tea and sprockets

The Youth

The Youth


Dusty leather boots scratching 
pavement littered with 
cigarettes smoked by 
scruffy teens in their 
dusty leather jackets 
hanging on clotheslines 
of their mother's 
day was yesterday 
youth ate sandwiches 
of turkey is a country 
on rye bread 
is hard to earn 
wearing dusty leather 
boots scratching 
back on the pavement. 




This is a throwback poem from a previously published book. I’ll be posting throwbacks every Wednesday.

This poem appears in the book Tea & Sprockets. I wrote it sometime in my early 20s when I used to carry a notebook around and scratch out whatever I could during a day off or a lunch break.

Tea & Sprockets

Tea & Sprockets

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Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 1
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2011
Length: 150 pages
ASIN: B002SBA01S
ISBN: 1467900370

Tea & Sprockets is D.L. Lang's debut poetry book. This collection spans 15 years of work, encompassing poems from 1995 to 2010. Across the 106 selected poems, Lang weaves together themes of love and friendship, death and loss, war and peace.

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Reviews of Tea & Sprockets: Tea and Sprockets is honest. The poems speak of isolation, of feeling different from one’s peers, of living in a time of perpetual war. However, Tea and Sprockets also speaks of enduring love, hope and a longing for peace within the poet and for the entire world. Thank you for giving your work to the world, D.L. Lang. That, itself, is a great act of peace. – Amy Gioletti, Author of the poetry collection Woman Bone Dinah said the thoughts in her poems echoed throughout her soul until finding their way into this book. By the end, they were echoing throughout my soul. – Gary Thaller The poems are robust, well crafted and pull the reader into the web of the author’s imagination and emotion all the while leaving room for the reader to interpret to suit. Those concerning losses especially spoke to me but there were many others that explored the joy of life that were just as moving. – Karen Bryant Doering D.L. Lang writes with clarity, wit and meaning. Totally worth the price of admission, just don’t let the little Kindle light keep you up at night reading it. – Ed Zimmerman Tea & Sprockets: A Modern American Poetry Book is a soulful collection of over a hundred poems that will make you laugh, make you think, and leave you breathless. If you’re a lifelong fan of poetry or just looking for a good place to get started, this book is for you! — The Kindle Fire Department Description: Tea & Sprockets: A Modern American Poetry Book is a contemporary poetry collection by modern American poet D.L. Lang. This 150 page single author anthology spans 15 years of work encompassing poems from 1995 to 2010. Across the 106 selected poems, Lang weaves together themes of love and friendship, death and loss, war and peace. Previous editions: The very first edition was published in October 2004 on Cafepress and had only 115 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4524-3767-5 (Smashwords distributed ebook) ASIN: B002SBA01S (Kindle ebook) ISBN: 978-1-62209-685-5 (2013 Kindle edition) Be sure to check out the recordings section of this website, as both the songs “Last Chance Disaster” and “Oh, my Chameleon Perceptions” are derived from poetry appearing in this book. Excerpt from the preface to the 2017 edition:
What can I say about Tea & Sprockets? This book has been through several incarnations, containing the largely uncensored thoughts of an adolescent poet between the ages of 12 and 25, skewing more towards the teenager side than the 20-something. In 1994 I was sitting in my Enid, Oklahoma bedroom reading Moses Horowitz’s book, Moe Howard and the Three Stooges, absorbing all of his vaudevillian and slapstick memories, when I came across a passage about his decision to start acting at age 11. Imagine that! I too, was 11 years old! What did I want to be? I wanted to be a writer. Sure, I also wanted to be a cartoonist and an actress, but I knew that I loved to write. I started out writing elaborate fan fiction stories using members of my favorite bands or favorite comedy troupes as characters across various time periods. I also toyed with writing a western and a young adult novel. The only poem in this book from age 11 is “Surf Clown,” which came to me at Champlin Pool in Enid while my friends and I were using the floatation devices floating as underwater surfboards. It was inspired by my love of ’60s surfer music and came to me in a form that