Author: D.L. Lang

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, Poetry Expressed, The Frost Meadow Review, the Benicia First Tuesday Poets anthology Light & Shadow, Marin Poetry Center Anthology Vol XXI, and in A Poet’s Siddur: Friday Evening Liturgy through the Eyes of Poets. Lang has been a featured act at numerous 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.
Poems from the book Look Ma No Hands

What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology

What's In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology


My name is "Divine Light" 
daughter of "Protection Son of Home Ruler"
and "Rock Ready for Battle Forever 
Magical Being of Strength,"


sister of "He who Supplants a Mountain of Strength,"
whose middle name was spelled like "coffin"
and sadly there he rests.


and my sister "Evergreen Reborn" thrives
in her adopted family, "Friends of Horses."


Our "Teapot" family motto, 
"Overcome evil with good."
My dad's family is from "Holy Faith".
We lived for five years in "Man's Defender".


My home town is "Soul" related to "to Breathe."
We rented one room for eight years 
in "Saint Healing God."
I was Hebrew renamed to "Light Judgment."


I married "God's Honoring Freeman"
who was a "Cornerstone",
rejecting the "Oath of Nobility" of his father,
And deciding to be as "Long"
as is his mother, "Joyous Song Full of Mercy"


We settled down, high in the hills 
of the city of "Valley."




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

I looked up the definitions of names from my family and some of the places I had lived across my lifetime to create this absurd poem in 2015.

What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology from Happy Accidents
Look Ma! No Hands!

Look Ma! No Hands!

$15.00$9.99eBook: $1.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 4
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2014
Length: 150 pages
ASIN: B0797MKP9Y
ISBN: 1511726504

Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang's fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California.

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About the Book
Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang’s fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. Preview on Google Books You can read poetry featured in Look Ma! No Hands! by visiting the poetry blog. Several poems from this book also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents: L’chayim, Wake Up, Kid!, My Shul, What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology, What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon, Dissolving Lines, Hiking is Never Alone, These Hands, Peace is…, To my Soul Tribe, Love is Anarchy, Defrosting Frogcicles Excerpt from the foreword:
Look Ma! No Hands! is my fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. It is a book whose poems are largely about struggling to find the courage to take risks, gearing up another leap of faith in the midst of healing from past failures. Of all my books it is the most spiritual, the most Jewish, and one of the more autobiographical books. It represents a renewal of spirituality in my life during a time of struggle. It predates my entrance into political poetry, although there are certainly hints of that spark within its pages. The newer poems in this volume were written between December 2014 and April of 2015. It also contains many poems from childhood creative writing archives that I had not previously had access to at the time of compiling my first three books, including “Ridin’ Along” the lyrics to a song I wrote at age 10. The poems “L’chayim,” “Wake Up, Kid!,” “My Shul,” “What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology,” “What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon,” “Dissolving Lines,” “Hiking is Never Alone,” “These