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Vallejo Man March

Thank you to the Community Life Integration Foundation, and to Ivy Brawner and Maurice Brackett (aka TOS) for the opportunity to perform at the Vallejo Man March yesterday. It was a truly powerful experience to walk down the street surrounded by my fellow citizens, shouting “Silence the Violence! Increase the Peace!”

At moments walking felt like dancing, and chanting felt like singing, and to me, both of those feel like praying. (It was Shabbat after all.) The cloudy skies held in the rain as we travelled from Sonoma and Maine to MLK Park, surrounded by a police escort, photographers, and local filmmakers from the movie Campaignin‘.

Many other community organizations were represented including the Vallejo Peace Project, Fresh Air Vallejo, Vallejo Together, and Justice for Mario Romero. image

I did all of this for the cause, but it was truly a sweet surprise to find my name in the Vallejo Times Herald yesterday. Some of the other spoken word artists who turned out and either marched or performed poetry for the cause were C-Pow, Bodacious, Jeff Williams, Travis Jackson, and Stacy Sharelle.

My husband took several photographs of the march which can be found on my Facebook page. I also tried to take some of as many performers as I could prior to the rain.

This was intended to be the debut of an annual event, so if you missed it this year, stay tuned.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of my reading.

Forgive me if you performed or spoke and I did not mention you, as I’m terrible with names!

 

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Vallejo Man March
March 12, 2016: Meet at 11 AM at Sonoma & Main to march for peace in Vallejo
Followed by entertainment at MLK Park by the JFK Library.

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Since I was about 12 years old, I always admired folks who worked to make the world a better place, and artists who performed at such things as peace rallies. Well, I never thought that I could be one of those artists. Maybe in some subconscious dream, but sometimes life meets dreams and gives you opportunities, just like the sign as you enter Vallejo, the City of Opportunity.

Through my performing at Poetry by the Bay, I met the lovely Christian poet, Ebonielove Williams, and she introduced me to the duo of Maurice Brackett and Ivy Brawner, a.k.a. TOS, who are a couple of fellow dreamers putting on an event called Vallejo Man March in conjunction with the Community Life Integration Foundation, or the CLIF house that helps this city’s most vulnerable. Those are the folks to contact if you also want to be a part of this.

While they’re passionate, faithful Christians, the event itself is meant to be uniting and open to all, including this Jewish poet, who is very honored to be a part of it, performing as an ally against violence and for peace both on our streets and in our world.

The featured image for this post is a John Lennon inspired poster outside the local gallery, Artiszen. They have a great exhibit going on right now with protest art. I got to see it on my first art walk. I’m grateful to live in a town with such a scene, both for art and for activism.

The following are the two pieces that I intend to perform on March 12. The first poem is my favorite thing that I have ever written, and is from my latest book, Poet Loiterer, attempting to answer the question what can regular folks do in a painful world except be a rebel in favor of goodness, and the other is my vision for how this event will go. Please come and March for peace, for a better Vallejo, and have some fun in the process.

The event takes place from 11 AM to 4 PM with the March beginning at Sonoma and Main Street, and entertainment at MLK Park in Vallejo. It’s family friendly. Here is the Facebook event to RSVP.

 

On stage at the peace rally.
On stage at the peace rally.

Headline Antidote

Be a rebel for righteousness,
a leader for love,
a troublemaker for the truth,
not a hawk, but a dove!

More than one way to be human,
so many ways to understand.
Join all your hands together,
and march across this land.

Be an agitator for awesome,
a hustler for the heart,
an outcast for open-mindedness,
whatever you do – just start!

More than one way to be an American.
Patriotic pacifists-no weapons in our hands!
Here’s to building better times!
Yes, you know that we can!

(“Headline Antidote” won 5th place in Any Other Poetry at the 2016 Marin County Fair.)

Vallejo Peace

Every night as we settle into sleep,
sirens and gunfire rise up like a dirge from the street.
This in our world is not unique.
Fear and division keeps people apart,
but on this day we choose a new start.

We choose to be great,
choose love over hate,
choose kindness over fear,
so we can all be freer.

Our culture presents violence as an acceptable option.
I say this idea must cease before we’re all in a coffin.
Let us raise our voice against violence as a choice.
We must all be rebels by choosing peace.

We are a rainbow quilt of diversity.
In that we are number one.
So let’s join together and show the world just how it’s done.

We are artists, families, and regular folks
that will spread the seeds of peace
across this town, this state, this nation.

And if we dream it, we can do it.
We can change this world like there’s nothing to it.
Today, today has only proved it.

For today in this beautiful city of opportunity
we joined together in formation.
We united and took first steps for a peace so sweet,
filling our town with love,
voting for goodness with our very own feet.

