California Poems

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!

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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  
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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).

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 Barefoot in the Sanctuary

Participatory Budgeting Poem

PB Poem

This fine city of Vallejo
is giving us a choice in the way things go
with a budget that is of the people.

We get to choose where our taxes get spent,
making for more efficient government.

If you want to help our kids,
the art scene, and homeless folks, too,
fix the roads, improve our parks,
well, this is what you got to do!

The choice comes around every year.
Your voice is heard by city hall.
It’s absolutely your call!

If you’re at least fourteen,
living in Vallejo, step on up,
and participate in this scene.

Get out and vote,
then if you want to you can gloat,
shouting, “Hey, I helped make this happen!”

You can make a difference in person or online.
All it takes is a couple minutes of your time.

So cast your vote today,
and help forge a brand new way
for our beautiful city by the bay.

 

 

Go vote by April 30th!

The original version of this poem originally appears in the 2016 book Barefoot in the Sanctuary, and was a topic suggested by Matthew Finkelstein.

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California Poems, Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels, Poetry

Visions

I recited this poem, “Visions,” at the 10.10.17 Vallejo City Council meeting where I was officially proclaimed and appointed the 2017-2019 Vallejo Poet Laureate.

Visions by D.L. Lang

No photo can quite capture

this moment’s true beauty,

for moments, like all people,

were meant to be free.

 

Words,

they fail to pinpoint

just what this place means to me,

for words are but stardust

in this universe full of dreams.

 

How wonderful to have landed

in this corner of the earth,

where the streets are lined

with stories of history and rebirth.

 

To your visions

of our metropolis

to what she was, is,

and can still be,

 

Vallejo,

I am grateful

to be a voice among thee,

for together we form a chorus,

praising our beautiful city.

You can view the video here: youtu.be/Ro30pT_7X_0

Resting on my Laurels

Resting on my Laurels

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Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 10
Genre: Poetry
Publication Year: 2018
Length: 130 pages / 86 poems
ASIN: 1983939773
ISBN: 9781983939778

Resting on my Laurels contains poetry written, performed, and published during D.L. Lang's tenure as the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo in addition to other never before seen poems.

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Resting on my Laurels contains 86 poems including many written, performed, and published during D.L. Lang’s tenure as the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo. It contains such favorites as “Ancestral Honor”, “Millennium Vision”, “Use Elevator to Exit Reality”, “Train Whistle Polka”, “Benicia Bound”, “Love Poetry Capital Blockade”, “Visions,” “Vallejo, California,” “Elegant Stag,” “Little Watercraft,” “Listen!” and many, many more written and performed in 2017-2018.

Read poetry posted on the blog from Resting on my Laurels.

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.

List Price: $9.99
5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.852 x 19.837 cm)
Black & White on White paper
130 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1983939778
ISBN-10: 1983939773
BISAC: Poetry / Women Authors

 

Smashwords ISBN: 9780463718933

Smashwords makes ebooks compatible with all major e-reading devices in .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf, .pdb, and plain text formats.

The ebook is also available through Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Kobo, and Kindle.

Also available to libraries through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Tolino, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), Bibliotheca CloudLibrary, Odilo and Califa’s Enki.

 

 

Complete list of poems included in this volume:

Rebel Verse

Know

Hey, Daydreamer

Mandatory Vacation

Dust Storms May Exist

Woody

Living Lyrics

Orion

Taking a Trip on the Mother Road

A New Day

Stars

What’s in a Hat?

For My Favorite Hobo

Resting on my Laurels

To My Favorite Protest Singer

Wandering Stars

Offerings

Buried Treasure

Disarmed

Terms of Endearment

Reunion

How

Here

This Isn’t

Rays of Hope

Afflatus

Read the Signs

Mind Blown

Dancing

A Single Heart

Bibliophile

There is Always Good News

Solidarity Salutes

Metaphor

Clear-headed Underwater

Back Catalogue

Upward Spirals

Why D.L.?

That which the Realtor cannot Itemize

To the Tenth Generation

My Soul’s Citizenship

The Storm Shall Pass

The Missing

The Lottery of Birth

I’m Tired of Waking Up in 1933!

Why???

In These Times

The Time Has Come

Xennial Luddite

Occupational Hazards

Fascinations

Firestorm

Secondary Sorrows

Inevitably of Existence

Performance Anxiety

It Ain’t What it Seems

Highway Snobbery

In Times of Action

What 3 Words?