Hands,” “Peace is…,” “To my Soul Tribe,” “Love is Anarchy,” and “Defrosting Frogcicles” also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents. I invite you to find them on your favorite streaming service so I can read them to you. Due to my health, I had largely ceased to write during 2014 until a poetry open mic at my synagogue and the encouragement of friends relit my creative spark, and dictation software allowed me to be able to edit books again. This book was originally released in April 2015, as a result. Both the titles of Happy Accidents and Look Ma! No Hands! humorously allude to the fact that at the time of creation I was exploring new methods of expressing myself creatively and poetically without relying on my hands due to pain. My previous penchant for filmmaking, cartooning, and data entry had become unbearable. This ultimately lead me in the direction of spoken word recordings and performing at open mics as a creative outlet and attempt to remain a poet and hang onto the dream even if it has to remain in the realm of hobby and not career. This book was re-edited in 2017, largely for the same reasons that I re-edited Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology: a change in style where I no longer capitalize the first letter of each line, a desire to add more spacing between stanzas, and punctuation being the bane of my existence to where the errors in the previous edition were so numerous that I could no longer ignore them.
  Complete list of poems included in this volume:  Connection Inspired Friendships Baggage Issues To my Strawberry Fields If you want to be a Poet What Shore? Performing Seeing Passover Genetic Reincarnations Words Parked on the Bay Right Here Why I go to Shul Reality of Coping Going Back The Nebula Paths Wounds of Reality Home Alma Mater Penguin Soul Purim Seeing Differently Rededicated Something of Substance A Spiritual Alternate Reality Slowing Time Look Ma, No Hands! Seeing Beyond the Surface Side Road Panic Flights of Fancy Transformed Beach Bum Thoughts A State That Lacks Hate Johnny My Comrades Just Live! The Traveller In Favor of Silence Silent Darkness Catnip A Penguin In Flight Escape From Clouds The Invisible Grin Rainy Day Laughing Alone The Friend Ship Place Of Hope Valley Ho Room Who Knows Of Hidden Dreams Unconditional Surrender to Boundless Love Temporary Existence Ridin’ Along Shrunk Dawning of the Day Tale Of The Shy L’chayim Your Question Radical Acceptance Living Judaism Where My Heart Is Free Awakened to my Dreams! Getting More Than You Bargained For, Or The Downside Of Hugging Freely My Egypt Is Oklahoma Smiling Is A Drug Living In Between Entering the Runway, Reluctantly. Wake Up, Kid! Teshuvah Can You See? Seeing Myself In Your Soul Storytelling Next Year Wisdom in Unorthodox Places Dropping the Fear My Jewish Stomach When You Understand Failure Who I Am No Angel Growing My Soul Oh Christmas Tree The Magic of This Place My Shul The Things You Say To Me Our Street Has a Curse Enumerations of the Soul Peacenik What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology Weekending The Hurt Is this Lost or Found? This Grateful Yid Disability is… The Sign of Humility is Reversed Acting of Love and Fear The Miracles I am the Stranger You Know Awe The Constipated Heart It is Good What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon These Hands Uprising Faith Art is Love Relationships Peace is… To my Soul Tribe The Fourth Evolution My Family of Choice Judaismisms When Tragedy is a Blessing Love is Anarchy Talking Hiking is Never Alone Dissolving Lines Saying Yes to Love Starving Artists Defrosting Frogcicles I don’t say my prayers! Tonight When You’re Grateful Hippie Hill Random Reflections Hanging On Generation Distraction On Imitations of Greatness  
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.

