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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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


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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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