Penguin’s Prayer

Today Lee Lee, Erika, Diana Tenes, Lady D and I went on the Art Beat show on OZCAT for what shall be the first of many poetry radio shows. The next poetry show will be broadcast at 10 AM Pacific on April 5th featuring Benicia Poet Laureate Johanna Ely and several other Benicia Poets. Future shows will be May 3, June 28, and third Thursdays thereafter.

If you are on a computer with Internet Explorer, you can listen to the archive here. The poetry starts about 30 minutes into the broadcast.

I read “Penguin’s Prayer” along with “Headline Antidote.”

Penguin’s Prayer

Over caffeinated insomniacs, dreaming,
dancing prayers, singing prophets,
jiving on java, juice, and Jewish jams.

Surrounded by the soulful symphonies,
shouting their joyful jubilation skyward,
cheerfully chanting holy Hebrew haikus.

Voices unite these moonlighting weekend angels’
ascending rhythms, rhymes, relaxing.

Work week’s woeful ways escaping.
Ecstasy’s entrance in every breath.

Nourished by the notes, a comforting chorus,
the beat of bongos, poetic prayers.

United in friendship—happiness distilled.
Rising thoughts of infinite gratitude.

Pain dare not penetrate these happy holy hangovers.
Holding to these fleeting moments of heaven.

Abundant sparks, shimmering to the surface of our souls.

Reprinted from Abundant Sparks (2013)

Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology

Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology

$15.00$9.99eBook: $1.99
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 2
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2013, 2015
Length: 162 pages
ISBN: 1511726660

Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology combines D.L. Lang's second and third ebooks into one paperback. This poetry collection offers poems spanning the silly to the spiritual. The poems were largely transcribed from notebooks by her husband and soul mate, Timothy Lang. There is a mix of poetry written in 2013 as well as older poems from the author's archives.

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About the Book
Preview on Google Books Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology combines D.L. Lang’s second and third ebooks into one paperback. This poetry collection offers poems spanning the silly to the spiritual. The poems were largely transcribed from notebooks by her husband and soul mate, Timothy Lang. There is a mix of poetry written in 2013 as well as older poems from the author’s archives. Reviews of the Abundant Sparks ebook: This eclectic collection of about 70 poems from poet D.L. Lang embodies the spirit of American poetry–diverse and without rules. You probably don’t know D.L. Lang; I don’t know her either. Or do I? After reading this outstanding collection of original works, I feel that in a strong sense, I do. I believe you will too, and you’ll find your time reading Abundant Sparks joyfully well spent.” – J.A. Wallace “I found this collection of poetry to be exceptional in its diversity and intensity. The selection of poems gives the reader an excellent feel for this budding star poet’s abilities in writing and observation. The book also shows that the poet has a good feel for her readers, in the order that the poetry was presented. Overall, the best book of poetry that I have read in quite some time.” – North Woods “From deeply (and universally) personal to powerfully observant, Diana Lang is a brilliant poetess. The goosebumps of powerful distillations tune the reader at the book’s beginning with poetry that appears to be the author’s most recent verse. D.L. (Diana) Lang is a name to note and remember. Highly recommended reading.” – Julia Busch “Lang’s facility with language never ceases to astonish me. And she does it again in this new collection. If you want an example, read the first poem, Penguin’s Prayer. A must read.” – Helen C. Page   Thank you to the judges at the 2015 Solano County Fair for awarding “Generation Awake!” with 2nd place in the Published Poetry category! You can read this and other poems from this book by visiting the poetry blog. Excerpt from the foreword:
These are two books that my husband, Tim, helped me compile when I couldn’t. I am grateful for his help. They were originally published as two separate eBooks in 2013. Both sections of this text contain many poems from my archives that I wrote as a teenager in Enid, Oklahoma. Due to the uncertainty about my being able to continue writing at the time of compilation, my aim was to archive everything that I had written thus far, good or bad, polished or raw. I wrote the newer selections of Abundant Sparks between October 2011 and May 2013 while I was still working and living in San Rafael. The newer pieces in Personal Archeology, on the other hand, I created between May 2013 and November 2013 during a time of uncertainty and personal reflection. The title poem examines a handful of my famous relatives, as I am distantly related to the following historical figures: Karl Ludwig Sand, Azeline Hearne, Dicey Langston, Jack Reed. Due to medical restrictions and a lack of inspiration following an injury that left me unable to type without severe pain, I ceased writing for the majority of 2014 until I attended my first open mic that December, which relit my inner poetic flame. I delayed releasing this paperback until 2015, coinciding with the release of Look Ma! No Hands! when dictation software allowed me to write again. This version was re-edited by the author in 2017, primarily because punctuation is the bane of my existence, leaving previous editions with too many errors to be ignored, and my poetry formatting style has since changed to not capitalize first letters of every line.

About the Author
D.L. Lang

D.L. Lang is the current Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She is the author of twelve books, and one spoken word album. She has featured at many events around the bay area, been interviewed on KPFA and KZCT, and her poetry has been anthologized in Light & Shadow, A Poet’s Siddur, and Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol 21. She is the editor of Verses, Voices, & Visions of Vallejo.

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D.L. Lang served as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California (2017-2019). She is the author of twelve books, and one spoken word album. Her poems have been published in the Benicia Herald, Jewish Journal, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, the Benicia First Tuesday Poets anthology Light & Shadow, and in A Poet’s Siddur: Friday Evening Liturgy through the Eyes of Poets. Lang has been a featured act at several events including the Vallejo Man March, Unity Day, Solidarity with Charlottesville, the Vallejo Women’s March, Families Belong Together, and International Peace Day. She is also a regular at Poetry by the Bay and lead the Poetry in Notion poetry circle. She has won ribbons and rosettes at the Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, and Solano County Fairs. Her poems have been transformed into songs, liturgy, and used as a means to advocate for causes.

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