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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Poems from the book Look Ma No Hands

Wake Up, Kid!

Wake Up, Kid!


May there come a day when
the music moves you beyond dancing
Joyfully alone in your living room
and into the streets, changing the world.

You can lie around singing along to protest songs,
reading poetry, and admiring past revolutions,
or you can get up and do something,
because the work is never done.

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

I felt my inner activist rekindling within and wrote these words to myself sometime in early 2015.

Wake Up, Kid! from Happy Accidents

Look Ma! No Hands!

Look Ma! No Hands!

$15.00$9.99eBook: $1.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 4
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2014
Length: 150 pages
ASIN: B0797MKP9Y
ISBN: 1511726504

Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang's fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California.

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About the Book
Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang’s fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. Preview on Google Books You can read poetry featured in Look Ma! No Hands! by visiting the poetry blog. Several poems from this book also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents: L’chayim, Wake Up, Kid!, My Shul, What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology, What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon, Dissolving Lines, Hiking is Never Alone, These Hands, Peace is…, To my Soul Tribe, Love is Anarchy, Defrosting Frogcicles Excerpt from the foreword:
Look Ma! No Hands! is my fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. It is a book whose poems are largely about struggling to find the courage to take risks, gearing up another leap of faith in the midst of healing from past failures. Of all my books it is the most spiritual, the most Jewish, and one of the more autobiographical books. It represents a renewal of spirituality in my life during a time of struggle. It predates my entrance into political poetry, although there are certainly hints of that spark within its pages. The newer poems in this volume were written between December 2014 and April of 2015. It also contains many poems from childhood creative writing archives that I had not previously had access to at the time of compiling my first three books, including “Ridin’ Along” the lyrics to a song I wrote at age 10. The poems “L’chayim,” “Wake Up, Kid!,” “My Shul,” “What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology,” “What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon,” “Dissolving Lines,” “Hiking is Never Alone,” “These Hands,” “Peace is…,” “To my Soul Tribe,” “Love is Anarchy,” and “Defrosting Frogcicles” also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents. I invite you to find them on your favorite streaming service so I can read them to you. Due to my health, I had largely ceased to write during 2014 until a poetry open mic at my synagogue and the encouragement of friends relit my creative spark, and dictation software allowed me to be able to edit books again. This book was originally released in April 2015, as a result. Both the titles of Happy Accidents and Look Ma! No Hands! humorously allude to the fact that at the time of creation I was exploring new methods of expressing myself creatively and poetically without relying on my hands due to pain. My previous penchant for filmmaking, cartooning, and data entry had become unbearable. This ultimately lead me in the direction of spoken word recordings and performing at open mics as a creative outlet and attempt to remain a poet and hang onto the dream even if it has to remain in the realm of hobby and not career. This book was re-edited in 2017, largely for the same reasons that I re-edited Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology: a change in style where I no longer capitalize the first letter of each line, a desire to add more spacing between stanzas, and punctuation being the bane of my existence to where the errors in the previous edition were so numerous that I could no longer ignore them.