I’m honored to be among you,
sweet city of Vallejo.
Hang onto this unity,
my dear community,
and don’t ever let it go!

Id Biscuits

Id Biscuits

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Publication Year: 2016
Length: 200
ASIN: B0797JV63F
ISBN: 1530453054

Id Biscuits is D.L. Lang's sixth poetry book. This 200 page volume contains topical poetry, autobiographical poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.

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Id Biscuits is D.L. Lang’s sixth poetry book. This 200 page volume contains topical poetry, autobiographical poems, spiritual poems, and story poems. Preview on Google Books The poem “Marin Is…” won third place in Marvelous Marin poetry at the Marin County Fair in 2016. The poem “Master of Peace” won Reserve Best of Show and a blue ribbon in Published Poetry at the 2016 Solano County Fair. This poetry book is similar to D.L. Lang’s previous release, Poet Loiterer, containing poetic reflections on current events, the author’s life, politics, and history. You can read poems that were featured in this book by visiting the poetry blog. Excerpt from the foreword:
I called this book Id Biscuits. Id, as in the inner child, which I fully let run wild. The title is also a pun on identity. The inner hippie wanderer protester artist is reflected in this book, as it was in my previous work, Poet Loiterer. This could almost be seen as a sequel to that book. As with that book, there are several political poems. If you care not for such things, I suggest you check out my earlier tomes, but there should be poems in this one for everyone. These poems were written November 2015 – April 2016. The first four poems are exceptions and were discovered among personal papers. “L’Atah, Eretz” was a love poem to my then boyfriend now husband, Tim, written in 2002 that I thought I had lost. “Larry and the Berry” is the oldest and silliest poem I have, written in 1994 when I was 11 during a class with the Enid Summer Arts Project. There are poems from both my higher self, and written from the pit of the struggle of being human. This book reflects both my dark side and my light side, and I’ll leave it up to you to decide which side is which. For as I’ve said before, judgment of my own art is not my job. Although portions of this book are topical and autobiographical, most of it is mere fiction and wordplay. They mostly are inspired by nature, Judaism, Oklahoma, Marin, Vallejo, music, current events, and history. All completely poetic nonsense— part reality, part exaggeration, part total fiction.
  Complete list of include poems:    L’Atah, Eretz The Album Musty Books Larry and the Berry I Am Whenever Id Biscuits Identity Biscuits Spring Soul Cleaning Miracles Chaiku In the Wild Silence The Conundrum of the Social Introvert Faded Family Photographs Recalibration Station Life Lessons Everyday Teachers Hurtling Forth Octopus Marin is… What is a Poet? Beginning, Transforming Symphony in the Storm North Beaching It Lines Home Ghosts Dissonance Plaza J A Blessing Messiahs You Can Learn Equally From Truth or Myth Walking in Winter Rains Across the Bay Sparks Everything is a Prayer Jewish Things Knowing Doing Home Incredible Act Now! Forward Dear Bigots Broken How do you Measure your Rulers? The Bern Chicken Wire Y Generation In-Between Peace March Vallejo Peace East Maine Noms Carts To the Merchants of Bon Air Break Out Your Duster This Project’s a Lemon: Sweep ‘em Out! Circles Caring Versus Pretending Collective Dreamers Rise! Dreaming Who Lives Here? Red People Known? If You Were Me Family Lines Wandering Webs Union of Unidentified Fleeing Okies Cut Self Slack Love Stop Running and Orbit the Light of your Soul Quicksands of Timelines Hold On Musical Reassurance Your Vision Matters Dwelling Meditation That Voice Hands at Hanns Rainbow Master of Peace Melodic Key RPM Donut, Donut Mellowing Apples Derailed Banjo How the Time Passes By Our Life The Cost of Silence To Those Who Raise Up Artists A Little Alliteration What to Do? I Write my Pain on Permanent Stationary Magnetized To My Friends in Other Places Sadness can be an Art I Drove to Pleasure Cove Not That Friend Book of Taradiddles Melted Chocolate Heart Open Hearts Hearts Aim Higher Than This Penguin Are Penguins Aware it’s Penguin Awareness Day? Words Poems of America Hey, Troubadour Back Door Life of Dreams Unnoticed Service Man Pecans Oh, Hello, Cupcake Routine Coffee Tin I Don’t Know from Ships I Still Wander There Aspiring Potatoes Listen Same Song, Broken Heart Peculiar Precedent for a Presidential Posturer When? Some Weird Kind of Freedom Sponges Slag Pile Procrastinapping Return to Muddy Hollow
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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).

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Poet Loiterer

Poet Loiterer

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Publication Year: 2015
Length: 180 pages
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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.

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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/

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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.

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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

 


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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.

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