Delayed Response

State of the Poet

Pain Relief

Fame

The Gallows of Public Opinion

The River

Beliefs

Visions

Vallejo, California

Charlottesville

Ancestral Honor

Millennium Vision

Unbound

Little Watercraft

Dreaming of Better Days

Elegant Stag

Players

Ignite

Listen!

What A Gift You Have Given Me!

Use Elevator to Exit Reality

Wrapping It Up

For Newman

Train Whistle Polka

Love Poetry Capital Blockade

Benicia Bound

Libraries Ignite Universes


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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California Poems, Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels, Poetry

Vallejo, California

Vallejo, California

by D.L. Lang 

Vallejo, she greets you

with promises of opportunity,

where frothy waves kiss the highway,

as the seagulls soar above the bay

admiring her cityscape.

 

Two blue towers peek above the horizon,

bridging together a city with her island.

The ships still sail down the Napa River,

her waters carrying sacred memories

of the sailors who served so valiantly

against the rising tides of tyranny.

 

Festivals and parades

shower her citizenry

in the confetti of possibility,

as a city honors its history,

while walking hand in hand

towards a bright future

built by the dreams of her people.

 

Delighted dwellers dance downtown,

sharing drinks, meals, and dreams,

as strangers quickly turn to friends.

 

Families and fishermen

wander her waterfront

enjoying the sun’s masterpieces,

while the artists, they gather

to create their own.

 

A myriad of magical moments

spent crafting in elation,

as others admire their creations,

filling downtown galleries

with the fires of hope and reinvention.

 

Vallejo, my sweet city,

dear city of opportunity,

may all your dreams arise to infinity,

may you know progress and prosperity,

may your children grow up joyously,

and your homes be as warm

as the way you have welcomed me.

Resting on my Laurels

Resting on my Laurels

$9.99eBook: $5.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 10
Genre: Poetry
Publication Year: 2018
Length: 130 pages / 86 poems
ASIN: 1983939773
ISBN: 9781983939778

Resting on my Laurels contains poetry written, performed, and published during D.L. Lang's tenure as the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo in addition to other never before seen poems.

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Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Smashwords
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About the Book

Resting on my Laurels contains 86 poems including many written, performed, and published during D.L. Lang’s tenure as the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo. It contains such favorites as “Ancestral Honor”, “Millennium Vision”, “Use Elevator to Exit Reality”, “Train Whistle Polka”, “Benicia Bound”, “Love Poetry Capital Blockade”, “Visions,” “Vallejo, California,” “Elegant Stag,” “Little Watercraft,” “Listen!” and many, many more written and performed in 2017-2018.

Read poetry posted on the blog from Resting on my Laurels.

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.

List Price: $9.99
5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.852 x 19.837 cm)
Black & White on White paper
130 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1983939778
ISBN-10: 1983939773
BISAC: Poetry / Women Authors

 

Smashwords ISBN: 9780463718933

Smashwords makes ebooks compatible with all major e-reading devices in .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf, .pdb, and plain text formats.

The ebook is also available through Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Kobo, and Kindle.

Also available to libraries through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Tolino, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), Bibliotheca CloudLibrary, Odilo and Califa’s Enki.

 

 

Complete list of poems included in this volume:

Rebel Verse

Know

Hey, Daydreamer

Mandatory Vacation

Dust Storms May Exist

Woody

Living Lyrics

Orion

Taking a Trip on the Mother Road

A New Day

Stars

What’s in a Hat?

For My Favorite Hobo

Resting on my Laurels

To My Favorite Protest Singer

Wandering Stars

Offerings

Buried Treasure

Disarmed

Terms of Endearment

Reunion

How

Here

This Isn’t

Rays of Hope

Afflatus

Read the Signs

Mind Blown

Dancing

A Single Heart

Bibliophile

There is Always Good News

Solidarity Salutes

Metaphor

Clear-headed Underwater

Back Catalogue

Upward Spirals

Why D.L.?

That which the Realtor cannot Itemize

To the Tenth Generation

My Soul’s Citizenship

The Storm Shall Pass

The Missing

The Lottery of Birth

I’m Tired of Waking Up in 1933!

Why???

In These Times

The Time Has Come

Xennial Luddite

Occupational Hazards

Fascinations

Firestorm

Secondary Sorrows

Inevitably of Existence

Performance Anxiety

It Ain’t What it Seems

Highway Snobbery

In Times of Action

What 3 Words?

Delayed Response

State of the Poet

Pain Relief

Fame

The Gallows of Public Opinion

The River

Beliefs

Visions

Vallejo, California

Charlottesville

Ancestral Honor

Millennium Vision

Unbound

Little Watercraft

Dreaming of Better Days

Elegant Stag

Players

Ignite

Listen!