  Complete list of poems included in this volume:  Connection Inspired Friendships Baggage Issues To my Strawberry Fields If you want to be a Poet What Shore? Performing Seeing Passover Genetic Reincarnations Words Parked on the Bay Right Here Why I go to Shul Reality of Coping Going Back The Nebula Paths Wounds of Reality Home Alma Mater Penguin Soul Purim Seeing Differently Rededicated Something of Substance A Spiritual Alternate Reality Slowing Time Look Ma, No Hands! Seeing Beyond the Surface Side Road Panic Flights of Fancy Transformed Beach Bum Thoughts A State That Lacks Hate Johnny My Comrades Just Live! The Traveller In Favor of Silence Silent Darkness Catnip A Penguin In Flight Escape From Clouds The Invisible Grin Rainy Day Laughing Alone The Friend Ship Place Of Hope Valley Ho Room Who Knows Of Hidden Dreams Unconditional Surrender to Boundless Love Temporary Existence Ridin’ Along Shrunk Dawning of the Day Tale Of The Shy L’chayim Your Question Radical Acceptance Living Judaism Where My Heart Is Free Awakened to my Dreams! Getting More Than You Bargained For, Or The Downside Of Hugging Freely My Egypt Is Oklahoma Smiling Is A Drug Living In Between Entering the Runway, Reluctantly. Wake Up, Kid! Teshuvah Can You See? Seeing Myself In Your Soul Storytelling Next Year Wisdom in Unorthodox Places Dropping the Fear My Jewish Stomach When You Understand Failure Who I Am No Angel Growing My Soul Oh Christmas Tree The Magic of This Place My Shul The Things You Say To Me Our Street Has a Curse Enumerations of the Soul Peacenik What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology Weekending The Hurt Is this Lost or Found? This Grateful Yid Disability is… The Sign of Humility is Reversed Acting of Love and Fear The Miracles I am the Stranger You Know Awe The Constipated Heart It is Good What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon These Hands Uprising Faith Art is Love Relationships Peace is… To my Soul Tribe The Fourth Evolution My Family of Choice Judaismisms When Tragedy is a Blessing Love is Anarchy Talking Hiking is Never Alone Dissolving Lines Saying Yes to Love Starving Artists Defrosting Frogcicles I don’t say my prayers! Tonight When You’re Grateful Hippie Hill Random Reflections Hanging On Generation Distraction On Imitations of Greatness  
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.

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).

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Poems from the book Look Ma No Hands

Ridin’ Along

Ridin’ Along


Ridin’ along that western trail.
Just wonderin’ if I will ever make it home.
Clippity clop bangity bang.
Wonderin’ what Pool’s is cooking up now.

When we get back I got some plans.
I am going to Pool’s to cook me up a dinner of mmmmm.
It’s really good.
Yummy oh yummy, I like it,
but then again I am still on the trail.

I waited for some grub.
I ain't got no food,
while I am riding along that western trail.
Be dum do wah.

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

I wrote these words at age 10. They were song lyrics inspired by the games my neighborhood friends and I played together in Oklahoma, pretending we were in the old west, dressing up as gunslingers, and listening to country songs. This is the oldest piece of my writing that I have that could be called poetry circa 1993. I must have been hungry when I wrote it. Pool’s was a saloon that we made up based on a fly button I had from some jeans that had Pool’s written on it. We had our own imaginary play world as kids do.

