Introducing Tony Haynes
Tony Haynes is the preeminent practitioner of Acrostic Poetry. In less than a minute, he can literally pull a poem out of thin air. Give him the title of what you’d like to call your poem and he will create it for you on the spot. The catch is he will write your name in the air then show you how the beginning of each line in the poem he’s creating spells the letters of your name downward. It’s an eloquent combination of spontaneous penmanship and showmanship. The poem is being written down as he speaks it into existence. This way, the person he’s creating it for has an instant one-of-a-kind personalized gift that they can cherish for a lifetime.
Before Tony realized he had this rare poetic talent, he was and still is a prolific lyricist, songwriter, music publisher and record producer. In this capacity, Tony has accomplished a great deal. “Send A Little Love,” his first song, was recorded by the Spinners in 1981.
Since then, Tony’s songs have been recorded on over 200 albums, selling in excess of 60 million copies worldwide. These songs have earned him 60 gold and multi-platinum awards, as well as several ASCAP Awards. Songs from his Music Publishing catalogues include; Bobby Brown’s “Get Away”, Robert Palmer’s “Hyperactive”, The Whisper’s “Innocent”, Jeffrey Osborne’s “She’s On The Left”, as well as songs recorded by Karyn White, Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Jarreau, Regina Belle, Troop, Go West, SOS Band, George Duke, Chante Moore, Evelyn Champagne King, Peabo Bryson, Kool & The Gang, The Temptations, Isley Brothers and many others. He has collaborated with the most successful writers and producers in the world.
Interview – Book: Throwing a Dart Through The Heart of Tradition
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Tony, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Tony: Thank you for the opportunity.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Tony: Originally, I started out as a lyricist/songwriter. Eventually, I got into writing children’s books and scripts, but along the way I veered back into my first love, which is poetry. For me, everything waxes poetic in one way or another.
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.
Tony: I believe it was always in me. However, the urge and awakening came when I was five or six years old. It was then that I began rhyming everything and making up stories and tall tales that rhymed.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Tony: I write because it is a form of breathing for me. If I don’t write I’ll cease to exist. Through my work, I ask questions that provoke thought, and I attempt to get people to see things differently.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Tony: My inspiration literally comes from everything. I hear it, see it, feel, it, smell it and touch it. I can even taste it.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Tony: The hardest thing about writing my book was figuring out when it was done. Sometimes they can go on and on. One must figure out when it is time to let it just be in the shape and form it is in.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Tony: The easiest thing about writing my book was to take it on after I figured out what the subject matter would be.
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?
Tony: I always learn something about myself. This time I learned I can indeed hold a grudge against the target of my wrath, which in this case is tradition.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Tony: The responsibility of a writer and poet is to take the reader on a journey to somewhere…. And in that place allow the reader to discover…
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Tony: My goal and objective as a writer is to allow my creativity to flow freely through, poems, books, scripts and lyrics, and in those arenas slay the dragons of mediocrity without becoming my own oxymoron.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Tony: my favorite write is William Shakespeare. “To be or not to be…? that is the question…’
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Tony: Don’t give up on yourself… and write compulsively.
Excerpt from the book: Throwing a Dart Through The Heart of Tradition
Your Family Tree ~ Getting to The Root Of Your Problems
Your family tree
Owes its allegiance to every branch
Unless they’ve been uprooted
For this is when love’s entity
As a victim of an avalanche
May also be disputed, but
It’s still your family tree
Leaves wither and once you rake up all
You realize it’s a wakeup call
The root of your problems is a lack of
Receiving full attention you feel your whole life needs
Every hug helps you solve them, so today re-sow the seeds
Every branch owes its allegiance to its family tree
…So I’ll branch out to you – as you branch out to me
© Tony Haynes
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