to be honest in what I say. I want folks to understand that my words come straight from my heart. Take note, let everyone else be perfect says Doc, I have been knocked out from depression for a long time and poetry and writing has saved my ass over and over again and when all is said and done, even if I don't seem like it, I am happy just being me because it took me a long time to get to this point in my life. I always knew I would one day get older " meaning 66." I just thought it would take me a hell of a lot longer to get here. So now that I am here, I plan on hanging out in my so-called, Place of Grace and be safe and at peace. Feel free to join me if you would like, but just make sure to bring me a good cup of coffee, that's all I ask. Milk, Extra Light and No Sugar. I would appreciate it
In Late 2020/Early 2021. there will be the release of a New Book written by Doc Dalton.
This book will be a combination of Poems and Short Stories. The title of the book is,
"Coffee and a Prayer"
will be published under
The Coffee and Prayer Series.