Look Ma! No Hands!

Look Ma! No Hands!

$15.00$9.99eBook: $1.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 4
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2014
Length: 150 pages
ASIN: B0797MKP9Y
ISBN: 1511726504

Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang's fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California.

Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from GoodReads
Buy from Book Depository
Buy from CreateSpace
Buy from Barnes and Noble
Buy from Amazon
About the Book
Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang’s fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. Preview on Google Books You can read poetry featured in Look Ma! No Hands! by visiting the poetry blog. Several poems from this book also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents: L’chayim, Wake Up, Kid!, My Shul, What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology, What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon, Dissolving Lines, Hiking is Never Alone, These Hands, Peace is…, To my Soul Tribe, Love is Anarchy, Defrosting Frogcicles Excerpt from the foreword:
Look Ma! No Hands! is my fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. It is a book whose poems are largely about struggling to find the courage to take risks, gearing up another leap of faith in the midst of healing from past failures. Of all my books it is the most spiritual, the most Jewish, and one of the more autobiographical books. It represents a renewal of spirituality in my life during a time of struggle. It predates my entrance into political poetry, although there are certainly hints of that spark within its pages. The newer poems in this volume were written between December 2014 and April of 2015. It also contains many poems from childhood creative writing archives that I had not previously had access to at the time of compiling my first three books, including “Ridin’ Along” the lyrics to a song I wrote at age 10. The poems “L’chayim,” “Wake Up, Kid!,” “My Shul,” “What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology,” “What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon,” “Dissolving Lines,” “Hiking is Never Alone,” “These Hands,” “Peace is…,” “To my Soul Tribe,” “Love is Anarchy,” and “Defrosting Frogcicles” also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents. I invite you to find them on your favorite streaming service so I can read them to you. Due to my health, I had largely ceased to write during 2014 until a poetry open mic at my synagogue and the encouragement of friends relit my creative spark, and dictation software allowed me to be able to edit books again. This book was originally released in April 2015, as a result. Both the titles of Happy Accidents and Look Ma! No Hands! humorously allude to the fact that at the time of creation I was exploring new methods of expressing myself creatively and poetically without relying on my hands due to pain. My previous penchant for filmmaking, cartooning, and data entry had become unbearable. This ultimately lead me in the direction of spoken word recordings and performing at open mics as a creative outlet and attempt to remain a poet and hang onto the dream even if it has to remain in the realm of hobby and not career. This book was re-edited in 2017, largely for the same reasons that I re-edited Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology: a change in style where I no longer capitalize the first letter of each line, a desire to add more spacing between stanzas, and punctuation being the bane of my existence to where the errors in the previous edition were so numerous that I could no longer ignore them.
  Complete list of poems included in this volume:  Connection Inspired Friendships Baggage Issues To my Strawberry Fields If you want to be a Poet What Shore? Performing Seeing Passover Genetic Reincarnations Words Parked on the Bay Right Here Why I go to Shul Reality of Coping Going Back The Nebula Paths Wounds of Reality Home Alma Mater Penguin Soul Purim Seeing Differently Rededicated Something of Substance A Spiritual Alternate Reality Slowing Time Look Ma, No Hands! Seeing Beyond the Surface Side Road Panic Flights of Fancy Transformed Beach Bum Thoughts A State That Lacks Hate Johnny My Comrades Just Live! The Traveller In Favor of Silence Silent Darkness Catnip A Penguin In Flight Escape From Clouds The Invisible Grin Rainy Day Laughing Alone The Friend Ship Place Of Hope Valley Ho Room Who Knows Of Hidden Dreams Unconditional Surrender to Boundless Love Temporary Existence Ridin’ Along Shrunk Dawning of the Day Tale Of The Shy L’chayim Your Question Radical Acceptance Living Judaism Where My Heart Is Free Awakened to my Dreams! Getting More Than You Bargained For, Or The Downside Of Hugging Freely My Egypt Is Oklahoma Smiling Is A Drug Living In Between Entering the Runway, Reluctantly. Wake Up, Kid! Teshuvah Can You See? Seeing Myself In Your Soul Storytelling Next Year Wisdom in Unorthodox Places Dropping the Fear My Jewish Stomach When You Understand Failure Who I Am No Angel Growing My Soul Oh Christmas Tree The Magic of This Place My Shul The Things You Say To Me Our Street Has a Curse Enumerations of the Soul Peacenik What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology Weekending The Hurt Is this Lost or Found? This Grateful Yid Disability is… The Sign of Humility is Reversed Acting of Love and Fear The Miracles I am the Stranger You Know Awe The Constipated Heart It is Good What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon These Hands Uprising Faith Art is Love Relationships Peace is… To my Soul Tribe The Fourth Evolution My Family of Choice Judaismisms When Tragedy is a Blessing Love is Anarchy Talking Hiking is Never Alone Dissolving Lines Saying Yes to Love Starving Artists Defrosting Frogcicles I don’t say my prayers! Tonight When You’re Grateful Hippie Hill Random Reflections Hanging On Generation Distraction On Imitations of Greatness  
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.

