Lift Off D.L. Lang Blue ribbon Marin County Fair

Lift Off! – Blue Ribbon Winner Marin County Fair

“Lift Off!” won a blue ribbon for First Place in Fair Themed Poetry. “Let the Funshine In!” was the 2017 theme for the Marin County Fair. As I was preparing my entries for county fairs this year, I wrote this poem to capture the magic of attending the fair which celebrates both long held traditions and new technology. County fair season has become one of my favorite yearly experiences. I am grateful to the 2017 Marin County Fair for awarding a blue ribbon to this poem. This year the my first year where I received a blue ribbon at the Marin fair. In fact, I received two, so please, after you read “Lift Off!” check out “The Sixties” as well.


Lift Off!

Mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons
romping around in the sweet summer sun,
gazing at paintings and sculptures that won,
and creating memories for years to come.

Faces erupting in huge, silly grins,
wrapped in the awe of experience,
exploring centuries old traditions,
and trying fascinating new inventions.

Preserving the artistry of yesterday,
quilting and canning is here to stay.
Decked out in ribbons of red and blue
farm animals happily call out to you.

Couples walk the fairgrounds hand in hand,
enjoying the notes flowing from the bandstand.
Fried food fragrance fills the air,
informing your nose that it’s at the fair.

Glowing rides illuminate the midway
as families unite in fun for a day.
Fireworks ignite a summertime sky,
as the Ferris wheel turns, oh, so high.

Kids try their luck at games of chance.
Winning toy prizes sparks a joyful dance.
Folks cheer loudly as the animals race.
There’s something so magic about this place.

Yes, it’s that amazing time of year again,
when you can let the fun shine in!
Why are you just standing there, son?
C’mon! Lift off! The fair has begun!

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

$9.99eBook: $4.99
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 9
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
ASIN: 1548437727
ISBN: 9781548437725

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang's 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry.

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About the Book
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang’s 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry. Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays contains a handful of award-winning poems. Please click to read all the award-winning poems. Thank you to the 2017 Alameda County Fair for awarding “Expectations of a Future” a Silver Award. The following poems which appear in this book won awards in creative writing at the 2017 Marin County Fair:
  • “The Sixties”, First Place in Flashback to the 60’s Poetry
  • “Lift Off!”, First Place in Fair Themed Poetry
  • “Street Mouse”, Second Place in Any other Haiku
  • “Sally”, Third Place in My Pet
My deepest gratitude to the judges.   Smashwords e-book edition: 9780463169421 Smashwords makes ebooks compatible with all major e-reading devices in .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf, .pdb, and plain text formats. The ebook will also soon be available through Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, and Kobo. Also available to libraries through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Tolino, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), Bibliotheca CloudLibrary, Odilo and Califa’s Enki Read all of the poems posted on the blog from Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays. 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. A huge thanks to local photographer, Jessica Brown, who shot the cover image for this book! A penguin superhero in a pose of strength with a sign that says “Save the Humans!” Jessica Brown brought this vision to life, shooting the cover photo and author photo with me in costume on a very humid August 3rd, 2017 at the Mare Island Nature Preserve in Vallejo. Excerpt from the foreword:
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is my 9th poetry collection comprised of poems that were written between December 2016 and June 2017. The title came about as I was stopped at a red light. A local restaurant had a sign on the corner that said, “Catfish Today,” so as a way of passing the time I broke down those words and came up with additional phrases that contained a compound word with an animal and a time period. My aim with this book was to try to largely be uplifting and distracting as an antidote to the often heartbreaking chaos of the world today, so there are intentionally less topical poems than in previous collections. My two personal favorites of this variety are “Where are the Heroes?” and “Affirmations of a Dream” which close out the book. “Cats on Caravan” and “IWWD” refer to my experience of the Women’s March and Strike. As I was preparing my entries for area fairs this year, I wrote “Lift Off!” describing the experience of the fair. “The Sixties” was written to fit the theme of the Marin County Fair that is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I was not alive in those years, obviously, but tried to write from the perspective of someone who was. It is one period in American history that continues to fascinate me. I’m quite pleased that both were awarded blue ribbons.   I also spent a lot of time reminiscing about my childhood haunt in Enid, Oklahoma, a field down by the railroad tracks that’s now called Oakwood Nature Park, so “Blanton-Kiowa Line” captures the history of that area.  I’ve developed an affinity for train songs, so my husband challenged me to write “Hanukah Train” as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs this past Hanukah. This volume brings the total of my published poems to 918. While it will be the first book released after being named the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, poems written during that tenure will be released in future books. This milestone provides a natural closing point for this book. Thanks for reading!
Complete list of poems included in this volume: Expectations of a Future Wildflowers Dog-eared Yesterdays Balcony Dreams Celestial Scenes A Pillow for the Heart There are… Holy Stumblings Spring in the City Choose to Be Parallels And If They Can, Why Can’t We? At the Intersection There’s a Peace in Slowness How to Read Poetry The Seeker Happy Place Those of Gentle Hearts Traffic Jammer Birds in Harmony Each One of Us Dreams Demand Go Down Easy Yes A Circle of Dreams The Sixties Lift Off! Dixon May Fair Waterfront Observations Island Poem Generation Transformation All I’ve Got Left of You Time Overdrawn Bright Light Hanukah Train Blanton-Kiowa Line Enid Sunrise Praying for Rain April Foolery Anytime Hang On to Your Soul Sally The Talebearer Zing A Home One Two Somewhere Beyond Personal Evolution Like Broken Glass Moments Old Songs Sparked by Melody Renewed Awe As the Sun Street Mouse Class Participation Beachside A Napa Moment Mall Walker epic history poem Antisocial Media The Way to Contentment Humanity Brightest Greed’s Disconnect Although Ochlocracy Politics This Earth Day Stay Lit On Fear Lines Dear Land of the Free IWWD What if? Radioactive Returns Cats on Caravan New Old America Immigrants’ Truth What’s It Gonna Take? Not Your Problem? You Cannot See Through Gold Where are the Heroes? Affirmations of a Dream  
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"Author D.L. Lang's masterful "Dragonfly Tomorrows and Dog-eared Yesterdays" proves just exactly why the talented Author has been crowned poet laureate of California state in the city of Vallejo, leaving us in complete awe with some of the most immaculate verses and compassionate words! An ingenious visionary and virtuous human moral-compass, Lang makes writing poetry seem effortless, hypnotizing us with fantasy-like analogies that cleverly unravel meaningful and philosophical multi-layered themes. Each theme underlines and mirrors many different colors and faces of life and humanity. Author D.L. Lang's lovely portraits of inspiration captivate us with beautiful, provoking portrayals of art that appear to symbolize strengths such as ambition, creation and imagination, yet and still, her picturesque illustrations don't shy her away from exposing her core, jagged, blunt truth one bit. This ironic combination or blend of visual beauty, art and graphics is even more compelling when interwoven with personal, societal and collective humanistic ideas and theories near to the Author's heart."
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,, 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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