Introducing Daryl P. Hall
Daryl P. Hall was born in 1963 in the historic city of Worcester, United Kingdom. He always had a love for words, especially the written word; as a youngster he devoured books. He started writing poetry and lyrics in his mid-teens, as an expression of his sensitive soul. He kept this pursuit very much to himself for many years.
Since becoming confident in his craft, Daryl has had his words used in songs, several of which have been recorded. Notably, a Christmas Carol he wrote the words for which was recorded and sung in English by the Kiev Chamber Choir. He has now expanded his repertoire to include poetry, which has become a passion; this book being the first printed volume of poetry.
Interview – Book: Lifelines for the Soul
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Daryl P. Hall, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Daryl: It’s my pleasure and privilege, I’m looking forward to it.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Daryl: I was born in the beautifully historic city of Worcester in the United Kingdom, in 1963. I attended school until the age of 16. Sadly, school didn’t really inspire me at all and I couldn’t wait to leave an establishment and system that never helped or encouraged me to grow in any particular area. This decision to leave and not continue in full time education, such as college or university, didn’t affect my chances of finding a job. Although medically retired now, I worked in the construction industry for many years. I have been happily married for 25 years and have a 23 year old daughter.
Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.
Daryl: I think the fact that I loved reading as a child was instrumental in beginning my love affair with the written word. As a teenager, I was very interested in music and spent hours in my bedroom writing out the words to my favourite songs, and ruining many tape cassettes in the process. When I got an acoustic guitar, I found myself wanting to write my own words and I found this process to be an easy one. I was a big fan of writers like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen – very poetic, lyrical writers who managed to write great narratives in fresh ways. I always had the yearning to share my words with others and began writing humorous, bespoke poems for people, so for me the transition to writing poetry has been a very gradual and smooth one.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Daryl: I write to challenge people’s viewpoints on things. I have never wanted to stick to the status quo. Too many poets write on love, a very noble subject, but to me there is so much more to write about. I have always admired the way Donna Sanders tackles political issues in a thought provoking way and she is someone I definitely aspire to be like. I don’t want to write to be safe. For me, the most important thing in whatever subject I’m writing about, is to have hope or redemption running through it. There is so much negativity in the world which I appreciate is a pretty good reflection of society today, but I believe as a poet I have the power within my words to offer an alternative view to that.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Daryl: My inspiration can come from many varied sources. My wife has inspired many a poem, she’ll often say “Why not write a song or poem on this particular subject?” Through conversations with her, she’ll encourage me to think out of the box and approach a piece from a different angle. I am also inspired by beautiful quotes and memes that I see. The quotes that resonate I record in a notepad. These are often used as springboards, rather than used verbatim.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Daryl: The hardest part for me was the editing process. I found it very stressful. I found myself becoming almost parental towards my babies (my poems). To me, as an artist, every word I included was there for a reason. Having to adjust some of the poems to fit into book format was a real challenge.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Daryl: The easiest thing for me was having the luxury of having an extensive cannon of work to choose from. The fruit of many years of honing my craft.
Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?
Daryl: I did learn, that I have to be more tolerant and not take everything as a personal attack. Above all, I learnt to have confidence in my work, which hasn’t always been the case.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Daryl: Yes, a writer has a huge responsibility. Firstly to document the world around them in all its fullness. To write about the issues that affect them, to write work that is full of passion. To write poetry that isn’t riddled with expletives. To me, that is lazy and not passionate and I’d much rather spend extra time scouring my dictionary or thesaurus for a more literate alternative. To be fearless and be prepared to address difficult subjects such as: Eating Disorders (an issue I addressed in the poem “Stay Beautiful ” in Lifelines for the Soul) death, child abuse, war, political campaigns etc., but to always be mindful and sensitive when writing about such issues.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Daryl: My ambition is to simply improve my writing daily and to keep doing it, never giving up. Only God knows where I will be as a writer in 5 years’ time and that pleases me greatly. It is He that has given me the gift of being able to write.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Daryl: I have lots of favourite writers. Poets such as: Shakespeare, Keats, John o’ Donohue (His poetry is beautiful and incredibly resonant) . I also adore writers such as Umberto Eco, Salman Rushdie, Khaled Hossini, Orhan Pamuk, to name a few… I enclose a quote from John O’ Donohue. It comes my favourite book of his Anam Cara: A book of Celtic Wisdom
“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.”
This is something I aspire to daily.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Daryl: My advice would be never give up. Write for yourself, firstly, rather than anyone else. If you write with integrity and from the heart your words will always resonate with others. Always be prepared to pay your dues, don’t be in a hurry to see your work in print straight away. Some of my work which people complimented me on years ago would never make it into my books now. Writing is always the most important thing, not being published. Publishing is a beautiful thing and I see it as a great bonus. Immerse yourself in poetry, all genres, all formats. That way, you build up a broad pallet from which to paint your pictures.
Excerpt from the book: Lifelines for the Soul
Kindred spirits setting sail,
On the seas of our soul.
Plotting out our course of passion,
Not using stars to guide us –
We are following our hearts,
We’re not following any fashion.
Moon will light our way by night
And the sun by break of day,
On our way towards the promised land.
When we reach our final destination
And we begin to disembark, I will
Gaze at you and whisper “take my hand”.
Our love will deepen as we age, dear,
Just like a vintage wine.
We’ll stride along life’s highway,
Your soul encased in mine.
All the time we’ve spent together
Will seem like yesterday,
We’ll love each other patiently
Each step along our way.
When our voyage through life has ended,
When my heart’s been separated
From my soulmate and my friend,
I’ll sense your presence ever with me.
Your face will shine out from the stars,
I’ll feel your sweet caress in rain.
© Daryl P. Hall
Preface . . .
This volume of poetry was borne out of a desire to reach people and in some way allow my words to be “Lifelines to the Soul.” For me, to have my words available to read in print, is an amazing privilege. My wish is that this collection of poems, drawn from my extensive canon, will be delved into often and will become a great source of strength and hope to those who read them.
Sometimes it seems that the world is drowning in a morass of despair; of fear, of negativity. In these poems I have tried to shine a positive light wherever possible. This book is an attempt to encourage and empower the reader.
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