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).

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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California Poems, Poems from the book Look Ma No Hands

Right Here

Right Here


Wandering the city of my dreams,
with my grandfather's spirit in my mind,
accompanying me into old fashioned arcades,
staring across the bay and sending love to friends who sail it.


We wander around on this merry go round of love, 
finding the candy stores of our souls.
I dined on a heart attack between buns,
I longed for slower times,
and I received them.


The man behind the bush no longer causes me to jump,
I gladly ask strangers for photos,
I connect with traveling Texans.
and a man said, "You're a steam punk,"
when here I was thinking of hippies.


This life is a candy store,
but it takes trying new things
to figure out what's sweetest,
and sometimes all you find
is that the marzipan still ain't your bag.




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

I was wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco sometime in the spring of 2015 and these lines came to me.

Look Ma! No Hands!

Look Ma! No Hands!

$15.00$9.99eBook: $1.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 4
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2014
Length: 150 pages
ASIN: B0797MKP9Y
ISBN: 1511726504

Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang's fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California.

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Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang’s fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. Preview on Google Books You can read poetry featured in Look Ma! No Hands! by visiting the poetry blog. Several poems from this book also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents: L’chayim, Wake Up, Kid!, My Shul, What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology, What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon, Dissolving Lines, Hiking is Never Alone, These Hands, Peace is…, To my Soul Tribe, Love is Anarchy, Defrosting Frogcicles Excerpt from the foreword:
Look Ma! No Hands! is my fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. It is a book whose poems are largely about struggling to find the courage to take risks, gearing up another leap of faith in the midst of healing from past failures. Of all my books it is the most spiritual, the most Jewish, and one of the more autobiographical books. It represents a renewal of spirituality in my life during a time of struggle. It predates my entrance into political poetry, although there are certainly hints of that spark within its pages. The newer poems in this volume were written between December 2014 and April of 2015. It also contains many poems from childhood creative writing archives that I had not previously had access to at the time of compiling my first three books, including “Ridin’ Along” the lyrics to a song I wrote at age 10. The poems “L’chayim,” “Wake Up, Kid!,” “My Shul,” “What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology,” “What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon,” “Dissolving Lines,” “Hiking is Never Alone,” “These Hands,” “Peace is…,” “To my Soul Tribe,” “Love is Anarchy,” and “Defrosting Frogcicles” also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents. I invite you to find them on your favorite streaming service so I can read them to you. Due to my health, I had largely ceased to write during 2014 until a poetry open mic at my synagogue and the encouragement of friends relit my creative spark, and dictation software allowed me to be able to edit books again. This book was originally released in April 2015, as a result. Both the titles of Happy Accidents and Look Ma! No Hands! humorously allude to the fact that at the time of creation I was exploring new methods of expressing myself creatively and poetically without relying on my hands due to pain. My previous penchant for filmmaking, cartooning, and data entry had become unbearable. This ultimately lead me in the direction of spoken word recordings and performing at open mics as a creative outlet and attempt to remain a poet and hang onto the dream even if it has to remain in the realm of hobby and not career. This book was re-edited in 2017, largely for the same reasons that I re-edited Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology: a change in style where I no longer capitalize the first letter of each line, a desire to add more spacing between stanzas, and punctuation being the bane of my existence to where the errors in the previous edition were so numerous that I could no longer ignore them.
  Complete list of poems included in this volume:  Connection Inspired Friendships Baggage Issues To my Strawberry Fields If you want to be a Poet What Shore? Performing Seeing Passover Genetic Reincarnations Words Parked on the Bay Right Here Why I go to Shul Reality of Coping Going Back The Nebula Paths Wounds of Reality Home Alma Mater Penguin Soul Purim Seeing Differently Rededicated Something of Substance A Spiritual Alternate Reality Slowing Time Look Ma, No Hands! Seeing Beyond the Surface Side Road Panic Flights of Fancy Transformed Beach Bum Thoughts A State That Lacks Hate Johnny My Comrades Just Live! The Traveller In Favor of Silence Silent Darkness Catnip A Penguin In Flight Escape From Clouds The Invisible Grin Rainy Day Laughing Alone The Friend Ship Place Of Hope Valley Ho Room Who Knows Of Hidden Dreams Unconditional Surrender to Boundless Love Temporary Existence Ridin’ Along Shrunk Dawning of the Day Tale Of The Shy L’chayim Your Question Radical Acceptance Living Judaism Where My Heart Is Free Awakened to my Dreams! Getting More Than You Bargained For, Or The Downside Of Hugging Freely My Egypt Is Oklahoma Smiling Is A Drug Living In Between Entering the Runway, Reluctantly. Wake Up, Kid! Teshuvah Can You See? Seeing Myself In Your Soul Storytelling Next Year Wisdom in Unorthodox Places Dropping the Fear My Jewish Stomach When You Understand Failure Who I Am No Angel Growing My Soul Oh Christmas Tree The Magic of This Place My Shul The Things You Say To Me Our Street Has a Curse Enumerations of the Soul Peacenik What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology Weekending The Hurt Is this Lost or Found? This Grateful Yid Disability is… The Sign of Humility is Reversed Acting of Love and Fear The Miracles I am the Stranger You Know Awe The Constipated Heart It is Good What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon These Hands Uprising Faith Art is Love Relationships Peace is… To my Soul Tribe The Fourth Evolution My Family of Choice Judaismisms When Tragedy is a Blessing Love is Anarchy Talking Hiking is Never Alone Dissolving Lines Saying Yes to Love Starving Artists Defrosting Frogcicles I don’t say my prayers! Tonight When You’re Grateful Hippie Hill Random Reflections Hanging On Generation Distraction On Imitations of Greatness  
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.

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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Poems from the book Look Ma No Hands

Home

Home


I am filled with gratitude.
Everything is a blessing.
Never more grateful.


I may not possess the riches
of an earthly existence,
but I am content in your arms.

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

A poem of gratitude after returning home that appears in the book Look Ma, No Hands!

Look Ma! No Hands!

Look Ma! No Hands!

$15.00$9.99eBook: $1.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 4
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2014
Length: 150 pages
ASIN: B0797MKP9Y
ISBN: 1511726504

Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang's fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California.

