County Fair Winners

County Fair Winners, Nature Poems, Poems from the book The Cafe of Dreams, Poetry

Forest Whisperings

This poem won 1st Place in Explore California State Parks at the Alameda County Fair 2019.

Forest Whisperings

The forest,
she is calling me.

It’s been too long since

I’ve wandered

her beautiful winding pathways,

climbed her mountains

just for a gaze of beauty so intense

no poem nor photo does justice,

admired the way the sun dapples

brilliantly through her branches,

soaked in the salty smell of ocean

entangled with fresh pine.

She is calling,

and to her,

I must soon journey,

for within her bosom,

I shall be reunited with myself.

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County Fair Winners, haiku, Poems from the book The Cafe of Dreams

Laugh With Me – 3rd Place Haiku

Thank you to the 2019 Marin County Fair for awarding a third place ribbon in Any Other Haiku to “Laugh With Me” which appears in my 2018 book The Cafe of Dreams.

Laugh With Me

Laughing woodpecker.

Uncooperative tree.

I, too, must giggle.

The Cafe of Dreams

The Cafe of Dreams

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Series: Chapbooks, Book 11
Genre: Poetry
ASIN: 1727159802
ISBN: 9781727159806

The Cafe of Dreams is 50 pages of new poetry by D.L. Lang, the Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California.

 

The Cafe of Dreams is D.L. Lang's 11th poetry book containing poetry written between April and August 2018. It is a mixture of autobiographical, spiritual, political, and nature poetry. It features the award winning poems “The 7 Words You Cannot Say in a ‘Free’ Country”, “Is”, “Forest Whisperings”, “The Woodpecker’s Beat”, and “Laugh With Me” and several selections written for events during D.L. Lang's tenure as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California including "Vallejo Together," "Why Poetry Matters," and "Time Unkept."

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The Cafe of Dreams Authored by D.L. Lang 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 Cafe of Dreams is D.L. Lang’s 11th poetry book containing poetry written between April and August 2018. It is a mixture of autobiographical, spiritual, political, and nature poetry. It features the award winning poems “The 7 Words You Cannot Say in a ‘Free’ Country”, “Is”, “Forest Whisperings”, “The Woodpecker’s Beat”, and “Laugh With Me” and several selections written for events during D.L. Lang’s tenure as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California including “Vallejo Together,” “Why Poetry Matters,” and “Time Unkept.” See previous blog posts containing poems from the Cafe of Dreams Preview on Google Books
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5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.852 x 19.837 cm) Black & White on White paper 58 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1727159806 ISBN-10: 1727159802 BISAC: Poetry / Women Authors
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The Cafe of Dreams is 50 pages of new poetry by D.L. Lang, the Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California.
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: Because It’s There Laugh With Me Haifa Rubble California Delta Free Them How to Swim Through a Tornado The Carpool of Vulnerability  Visiting Friends Looking for Home Vallejo Together These Streets of Dreamers Time Unkept Prayer Wild Choir Cliffnotes of a Conversation Wandering Angels Hope A Dream Fulfilled An Imagined Reincarnation Remembering my Name You Will Paradise Collectors Raisin A Starry Night Drive-thru Paradise Space Age Insomnia The Café of Dreams Learning how to Tell the Times Hairku? This Poetic Iceberg The Woodpecker’s Beat Generosity Heritage The Middle Ages Impermanence Upholding the System  For Johanna Forest Whisperings How Should A Poet Live? The 7 Words You Cannot Say in a “Free” Country Why Poetry Matters
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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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County Fair Winners, haiku, Poetry

Moonlight Song – 1st Place Haiku

Thank you to the 2019 Marin County Fair for awarding the following haiku a 1st place blue ribbon in the Moonscapes Haiku category:

Moonlight Song

A moonlight chorus

serenades until sunrise.

Wake up. Sing a dream.

This poem appears in the book Midnight Strike.

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County Fair Winners, Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn

Generations – Reserve Best of Show

“Generations” is a poem from the book Armor Against the Dawn.

I’m happy to report that this poem, which was my favorite of my entries, won First Place in Published Poetry and Reserve Best of Show in Poetry at this year’s Solano County Fair.

It previously won a red ribbon for Second Place in Any Other Poetry at the 2017 Marin County Fair in July.

This poem is a reflection on how every younger generation must study the zeitgeists of previous generations in order to come to a deeper understanding of the failings of the past in order to forge a better future for all generations.

Many, many thanks to the judges at both fairs! I am honored.

Generations reserve best of show
Generations D.L. Lang red ribbon

Generations

Child, you were
born into a world
where the lines
were already drawn,
and the words
had their meanings
beyond what you’re seeing,

stretching back
throughout history
only to ensnare us all
in their mysteries
as neutrality
is an impossibility
once understanding
has been achieved,

so choose carefully,
for there is no other world
in which you may exist.

You must change this one.

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County Fair Winners, Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

The Sixties – Blue Ribbon Winner Marin County Fair

“The Sixties” won a blue ribbon for First Place in “Flashback to the ’60s” poetry at the 2017 Marin County Fair. I wrote it specifically to enter in the fair in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I’m honored, and find it slightly ironic given that my knowledge of America in the 1960s is purely secondhand. However, a lot of my older friends who were alive then say I was born in the wrong generation, or perhaps, am some reincarnated hippie. The 1960s remain my favorite period in both music and American history. Given my affinity for that time period, I’m happy this poem did so well at the fair. Although I had entered in various categories over the years, 2017 was the first time I had won a blue ribbon at the Marin County Fair. In fact, I won two, so go check out “Lift Off!” next!

The Sixties

We were more than just hippies,
artfully clad in paisley and beads,
dancing in circles, hugging trees,
for in these short years,
we brought about revolutions, peacefully.

We made pilgrimage
to North Beach and Greenwich Village
and settled in the Haight,
making music about this world’s fate.

Joining hands, united by songs,
we dreamed of a time where we all got along—
an evolution of humanity,
where each and every soul could live free.

As we lazed upon the grasses,
we took every journey of the mind,
sought out all the truth we could find,
rediscovering ancient spirituality,
while forging the way for a brand new reality.

We explored traditions beyond our family,
seeking out new ways to be,
loving, living, communally,
surrounded by nature’s endless beauty.

We marched together in harmony,
people gathered together as vast as the sea,
fighting for our brothers and sisters to be free—
free from Jim Crow’s tyranny.

We stood up against an unjust war,
questioning just what we were fighting for.
Linked our arms together with strangers,
united for justice and peace.

As a generation came together,
this great nation changed forever,
inching closer towards a dream.

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