Poetry

Vallejo Together

I performed the following poem as part of the Vallejo Poetry Showcase at Unity Day 2018. View the video here.

Vallejo Together

Here in a city of many faiths,

of many peoples 

from many lands

both near and far,

a kaleidoscope of folks,

speaking a tapestry of languages

that ring out in harmony

across our beautiful city,

as strangers become friends,

all together, holding hands,

under a smiling sun,

we come together.

We are forever tethered

by these city streets

from the bridges in the south

to the highways heading north

from the hills in the east

to the waters of the west

we are populated 

by people so sweet,

working together,

playing together,

living together.

Vallejo, together,

sisters and brothers,

fathers and mothers,

older and younger,

artists, students, workers,

singing, dancing,

chatting and laughing…

We join in celebration 

of our beautiful community,

joyous in our unity!

Together, we are Vallejo,

building up our city, together,

with love, unity, and respect.

We sit on the foundations

of past centuries,

growing a brighter future.

The Cafe of Dreams

The Cafe of Dreams

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Series: Chapbooks, Book 11
Genre: Poetry
ASIN: 1727159802
ISBN: 9781727159806

The Cafe of Dreams is 50 pages of new poetry by D.L. Lang, the Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California.

 

The Cafe of Dreams is D.L. Lang's 11th poetry book containing poetry written between April and August 2018. It is a mixture of autobiographical, spiritual, political, and nature poetry. It features the award winning poems “The 7 Words You Cannot Say in a ‘Free’ Country”, “Is”, “Forest Whisperings”, “The Woodpecker’s Beat”, and “Laugh With Me” and several selections written for events during D.L. Lang's tenure as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California including "Vallejo Together," "Why Poetry Matters," and "Time Unkept."

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The Cafe of Dreams Authored by D.L. Lang 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 Cafe of Dreams is D.L. Lang’s 11th poetry book containing poetry written between April and August 2018. It is a mixture of autobiographical, spiritual, political, and nature poetry. It features the award winning poems “The 7 Words You Cannot Say in a ‘Free’ Country”, “Is”, “Forest Whisperings”, “The Woodpecker’s Beat”, and “Laugh With Me” and several selections written for events during D.L. Lang’s tenure as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California including “Vallejo Together,” “Why Poetry Matters,” and “Time Unkept.” See previous blog posts containing poems from the Cafe of Dreams Preview on Google Books
List Price: $9.99
5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.852 x 19.837 cm) Black & White on White paper 58 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1727159806 ISBN-10: 1727159802 BISAC: Poetry / Women Authors
Smashwords ISBN: 9780463408872
The Cafe of Dreams is 50 pages of new poetry by D.L. Lang, the Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California.
Smashwords makes ebooks compatible with all major e-reading devices in .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf, .pdb, and plain text formats. The ebook is also available through Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Kobo, and Kindle. 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.   Complete list of poems included in this volume: Because It’s There Laugh With Me Haifa Rubble California Delta Free Them How to Swim Through a Tornado The Carpool of Vulnerability  Visiting Friends Looking for Home Vallejo Together These Streets of Dreamers Time Unkept Prayer Wild Choir Cliffnotes of a Conversation Wandering Angels Hope A Dream Fulfilled An Imagined Reincarnation Remembering my Name You Will Paradise Collectors Raisin A Starry Night Drive-thru Paradise Space Age Insomnia The Café of Dreams Learning how to Tell the Times Hairku? This Poetic Iceberg The Woodpecker’s Beat Generosity Heritage The Middle Ages Impermanence Upholding the System  For Johanna Forest Whisperings How Should A Poet Live? The 7 Words You Cannot Say in a “Free” Country Why Poetry Matters
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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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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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