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About the Book
Look Ma! No Hands! is D.L. Lang’s fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. Preview on Google Books You can read poetry featured in Look Ma! No Hands! by visiting the poetry blog. Several poems from this book also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents: L’chayim, Wake Up, Kid!, My Shul, What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology, What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon, Dissolving Lines, Hiking is Never Alone, These Hands, Peace is…, To my Soul Tribe, Love is Anarchy, Defrosting Frogcicles Excerpt from the foreword:
Look Ma! No Hands! is my fourth poetry book, containing old poetry from old papers once forgotten, and new poems from a surge of inspiration. This 150 page poetry collection is part fantasy, part autobiography, part prayer book, part honoring my inner child, part Jewish, part hippie, part Oklahoma, part California. It is a book whose poems are largely about struggling to find the courage to take risks, gearing up another leap of faith in the midst of healing from past failures. Of all my books it is the most spiritual, the most Jewish, and one of the more autobiographical books. It represents a renewal of spirituality in my life during a time of struggle. It predates my entrance into political poetry, although there are certainly hints of that spark within its pages. The newer poems in this volume were written between December 2014 and April of 2015. It also contains many poems from childhood creative writing archives that I had not previously had access to at the time of compiling my first three books, including “Ridin’ Along” the lyrics to a song I wrote at age 10. The poems “L’chayim,” “Wake Up, Kid!,” “My Shul,” “What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology,” “What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon,” “Dissolving Lines,” “Hiking is Never Alone,” “These Hands,” “Peace is…,” “To my Soul Tribe,” “Love is Anarchy,” and “Defrosting Frogcicles” also appear on my spoken word album Happy Accidents. I invite you to find them on your favorite streaming service so I can read them to you. Due to my health, I had largely ceased to write during 2014 until a poetry open mic at my synagogue and the encouragement of friends relit my creative spark, and dictation software allowed me to be able to edit books again. This book was originally released in April 2015, as a result. Both the titles of Happy Accidents and Look Ma! No Hands! humorously allude to the fact that at the time of creation I was exploring new methods of expressing myself creatively and poetically without relying on my hands due to pain. My previous penchant for filmmaking, cartooning, and data entry had become unbearable. This ultimately lead me in the direction of spoken word recordings and performing at open mics as a creative outlet and attempt to remain a poet and hang onto the dream even if it has to remain in the realm of hobby and not career. This book was re-edited in 2017, largely for the same reasons that I re-edited Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology: a change in style where I no longer capitalize the first letter of each line, a desire to add more spacing between stanzas, and punctuation being the bane of my existence to where the errors in the previous edition were so numerous that I could no longer ignore them.
  Complete list of poems included in this volume:  Connection Inspired Friendships Baggage Issues To my Strawberry Fields If you want to be a Poet What Shore? Performing Seeing Passover Genetic Reincarnations Words Parked on the Bay Right Here Why I go to Shul Reality of Coping Going Back The Nebula Paths Wounds of Reality Home Alma Mater Penguin Soul Purim Seeing Differently Rededicated Something of Substance A Spiritual Alternate Reality Slowing Time Look Ma, No Hands! Seeing Beyond the Surface Side Road Panic Flights of Fancy Transformed Beach Bum Thoughts A State That Lacks Hate Johnny My Comrades Just Live! The Traveller In Favor of Silence Silent Darkness Catnip A Penguin In Flight Escape From Clouds The Invisible Grin Rainy Day Laughing Alone The Friend Ship Place Of Hope Valley Ho Room Who Knows Of Hidden Dreams Unconditional Surrender to Boundless Love Temporary Existence Ridin’ Along Shrunk Dawning of the Day Tale Of The Shy L’chayim Your Question Radical Acceptance Living Judaism Where My Heart Is Free Awakened to my Dreams! Getting More Than You Bargained For, Or The Downside Of Hugging Freely My Egypt Is Oklahoma Smiling Is A Drug Living In Between Entering the Runway, Reluctantly. Wake Up, Kid! Teshuvah Can You See? Seeing Myself In Your Soul Storytelling Next Year Wisdom in Unorthodox Places Dropping the Fear My Jewish Stomach When You Understand Failure Who I Am No Angel Growing My Soul Oh Christmas Tree The Magic of This Place My Shul The Things You Say To Me Our Street Has a Curse Enumerations of the Soul Peacenik What’s In A Name? Or Fun With Etymology Weekending The Hurt Is this Lost or Found? This Grateful Yid Disability is… The Sign of Humility is Reversed Acting of Love and Fear The Miracles I am the Stranger You Know Awe The Constipated Heart It is Good What I Learned One Stanford Afternoon These Hands Uprising Faith Art is Love Relationships Peace is… To my Soul Tribe The Fourth Evolution My Family of Choice Judaismisms When Tragedy is a Blessing Love is Anarchy Talking Hiking is Never Alone Dissolving Lines Saying Yes to Love Starving Artists Defrosting Frogcicles I don’t say my prayers! Tonight When You’re Grateful Hippie Hill Random Reflections Hanging On Generation Distraction On Imitations of Greatness  
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.

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).

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Poems from the book Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology

The Snarkadelic Word Smith Awaits the Penguin Whisperer

The Snarkadelic Word Smith Awaits the Penguin Whisperer


Standing in the dark haze of the alley way.
Every breath sends a chilly fog into the night.
The stars long since blotted out of the sky by
manufactured neon bulbs flickering in their
inconsistent rhythms like an erratic heartbeat
spooked by unknown sounds and thoughts
unchained in incessant regurgitation
lying awake at midnight between consciousness and dreaming.


