Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang’s 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry.
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays contains a handful of award-winning poems.
Thank you to the 2017 Alameda County Fair for awarding “Expectations of a Future” a Silver Award.
The following poems which appear in this book won awards in
creative writing at the 2017 Marin County Fair:
- “The Sixties”, First Place in Flashback to the 60’s Poetry
- “Lift Off!”, First Place in Fair Themed Poetry
- “Street Mouse”, Second Place in Any other Haiku
- “Sally”, Third Place in My Pet
My deepest gratitude to the judges.
A huge thanks to local photographer, Jessica Brown, who shot the cover image for this book!
A penguin superhero in a pose of strength with a sign that says “Save the Humans!”
Jessica Brown brought this vision to life, shooting the cover photo and author photo with me in costume on a very humid August 3rd, 2017 at the Mare Island Nature Preserve in Vallejo.
Excerpt from the foreword:
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is my 9th poetry collection comprised of poems that were written between December 2016 and June 2017. The title came about as I was stopped at a red light. A local restaurant had a sign on the corner that said, “Catfish Today,” so as a way of passing the time I broke down those words and came up with additional phrases that contained a compound word with an animal and a time period.
My aim with this book was to try to largely be uplifting and distracting as an antidote to the often heartbreaking chaos of the world today, so there are intentionally less topical poems than in previous collections. My two personal favorites of this variety are “Where are the Heroes?” and “Affirmations of a Dream” which close out the book. “Cats on Caravan” and “IWWD” refer to my experience of the Women’s March and Strike.
As I was preparing my entries for area fairs this year, I wrote “Lift Off!” describing the experience of the fair. “The Sixties” was written to fit the theme of the Marin County Fair that is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I was not alive in those years, obviously, but tried to write from the perspective of someone who was. It is one period in American history that continues to fascinate me. I’m quite pleased that both were awarded blue ribbons.
I also spent a lot of time reminiscing about my childhood haunt in Enid, Oklahoma, a field down by the railroad tracks that’s now called Oakwood Nature Park, so “Blanton-Kiowa Line” captures the history of that area. I’ve developed an affinity for train songs, so my husband challenged me to write “Hanukah Train” as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs this past Hanukah.
This volume brings the total of my published poems to 918. While it will be the first book released after being named the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, poems written during that tenure will be released in future books. This milestone provides a natural closing point for this book.
Thanks for reading!