County Fair Winners, Poems from the book Poet Loiterer, Poetry

To Get Free – 2015 Solano County Fair Best of Show in Poetry

This poem won 1st place for unpublished poetry and took Best of Show for poetry at the Solano County Fair in 2015. It is now the first poem in my latest book, Poet Loiterer.

To Get Free

C’mon, baby, hit the reset button on your soul.
Do what you love, and not what you’re told.
If you want to get free, you gotta save your own soul.
Fall into the joy. Fall into the flow.
Once you found it, don’t ever let it go.
Let go of those troubles that weigh in your heart.
Ain’t nobody going to hate you for doing your art.
You gotta know what they see just ain’t the same.
You were made to be on fire, just set aflame.
You’ll never fit in to some cookie cutter notion.
Let go of the rules and set yourself in motion.
You got it, and you know that you do, too.
Let yourself believe in everything–woohoo!
There are no limits. It’s all in your head.
It takes a lot of discipline once you get outta bed.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s more fun,” he said.
Look in the mirror, kid. You’re far from dead.
So rise, rise, rise, and fly, fly far away,
far from those who got nothing but garbage to say.
They haven’t a clue just what you can do.
Hey, man, they don’t even really know you.
You’ve been immersed in your path since the day you were born.
You survived, kid, so it’s no time to mourn.
Jump for joy, dance that inner song, and find a way,
just find your own beautiful way to move on.

Poet Loiterer

Poet Loiterer

$14.99eBook: $5.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 5
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2015
Length: 180 pages
ASIN: B0797HZBBD
ISBN: 1518713246

Poet Loiterer is D.L. Lang's fifth poetry book. This 180 page collection features nature poems, protest poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.

Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from CreateSpace
Buy from Book Depository
Buy from GoodReads
Buy from Barnes and Noble
Buy from Amazon
About the Book
Local bookstores and libraries often provide venues for poets and local authors, and many of them have invited me to read over the years, so when possible, please shop local! Any bookstore should be able to special order it for you using the ISBN, so please utilize your local independent bookshop. The book is also available through interlibrary loan. Check WorldCat for which libraries currently carry this title.  Reviews of Poet Loiterer: “Lang’s themes include wanderlust, love for nature (and especially hiking in the California hills), religious devotion, paying the bills versus living the artist’s life, and transforming from a passive pacifist to an activist. “You gave me lungs, / so that I might breathe peace” expresses forthright praise to God in “What You Created,” and elsewhere, verse expresses delight in Jewish practice: “There’s music and Torah both running through my soul,” she observes–a quirky combination that brings to mind a Jewish Janis Joplin. In the satirical “Doves in Season,” the traditional peace symbol is being hunted. “Fear not the rocking boat,” another poem advises, encouraging readers to question racism, capitalism, and America’s reliance on weapons. There’s “More than one way to be an American,” the poem “Headline Antidote” insists; indeed, this collection imagines a peaceful, joyful future America.” — Kirkus Reviews Read the full review here: www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/dl-lang/poet-loiterer/ Preview on Google Books Description: The title Poet Loiterer is a joke between my husband and I, that I am not anyone’s Poet Laureate, but a poet who, as a result of health issues, spends most of her time loitering around town, home, synagogue, doctors’ offices, and when I feel up to it, hiking, lots and lots of hiking! This book is a pastry, fluffy with a chocolate center. This entire book was written in 2015 in various locations around the Bay Area, which is a first, as my previous books had also contained many old poems that I’d written as a kid. This is all me at age 31/32 with poems created from April – November 2015. It starts out with “To Get Free” which won Best of Show at the Solano County Fair in 2015. It is a diverse 180 page volume with nature poems, protest poems, spiritual poems, and story poems. Poet Loiterer The cover photograph of my loitering outside my synagogue was generously donated and was taken on December 4, 2015 by Norm Levin of Natural Portraits and Events. Grab it on Amazon!   Complete list of poems included in this volume:  To Get Free Songs In The Key Of Grief Mare Island Poet Loiterer Essentially Unemployable Reassurance Railway Meditation Mind Wanderer Muir Beached Strangers Immersed Seasons Unanswered Idleness In The Artist’s Playground Going Why I Hike Wanderlust After 20 Pier Dreams City Hiking If This New Year From Unity To Community The Swamps Of Patriot Day What Of The Forest? Live A Little The Only Thing That I Need A Pretty Good Day The Key To Light Lighting Up In Tune Holy Songs Incomparable Joy Transforming Tunes Melodies Forever Community Together Retreat One Weekend Contentment Thrown Overboard I’m Not Lost, But You Found Me Higher Songs Rebooting My Soul Unplugged Returning To The Place Of My Heart Midnight Guardian Staying Wrapped Inside Your Presence Praying Out Loud Legendary Consumed There Must Be An Answer Now Surrender I’ve Half A Mind To… Are We Free? Are You Paying Attention? Statues Meant For? Memorial Day Urgency Headline Antidote Unity Ain’t Nothing Changed? Clarity Warrior Ancestors We Never Build Just One Flags Of Hate There Are No Words Endurance Conformity Farmer’s Market Uprising High Sympathy Naked Personality This Independence Day Fair Pillars Of The Past Doves In Season: A Love Poem To Nature’s Restoration Humanity Searching To Dream Escapism Opener You Are The Connector My Haunted Friend Mindful Clouds What Is Life? Meteors O’pink Uncontrollable Flame Poetic Timing Penguin Child Writer Child Why I Art Poetry Rains Sometimes There After Dark When It Feels Right Hold Back Life Worthy Narrative Existence Honest Accounting My Beloved Accidental Love Poem Soulmate Descriptor Love Is Not Regret Farewell Eat Your Fears Host Poet What Is There? Smattering Of Mattering Vallejo Days The Day After Storm The Road Webbing Water Beyond The Fence Once Upon A Dog Bottle Of Mine Penguin Season Blues Journal Dilemma On Staying In United Divided By Chocolate Sparks Aligned What Must Be Giver Loneliness Sprouts Doubt A Future In It Life Worth, Life’s Work Origin Point Customer Service For Existence Simmering Moments Disappointing You Old Songs from Another Lifetime Perspectives Old Fashioned Behind These Digital Walls Pretty Pictures Technology Pushers Of POV A Festive Apology What You Created Dan  
Hi! Enjoying what you’re reading? Please consider buying a book, or using the donation button on the sidebar. Poets aren’t always compensated for our performances and efforts, and doing so would help out greatly and ensure this website stays around for years to come.
All of my gigs have been cancelled until further notice. Please stay safe everyone. If you would like to support me at this time, please consider buying one of my books from your favorite online retailer.