can only be described as a surf rap song. I recall a teacher writing on a copy of the poem, “Brian Wilson would be proud!” When I was 14, our 1992 DOS computer decided to implode, and I learned a valuable lesson—always back up your writing! This sparked a desire to preserve my writing for posterity, publishing poetry collections for myself above all, regardless of sales. Due to the rap format, I had memorized “Surf Clown,” and following the computer crash, was able to rewrite it quite easily. At age 26 I tried to attempt this sort of surfing again, and got in trouble with the life guards at the local JCC, as the board kept popping up above the water, leading to a couple near misses with swimmers’ heads! “The Outsider” is one of my favorite poems from this period. I decided to take pride in my not fitting in with this poem. It is thanks to my 7th grade science teacher that I even have a copy. She had loved the poem so much that she asked for a copy, so I wrote to her when my computer crashed years later. I was sitting in 10th grade French class, when I received a paper copy, for which I am grateful. By 13 I had further developed a penchant for ‘60s music, and my thinking was forever altered by the introduction of the surrealist and pacifist-leaning lyrics of the 1960s, sparking my own creative renaissance at 13, so for all the pre-teen poetry that was lost, it did not take long to generate more. As with most teenagers, especially ones who face bullying and suffer from low self-esteem as I did, my poetry at the time expresses a lot of angst. I find many of these poems to be a painful read 20 years later. I might not have ever published many of the sad poems within this volume if this now 30-something poet was the original editor, yet I leave them here to honor who I was at the time, for it was my struggles that formed the foundations of the person I am today, leaving me with a greater sense of gratitude for just how far I’ve come. At age 17, I wrote my own autobiography, a fascinating relic that speaks volumes of my own personal psychology at the time. That manuscript is likely to remain unpublished, yet the foreword to it is the “know something of my past” text that appears at the beginning of Tea & Sprockets. “Last Chance Disaster” came to me as a song in 2004 with an entirely different melody than the song that was later produced by my musician friends, Jon, Grey, and Mikey in 2011. The poems “Perceptions,” “My My,” “Chameleon,” and “Unexnon” later became the lyrics to Grey’s song, “Oh, My Chameleon Perceptions.” “The Rest Seven” was written extremely fast in July of 2005 as a sort of a stream of consciousness experiment. It was a linguistic flood similar to how [The Monologue] came to me as a teenager. “The War” was my teenage understanding of how every human has the capacity for both good and evil, and it remains one of my favorite poems.
Tea and Sprockets
All the many covers of Tea & Sprockets throughout the years. Only the 2011 editions forward had an ISBN.
Complete list of included poems:
Table of Poetry Where? The War [the monologue?] Unexnon Unbalanced Versifier Tunnel Tranquoizier Words to Say Time I Won’t Why? Surf Clown Stepping Stone Smile Short Sheep Shaft Salad Rumours Rows Rood Roman Clock Ridin’ Revolve Return Restlessness Real The Race Quest of Questions Quartered Puppet Masters Priority Perceptions Pense For Pence Naive Observations of a Situational Pacifist The Outsider Wishing For the Old Times Now, Never, And Whenever Not Today Nothing to Do With Me Nosirrom Te Nampa[H]Ch No More Sanity Memoimich Misunderstood Word Smith Midnight Sunset Meop Koobeton Fountain (1935) Last Chance Disaster Anger 1:13 AM Back, But Forth Do I Know? Drowning Earth Vanish Eluded Illusions Of The Delusional Diluted Disillusionment Exist Focused When It All Goes Away Good Goodbye Wind In The Grass Haze Intrigued Itisismolationology Learned Synthetic Lies Life Live Lost Seemingly The Rest Seven Dead End Heroes of Age The Experience Of Technical Difficulties Life Cubed The Vacuum 925 The Rat Race Universal Youth Nail Clipper Chameleon Hallucination Office Supply The Youth Silenced The Wordsmith’s Disease Earth When The Clouds Were Crying Notice Rough Draft Rainy Day My My Poetry Scum Unspoken Message Believe and Receive I Am Amatalia Pedal The Bicycle On The Empty Soul Blinded From Speech Blinding Light Blue Zone Bright Ideas Yahrzeit Your Wonder 180° My Reflection Wondering Where We’re Wandering L’Adonai
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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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