The mind rambles on like the city streets
never failing in their constant symphony of horns.
The cries of those wandering souls long since
forgotten by the society that claims to care:
the politicians, photo ops, guilt-driven good deeds,
the jaded jerks with their assumptions 
of panhandling no-goodniks,
passing by in their 2400-dollar suits and brightly shined shoes,
never giving second thought to the down and out.


Sleep is a luxury in these days of twenty-four hour shifts.
Electric suns destroying rhythms here since before time.
Machines built without off buttons are clicking round the clock.
Coffee cups overflowing. 
Endless refills of a caffeinated generation
walking past art and beauty in a haste, a waste, laser focused
on problems man-made and trivial 
while eyes grow beet red dead tired in a race to see what machinery will wear down its rusted elements.
In a final cry of acquiescence, 
its bones and bolts no longer fit to serve.


Taxis screaming down the street in hurried impatience
as I glance towards the calm dance of a paper bag flying in the wind.
The ever present ticking of the silver encrusted pocket watch
hanging from the stranger’s trench coat, shakes me from my dream.


Here he has delivered in simple whisper 
the keys that unlock that next lexicon
destined to pass from my weary fingers onto simple paper.
As if on immovable cue by some divine puppetry,
 my reluctant muse, the penguin,
disappears into the night,
leaving this word smith waiting once again.


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

I wrote this poem for Napowrimo in 2013. The prompt was film noir as a poem. It’s one of my favorites to perform, though I wrote it well before I’d ever read my poetry out loud.

The Snarkadelic Word Smith Awaits the Penguin Whisperer from Happy Accidents

Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology

Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology

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Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 2
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2013, 2015
Length: 162 pages
ASIN: B00CPVYH06
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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Preview on Google Books 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. 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.
2013 cover for Abundant Sparks
Personal Archeology
2013 cover for Personal Archeology
  Full list of poems included in this volume: Penguin’s Prayer Mistranslations The Snarkadelic Word Smith Awaits the Penguin Whisperer Color Nature Plowshares Squared Main Street Café Misfortune Cookies Victory Planetary Heartburn Suffering: Now Available In HD Platitudes You Heavenly Earthly Bodies Basherti Despair Casts Its Ballot Silver Winged Predators Perpetually  Cardboard and Freedom The Harder We Fall Ghosts of History The Wall Between Us Fried Shomer Invisible Companions Oh, My Dear Heart I Cry Out Floetry Illusions Of Age If It Bleeds, It Leads Generation Awake! Dawn Remaining Reminders Desires Of Destruction Today The Penguin Poet Pillars Poetitis Clicking Depression’s Delicious Dance Midnight Morning Transient Curse Bulldog Snuster Guide My Ghost Against The Wind All Final Destination Unknown Deux Faux Amies The Fight…For Right Friendship I Fright Flight Gossip Happiness Hard Times How? If You Knew, Tell Me Lazy Lost Friend Insanity Silly Purple Chrome Poem The Ranger We All Shine On Title of the Story The Wish Disasterpiece The Words Bootstraps Substitutes Maximum Simplicity Poet’s Pride Industrial Strength Strife Pavement Studies, Ph.D. Dictatered by MFN Hashtag Penguinface This Side Up Diner of Death Oblivious Pain Street Brother Soul Dance My Promise Laborer’s Prayer The Compromise Wilderness A Divine Anger Enabler of Life Rising Above The Pit Geographic Freedom Soul . Dining With Your Skeleton She Awoke In Heaven Letting In The Light Personal Archeology 21 Breaking Free Too Many Deeds Misaligned Our Creeds Realignment Candles Rekindled Sentimental Anachronisms The Laundry Prophet My Evil Twin Bono Vince Malum Witnessing The World The Ladder Mother’s Road Crissy Defeating Dumbfounded Diffidence Time Is Relative To Love Our Guardian, Our Leader The Mandala Rediscovery Growth Haight Suburbia Contentment Eviction Of Humanity High Priority Lows The Dreamer We Fell Asleep To Dream Anew Infatuation
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.

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).

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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