What A Gift You Have Given Me!

Use Elevator to Exit Reality

Wrapping It Up

For Newman

Train Whistle Polka

Love Poetry Capital Blockade

Benicia Bound

Libraries Ignite Universes


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).

Look Inside
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, County Fair Winners, Peace Poems, Poems from the book Poet Loiterer, Poetry

Headline Antidote

“Headline Antidote” is my favorite poem that I have ever written, and is published in the book, Poet Loiterer. It is an attempt to answer the question what can regular folks do in a painful world with so many negative headlines except to be a rebel in favor of goodness. It’s one of my favorites to perform, and I have at many places, including at the Vallejo Man March on March 12, 2016, and the 2nd Rodef Sholom Beit Cafe in December 2015.

“Headline Antidote” also won 5th place in Any Other Poetry at the 2016 Marin County Fair.

Reading Headline Antidote on stage at the Vallejo Man March peace rally.
On stage at the peace rally.

Headline Antidote

Be a rebel for righteousness,
a leader for love,
a troublemaker for the truth,
not a hawk, but a dove!

More than one way to be human,
so many ways to understand.
Join all your hands together,
and march across this land.

Be an agitator for awesome,
a hustler for the heart,
an outcast for open-mindedness,
whatever you do – just start!

More than one way to be an American.
Patriotic pacifists-no weapons in our hands!
Here’s to building better times!
Yes, you know that we can!

Poet Loiterer

Poet Loiterer

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Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 5
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2015
Length: 180 pages
ASIN: B0797HZBBD
ISBN: 1518713246

Poet Loiterer is D.L. Lang's fifth poetry book. This 180 page collection features nature poems, protest poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.

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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. The book is also available through interlibrary loan. Check WorldCat for which libraries currently carry this title. 

Reviews of Poet Loiterer:

“Lang’s themes include wanderlust, love for nature (and especially hiking in the California hills), religious devotion, paying the bills versus living the artist’s life, and transforming from a passive pacifist to an activist. “You gave me lungs, / so that I might breathe peace” expresses forthright praise to God in “What You Created,” and elsewhere, verse expresses delight in Jewish practice: “There’s music and Torah both running through my soul,” she observes–a quirky combination that brings to mind a Jewish Janis Joplin. In the satirical “Doves in Season,” the traditional peace symbol is being hunted. “Fear not the rocking boat,” another poem advises, encouraging readers to question racism, capitalism, and America’s reliance on weapons. There’s “More than one way to be an American,” the poem “Headline Antidote” insists; indeed, this collection imagines a peaceful, joyful future America.” — Kirkus Reviews

Read the full review here: www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/dl-lang/poet-loiterer/

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The title Poet Loiterer is a joke between my husband and I, that I am not anyone’s Poet Laureate, but a poet who, as a result of health issues, spends most of her time loitering around town, home, synagogue, doctors’ offices, and when I feel up to it, hiking, lots and lots of hiking!

This book is a pastry, fluffy with a chocolate center. This entire book was written in 2015 in various locations around the Bay Area, which is a first, as my previous books had also contained many old poems that I’d written as a kid. This is all me at age 31/32 with poems created from April – November 2015.

It starts out with “To Get Free” which won Best of Show at the Solano County Fair in 2015. It is a diverse 180 page volume with nature poems, protest poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.

Poet Loiterer
The cover photograph of my loitering outside my synagogue was generously donated and was taken on December 4, 2015 by Norm Levin of Natural Portraits and Events.

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Complete list of poems included in this volume: 

To Get Free

Songs In The Key Of Grief

Mare Island

Poet Loiterer

Essentially Unemployable

Reassurance

Railway Meditation

Mind Wanderer

Muir

Beached Strangers

Immersed

Seasons

Unanswered

Idleness In The Artist’s Playground

Going

Why I Hike

Wanderlust

After 20

Pier Dreams

City Hiking

If

This New Year

From Unity To Community

The Swamps Of Patriot Day

What Of The Forest?

Live A Little

The Only Thing That I Need

A Pretty Good Day

The Key To Light

Lighting Up

In Tune

Holy Songs

Incomparable Joy

Transforming Tunes

Melodies

Forever

Community

Together

Retreat

One Weekend

Contentment

Thrown Overboard

I’m Not Lost, But You Found Me

Higher Songs

Rebooting My Soul

Unplugged

Returning

To The Place Of My Heart

Midnight Guardian

Staying Wrapped Inside Your Presence

Praying Out Loud

Legendary

Consumed

There Must Be An Answer

Now

Surrender

I’ve Half A Mind To…

Are We Free?

