Dallas Clayton – Rad Dad!


Dallas Clayton is an award winning author of an awesome book titled An Awesome Book. With a fun and freeing style of illustration he has shared a special story with kids through his book tour. I stumbled on his webpage a while ago and his poems bring me such glee.

I hope you will enjoy a Dallas Clayton survey with me.

Name: Dallas Clayton
Nickname: Dallas Clayton
Sign: “Rad”

Cookie: Delicious
Number: Pi
Organ: Hammond

Q1.What toy did you always want as a kid but never got? Have you bought yourself that toy as an adult?
A1. I can’t say I remember. I was really into making things, playing in the woods, running around, that sort of thing. As an adult I have afforded myself the luxury of doing just that every day. Victory!

Q2.If you could tour with any band (together, broken up, dead or alive) what band would it be?
A2. 3 way tie between (in their prime) Minor Threat, N.W.A. and Zeppelin

Q3.What secret talent do you possess?
A3. I can fly

Q4.Do you have an irrational fear?
A4. No

Q5.Most rewarding moment of your life so far?

A5. Having a child.

Q6.When do you feel most creative?
A6. When I see something awesome and it inspires me to do more.

Q7.If you could transform into any animal on a dime, what animal kingdom would you be a part of?
A7. Birds.

Q8.You got to use a time machine for one day and one day only, where would you go?
Q8. The future.

Q9. What do you think a snozberry taste like?
A9. Acai.

Q10. Have you ever met someone you idolize? How was that experience?
A10. Can’t say I idolize anyone really but I’ve met a lot of rad people. Mostly the are just people.


Is it because of television
or magazines
or nature
or parents good intentions
that a child
stands at a foggy bathroom mirror
between class periods
practicing what it will feel like
to tell someone he doesn’t know very well
“I love you.”


What does it mean to you
to be disappointed?
When you imagine disappointment
does it have a face?
A scowl ike an ugly high school thing
coming back at you from the past?
It’d be nice if we could put a face
on all those emotions
that scare us into mediocrity.
Make it easier to poke out their eyes.


There are crazy people out there
who talk to cats
and see ghosts in their food.
They’re all over the place-
driving the bus,
making a bagel,
locked up somewhere you don’t have to look at.
There are crazy people out there
and many having a better time than you.

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