Well, allow me to bore you a bit. I was born in 1960 within the lights of Las vegas into a family of performers. After two years, shipped off to New Hampshire and at the age of 18 I moved to the Big Apple!
I have been living for 34 years in New York City and have worn many masks during my journey within this amazing city. Also, during my first 4 years in NYC traveled back and forth while attending Penn. State as a theater major, graduating in 1982. I have worked in sales, training dogs, as a model, a professional actor appearing in theater, commercials and principal roles on 2 soap operas, however, never landing a contract role. That’s LIfe!, as I said many masks!
My life as a performer took a back seat as life steered me into a new direction. I focused my energies on the restuarant/ bar business, eventually owning a Bar until I met my wife, a brilliant lawyer, who inspired me to sell the Bar. A marriage has the ability to make changes in a mans life(LOL). Since that time, almost 9 years ago, I have worked in Real Estate and began driving a cab,(hence, the name The Hack Poet), when as we all know the markets fell apart. Like they say, necessity is the mother of invention and as a New York cab driver the poetry was born inside of me. Believe this, 12 hours of driving a cab could inspire one to do many things, my observations and interactions with so many varied people were invaluable. When your sitting in the front seat of a cab, your given a new pair of eyes to see humanity as it passes you by.
I had no choice but to begin to put my thoughts and observations into a creative form. I must say quite a surprise to me being I always hated writing but that being said, I truly enjoy this new form of creative expression. To be honest, I was always afraid of writing.
My poetry/prose runs the gambit one might say, every topic from politics, spiritual, family, love, war, goverment, my life experiances, and recovery from alcoholism. Some with a touch of humor, some without, if I missed one please forgive me. The style in which I write varies from formed versed rhymed pieces to more of a free form style, it is a lot of fun to let a piece take on it’s own life. What is most important to me as an artist and as a writer, is that my work is imagery rich and emotionally honest! I hope when the curtian rises opening night, you”ll be entertained by my one act poetry play.
I, from my heart, truly hope that one of my ingenious pieces (LOL) just might mean something to someone and affect your life in a positive way. That you’ll find truth as I did when writing theses thoughts down. Also, I would love to hear your comments, as a matter of fact your reponce would be greatly appreciated for one might say it feeds the soul.
The Hack Poet
William E. Hay