Are You Paying Attention?

Statues

Meant For?

Memorial Day

Urgency

Headline Antidote

Unity

Ain’t Nothing Changed?

Clarity

Warrior Ancestors

We Never Build Just One

Flags Of Hate

There Are No Words

Endurance

Conformity

Farmer’s Market Uprising

High Sympathy

Naked Personality

This Independence Day

Fair

Pillars Of The Past

Doves In Season: A Love Poem To Nature’s Restoration

Humanity

Searching

To Dream

Escapism

Opener

You Are The Connector

My Haunted Friend

Mindful Clouds

What Is Life?

Meteors O’pink

Uncontrollable Flame

Poetic Timing

Penguin Child

Writer Child

Why I Art

Poetry Rains

Sometimes

There

After Dark

When It Feels Right

Hold Back

Life

Worthy

Narrative Existence

Honest Accounting

My Beloved

Accidental Love Poem

Soulmate Descriptor

Love Is Not Regret

Farewell

Eat Your Fears

Host Poet

What Is There?

Smattering Of Mattering

Vallejo Days

The Day After

Storm

The Road

Webbing Water

Beyond The Fence

Once Upon A Dog

Bottle Of Mine

Penguin Season Blues

Journal Dilemma

On Staying In

United Divided By Chocolate

Sparks Aligned

What Must Be

Giver

Loneliness Sprouts Doubt

A Future In It

Life Worth, Life’s Work

Origin Point

Customer Service For Existence

Simmering

Moments

Disappointing You

Old Songs from Another Lifetime

Perspectives

Old Fashioned

Behind These Digital Walls

Pretty Pictures

Technology

Pushers Of POV

A Festive Apology

What You Created

Dan

 


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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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California Poems, Poems from the book Id Biscuits, Poetry

Break out your Duster & Sweep ’em Out!

These are two poems that I wrote in response to the ORCEM/VMT issues in Vallejo, CA.
I read the second one to the city council and a group of about 200 citizens on January 5th, 2016, among several citizens and Fresh Air Vallejo activists who spoke out. (If you’re so inclined to watch the video, it’s about 58 minutes in.) I believe our town deserves better.

 

Break Out Your Duster

I saw the good people of my city today.
On the steps of the city hall, they gathered.
They chanted, “orcem, orcem, go away.
We don’t want you in our city by the bay.”

The big cement company and its dust,
Aren’t a company that we can trust.
They claim in their adverts it’s all green,
Talking all progress and growth again,
While leaving out pollution from their scenes.

Promising only a couple hundred jobs,
While from our lungs, the air they’ll rob.
A couple hundred salaries it ain’t worth.
Risking 118,000’s health is far worse.

And underneath all that cement dust,
Laid a serious breach of community trust.

When the people of my city found out,
They took to the streets with a shout.
It was time to hold a recall for Mayor,
Because he’d become a betrayer.
This city, here, well, it deserves better,
Than back room deals for the highest bidder.

None of this poem is written in cement,
Only just giving my two cents.
This is no time to sit on the fence.
If you agree, voice your dissent.

January 5, 2016, Vallejo City Hall
January 5, 2016, Vallejo City Hall

This Project’s a Lemon: Sweep Em Out!

In this city of opportunity live workers and dreamers
propelling us forward as an artistic, successful place,
one of community, happy families, and open space.
What I can’t understand is why you won’t stick to that plan?

Your dusty cement plant scheming
needs to be swept right out of here.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m pro-union,
pro-high-wage-jobs for this city’s peoples,
but this greenwashed pollution ain’t the solution
if you give a hoot about our schools, homes, and steeples.
A few jobs aren’t worth risking the lungs of our young ones.

Now with all due respect, I gotta ask what the heck?
This secret back room dealing just ain’t right,
and the good folks of this town will give you a fight
in the courts or by ballot boxing.
See the people with their protest signs,
asking you to follow the voters’ designs, or maybe resign.

If you’d like to stop this city hall circus,
then please, just follow the voter’s choices,
and listen to all of our voices.

We didn’t elect you to abuse our trust,
so please listen because it seems that you’ve lost us.
If you work in the shadows, you’ve got to recuse.
because if you go against the will of we the people,
you’re just bound to lose.

Id Biscuits

Id Biscuits

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Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 6
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2016
Length: 200
ASIN: B0797JV63F
ISBN: 1530453054

Id Biscuits is D.L. Lang's sixth poetry book. This 200 page volume contains topical poetry, autobiographical poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.

