poems from armor against the dawn



My generation is currently facing
a resurgence of racism similar to the 1920s,
an economic crisis that echoes back to the 1930s,
the threat of looming totalitarianism like we're back in the 1940s,

elders whose social standards were first broadcast in the 1950s,
taking our anger to the streets in protest like it's the 1960s,
fighting wars built upon national lies like we never left the 1970s,
suffering under trickle down politicians just like it's the 1980s,

and you wonder why all us 90s kids are feeling just a bit crazy,
but you judge us and say we're all just so entitled and lazy,
that wanting better opportunities and education is a pipe dream,
and how dare we decide that the best thing to do is fight this?

Should we just accept a life of poverty, low wages, and high prices,
as we waste the entire earth with wars and greed 
while ignoring the climate crisis?

It seems to me that there must be a better version of what life is. 

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

This poem was written shortly after the 2016 election. I dedicate it to my fellow millennials. Nearly all of my books contain topical poetry. A majority of the selections included in the book Armor Against the Dawn were post-election reflections such as this one.

Armor Against the Dawn

Armor Against the Dawn

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Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 8
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Format: Paperback
Length: 100 pages
ISBN: 9781540704993

Armor Against The Dawn is D.L. Lang's 8th book, largely comprised of topical poetry written in response to current events, politics, and the experience of local protests.

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As a collection of poems spanning pivotal subjects, Armor Against the Dawn is a complex representation of the poet’s passionate views. The collection is layered with expressive thought and candid revelations of the poet’s position on multiple current day social events. Insightful, as well as bold, the collection is infused with an underlying theme of a continual searching for answers, for understanding, and for resolution.
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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