Unbound – Coal Shed Studios Book Arts

   Ekphrastic Poetry Poetry

It was my pleasure to write this poem for the Coal Shed Studios Book Arts Show. I read it there on 9.9.17. Watch the video.


Ignoring the binding that once anchored them

into cold, rational paragraphs,

the books were now free to become art,

to evolve beyond the intentions of their writer

into objects of dreamlike beauty

at the hands of those whose

ideas knew no such limits

as word counts or chapters.

Like butterflies on their first flight,

their pages were no longer confined

to the shapes they once inhabited.

Solidified in sculpture,

sketch, and paint

they sang out messages of peace, love and justice

that rang out through the gallery,

shattering the walls

for tyranny and censorship cannot stand

when artists build the world.

Their words floated freely into the evening sky,

as paragraphs dripped upon the pavement,

and the letters crunched heartily

in the mouths of all assembled

as they stared in awe at each

beautiful transformation.

The books delighted in the attention

that their new evolution had granted them,

spreading the word to the well-loved volumes

that sat calmly upon the shelves

in neatly organized rows,

that they, too, had reached immortality.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
Diana L. Lang is Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She has published nine poetry books under the pen name D.L. Lang, won several awards at area county fairs, and enjoys participating in the spoken word community of Solano County.
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