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About the Book

Id Biscuits is D.L. Lang’s sixth poetry book. This 200 page volume contains topical poetry, autobiographical poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.

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The poem “Marin Is…” won third place in Marvelous Marin poetry at the Marin County Fair in 2016.

The poem “Master of Peace” won Reserve Best of Show and a blue ribbon in Published Poetry at the 2016 Solano County Fair.

This poetry book is similar to D.L. Lang’s previous release, Poet Loiterer, containing poetic reflections on current events, the author’s life, politics, and history.

You can read poems that were featured in this book by visiting the poetry blog.

Excerpt from the foreword:

I called this book Id Biscuits. Id, as in the inner child, which I fully let run wild. The title is also a pun on identity.
The inner hippie wanderer protester artist is reflected in this book, as it was in my previous work, Poet Loiterer. This could almost be seen as a sequel to that book.

As with that book, there are several political poems. If you care not for such things, I suggest you check out my earlier tomes, but there should be poems in this one for everyone.

These poems were written November 2015 – April 2016.

The first four poems are exceptions and were discovered among personal papers. “L’Atah, Eretz” was a love poem to my then boyfriend now husband, Tim, written in 2002 that I thought I had lost.

“Larry and the Berry” is the oldest and silliest poem I have, written in 1994 when I was 11 during a class with the Enid Summer Arts Project.

There are poems from both my higher self, and written from the pit of the struggle of being human. This book reflects both my dark side and my light side, and I’ll leave it up to you to decide which side is which. For as I’ve said before, judgment of my own art is not my job.

Although portions of this book are topical and autobiographical, most of it is mere fiction and wordplay. They mostly are inspired by nature, Judaism, Oklahoma, Marin, Vallejo, music, current events, and history. All completely poetic nonsense—
part reality, part exaggeration, part total fiction.

 

Complete list of include poems: 

 

L’Atah, Eretz

The Album

Musty Books

Larry and the Berry

I Am

Whenever

Id Biscuits

Identity Biscuits

Spring Soul Cleaning

Miracles

Chaiku

In the Wild

Silence

The Conundrum of the Social Introvert

Faded Family Photographs

Recalibration Station

Life Lessons

Everyday Teachers

Hurtling Forth

Octopus

Marin is…

What is a Poet?

Beginning, Transforming

Symphony in the Storm

North Beaching It

Lines

Home Ghosts

Dissonance

Plaza J

A Blessing

Messiahs

You Can Learn Equally From Truth or Myth

Walking in Winter Rains

Across the Bay

Sparks

Everything is a Prayer

Jewish Things

Knowing

Doing

Home

Incredible

Act Now!

Forward

Dear Bigots

Broken

How do you Measure your Rulers?

The Bern

Chicken Wire

Y

Generation In-Between

Peace March

Vallejo Peace

East Maine Noms

Carts

To the Merchants of Bon Air

Break Out Your Duster

This Project’s a Lemon: Sweep ‘em Out!

Circles

Caring Versus Pretending

Collective Dreamers

Rise!

Dreaming

Who Lives Here?

Red People

Known?

If You Were Me

Family Lines

Wandering Webs

Union of Unidentified Fleeing Okies

Cut Self Slack

Love

Stop Running and Orbit the Light of your Soul

Quicksands of Timelines

Hold On

Musical Reassurance

Your Vision Matters

Dwelling

Meditation

That Voice

Hands at Hanns

Rainbow

Master of Peace

Melodic Key

RPM

Donut, Donut

Mellowing

Apples

Derailed

Banjo

How the Time Passes By Our Life

The Cost of Silence

To Those Who Raise Up Artists

A Little Alliteration

What to Do?

I Write my Pain on Permanent Stationary

Magnetized

To My Friends in Other Places

Sadness can be an Art

I Drove to Pleasure Cove

Not That Friend

Book of Taradiddles

Melted Chocolate Heart

Open Hearts

Hearts

Aim Higher Than This Penguin

Are Penguins Aware it’s Penguin Awareness Day?

Words

Poems of America

Hey, Troubadour

Back Door

Life of Dreams

Unnoticed Service Man

Pecans

Oh, Hello, Cupcake

Routine

Coffee Tin

I Don’t Know from Ships

I Still Wander There

Aspiring Potatoes

Listen

Same Song, Broken Heart

Peculiar Precedent for a Presidential Posturer

When?

Some Weird Kind of Freedom

Sponges

Slag Pile

Procrastinapping

Return to Muddy Hollow


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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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