He 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 Drug's," a show geared toward the youth to help educate them on the dangers of drug & alcohol abuse. The show was produced in association with a North Jersey Police Department and aired for over 3 years. This all came about when the Police Department seen Doc on a weekly Pro-Wrestling TV show "Wrestling Tracks U.S.A." he was CO-Hosting and they contacted him about their idea and after a short meeting, they all agreed and the show was born.
But now, the man known as The Depressed Poet is in a new direction with the up-coming release of 3 new books, "The Happiest Sad Guy In Town, Old Dogs of the Whiskey Pie Trails and That's The Beauty of it All." There is also new poetry being written along with a lyric video series called, THE COFFEE AND PRAYER SERIES. What does coffee have to do with poetry? States Doc, at the ripe old age of 65, Coffee has become my drug of choice these days and when both come together, my personal world is a much better place.
To know Doc Dalton it would be important to understand that all the above existed while being in a life filled with major depression/bi-polar. Dalton 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 which only adds complete craziness to his already unsettled world.
He walked away from two cable shows because of it and a radio show as well. When we say walked away, that's exactly what took place. It just became to much for him mentally and one day he just said, I can't do it anymore, and walked away.
Hospitalized for this on a number of occasions seems to be the so called turning point so to speak when a doctor suggested that he try his hand at poetry. Truthfully states Dalton, I thought the doctor was crazier than I was, but I couldn't leave so I said to my self why not, and that's when it all changed. He started writing and he couldn't stop. He wrote about things that shocked him because many of those new thoughts so to speak were things that 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 when ever 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. Says Doc, I am 100% positive in saying that I truly believe Poetry, saved my life.
When asked about who inspires him the most these days that can trigger him to start writing, a few people come to mind and they would be Americana Roots Artists Ray Wylie Hubbard and Darrel Scott. They write some flat out kick ass words that for me personally, keep my head together at 2 a.m. when I am walking the floors of hell all alone. Another is, Irish poet Pat Ingoldsby who writes some really wonderful stuff. But out of everyone, the kindest person that inspired me and still does even though he is no longer here is my dad, he was a sweet soul, an angel who walked my part of the planet and I was so lucky to have him.
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, you will know quickly by the tears in my eyes. He is gone 24 years and I still talk to him everyday and that includes my 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 that 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. States Dalton, in No Way do I consider myself a great poet, WHY? Because bottom-line is, 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 could 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 at times followed by some dysfunctional but yet, creative writing moments which 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 becomes lost. It's frightening, yet in an off beat way, extremely nice.