About the Author
D.L. Lang

D.L. Lang is a contemporary American poet and spoken word artist. The author of over a dozen poetry books, Lang has been writing poetry for over 25 years. She has performed her poetry on stage hundreds of times at protest rallies, county fairs, literary festivals, open mics, poetry circles, bookstores, libraries, and live radio broadcasts.

From 2017 to 2019 she served as Vallejo, California's Poet Laureate. Her poems have been awarded with numerous county fair ribbons, transformed into songs, used as liturgy for prayer, and to advocate for peace, justice, and a better world.

The scribe of over 1,200 poems from haiku to free verse to masterful rhyme, covering a wide variety of topics, D.L. Lang has poetry that's sure to delight. Lang dabbles in both gritty realism and surrealistic wordplay, sorrowful elegy and uplifting affirmations. Her poetry is a mixture of topical political commentary, religious devotional meditations, and poetic autobiographical memoir. Her words take you on journeys deep into nature, memory, spirituality, and the whisperings of the heart.

She is the author of Tea & Sprockets, Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology, Look Ma! No Hands!, Poet Loiterer, Id Biscuits, Barefoot in the Sanctuary, Armor Against The Dawn, Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays, Resting on My Laurels, The Cafe of Dreams, Midnight Strike, and This Festival of Dreams. She has also released a chapbook compilation entitled Wanderings, a Jewish poetry compilation entitled Paradise Collectors, and her debut spoken word album entitled Happy Accidents, and is the editor of Voices, Verses & Visions of Vallejo.

Her poetry has also been published in the Benicia Herald, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, Poetry Expressed, Frost Meadow Review, and the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. Her poetry has been anthologized in A Poet’s Siddur (Ain’t Got No Press, 2017), Light & Shadow (Benicia Literary Arts, 2018), Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol. 21 (2018), and Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo (2019).

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Hi! Enjoying what you’re reading? Please consider buying a book, or using the donation button on the sidebar. Poets aren’t always compensated for our performances and efforts, and doing so would help out greatly and ensure this website stays around for years to come.
All of my gigs have been cancelled until further notice. Please stay safe everyone. If you would like to support me at this time, please consider buying one of my books from your favorite online retailer.

No ratings yet.

Please rate this post