Introducing D.B. Hall
David Hall was born in a small town called Mount Airy (A.K.A Mayberry) nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains which are part of the large Appalachian Mountain chain. His early life involved a lot of traveling with his missionary parents, which involved stints of living in Mexico and Bolivia. His poetry reflects a love for nature and life mixed with a sense of the rustic Americana spirit and sprinkled with a lingering sense of the spiritual guidance infused by his southern religious upbringing. David has always been able to live in the moment enjoying it to the fullest while being able to be separated within himself seeking something more. Poetry is one of those outlets that gives him that something more. The diversity of genres and endless array of topics allow him to dive into poetry with reckless abandon or with fine-tuned precision; whichever is needed. Like a prism there are many sides of David, from the emotional connections when dealing with death, to the touch of the spring breeze on your neck hairs, David’s poetry can put you there.
Interview – Book: Pebbles In The Stream
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi David, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
David: You are very welcome and I want to thank you for this wonderful venue that you provide for authors and also for this specific opportunity with this interview.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
David: My name is David Hall and I mainly write under the pen name of D.B. Hall. I have been called The Wandering Bard and The Demon Poet. I embrace both monikers for different reasons. I was born in a small town in North Carolina that the Andy Griffith TV show was based on. However my upbringing was not your typical small town upbringing. Yes, we did the church on Sunday mornings with lunch at grandma’s afterwards. However, there was not any hunting, fishing, baseball or football on Friday nights. Instead, there were a lot of church revivals, traveling and constant moving. Change was a constant in our household. At a young age me and my siblings had visited dozens of states, visited thousands of churches and shook a million hands. We had moved more times than we cared to count. We lived a year in Querétaro Mexico, a year in Santé Cruz Bolivia, four years in Cochabamba Bolivia, a year and a half in Morristown TN and finally back home to stay in Mount Airy North Carolina. All of these came with one year moves back home to Mount Airy. I have been the lone white person in neighborhoods in multiple countries and states. Many times a basketball was our ambassador of peace.
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.
David: I have always loved to rhyme orally but mostly did it in a goofy way as a kid. It was not until I was in a college English class that I started to write poetry. After some issues with the teacher over some darker writings I quit writing for a while but dark times in life drove me back to writing just for personal reasons which carried over into my first marriage. As people started finding out about my writing, I started receiving requests for anniversaries, baby showers, memorials etc. This stroked my ego but did not help with improving my skill. Facebook was booming and I searched out some poetry groups. I joined some and read, a lot, before I started posting. As I started learning more about poetry, the more I craved to learn. I sought out those who poet savants and asked many questions. I was not afraid to recognize my weaknesses and to ask for help. I still ask questions and research constantly. A poem is never finished and neither is a poet. I truly have a passion for poetry and the process of poetry. I will talk poetry with anybody that is willing.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
David: I write for many reasons, your question is a simple question but does not have a simple answer. I write because the muse demands it, because life demands it, to tell a story, to console a friend, to celebrate a birth, I write of love, of life, of death and of the life after death, I write to ensure a legacy. If I were not writing, I would still be telling stories at family get together or around campfires, wherever I could.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
David: Life is a constant inspirational flow that cannot be stemmed, not even while sleeping. There is so much inspiration flowing that one must pick and choose what to write, when there is time to write. I have woken up at all hours of the night just to write a poem that just came to me. I have rolled over in the morning and written down detailed dreams. I have pulled over on the side of the rode and written. My wife, my kids, a phrase of a song, one picture from a commercial or movie, picture challenges word challenges, things that happen during the day all of these things are inspirational to me. However the most inspirational things that I find are when I touch something that has history and I sense my forefathers spirit in it, the dust laying on it, a familiar aroma bringing an essence to me. My pulse quickens, heart starts pounding, heat flows through my body as I write with their presence wrapping around me. My tears flow, my soul is saddened by their departure and yet refreshed by their visit.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
David: Simply finding the time to focus on what needed to be done. Pushing back the new poems that bubble to the surface so that what needs to be done can be done.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
David: Easiest question on here…
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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?
David: I really can’t say that I did. Almost all of my poems for my book were already written, I just picked them out. During the process, inspiration hit a time or two and I added those to the pot. Well maybe I learned that I am critical of a lot of my older work and I would not publish it without major rewrites. I stunk as a poet a few years back, not that I have arrived now but I have tried hard to learn a little bit.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
David: A writer or poet should be passionate about their work without being egotistical or snarky. Their passion should be heard in their poetry as a voice for the voiceless, needy and homeless. A poet should be more than just writer of love sonnets, or more than just a political poet, more than just one of anything. A poet should not hide behind just writing free style because they do not know the rules of other styles. Their passion should be readily apparent to themselves, so much that they endeavor to improve, to diversify their portfolio, by learning different style and genres, to polish their gems through properly editing their work and to learn from those who have been there before.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
David: I have a general plan in place in which I set small goals with increasingly larger goals always in the back of my mind. I have already been published in various online blogs and ezines and also in magazines, a handful of Anthologies and I have published two books (one with Creative Talents Unleashed). I have also been a creative director for the Poetic Shadows: Ink and the Sword anthology. I see these as smaller steps or goals toward my overall larger goal. My next step is currently in process will be a much larger step for me in both reality and creatively and is something that I have not seen in the poetic community.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
David: A poet that can grab my attention in the first few lines, then keep it throughout the poem and then finish with a flourish that is my favorite poet. I enjoy reading a poet that has a good vocabulary and teaches me interesting new words. One who can consistently provide a various array of wonderful poetry. The actual who is harder, as I enjoy so many. I enjoy Shakespeare, Poe, Susan E. Birch, Sue Lobo and many more.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
David: To keep learning the craft. You will have never arrived and never learned it all. Your poems will never be perfect, keep polishing them. Do not be afraid of constructive critique or react negatively to it, learn from it instead. Use it as fertilizer to fuel your desire to be a better poet or writer.
Excerpt from the book: Pebbles In The Stream
Please do not bury me on a cloudless day
Let the wind and rain send me on my way
When that day comes of my final leaving
Grant me a goodbye with the skies weeping
Let my children stand tall at my graveside
With their children tucked close trying to hide
Umbrellas protect and produce rivulets of rain
But will anything protect them from the pain?
Under a Maple, friends stand slightly further back
Somberly wondering who will fill poetic slack
A nice preacher who speaks some kind words
Maybe to be serenaded by some lovely birds
If some of my friends are willing to linger there
Surrounding my family in somber carpeted chair
They’ll realize the rain can’t last like memories can
Pray the sun smiles through somber curtain for a span
As they stand looking from grave back to my birth
Let my legacy be a rainbow of smiles on this earth
© D.B. Hall
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