• generations solano county fair
    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 Sixties D.L. Lang Marin County Fair Blue Ribbon
    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…

  • Lift Off D.L. Lang Blue ribbon Marin County Fair
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

    Lift Off! – Blue Ribbon Winner Marin County Fair

    “Lift Off!” won a blue ribbon for First Place in Fair Themed Poetry. “Let the Funshine In!” was the 2017 theme for the Marin County Fair. As I was preparing my entries for county fairs this year, I wrote this poem to capture the magic of attending the fair which celebrates both long held traditions and new technology.┬áCounty fair season has become one of my favorite yearly experiences. I am grateful to the 2017 Marin County Fair for awarding a blue ribbon to this poem. This year the my first year where I received a blue ribbon at the Marin fair. In fact, I received two, so please, after you…

  • cabinet construction red ribbon winner
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn

    Cabinet Construction

    “Cabinet Construction” is a poem about political corruption and cronyism in government. Although I did have a certain political figure in mind upon writing, feel absolutely free to apply it to your favorite corrupt politician, as one person certainly holds no monopoly in that area. “Cabinet Construction” won a 2nd place red ribbon in “Presidental Politics” at the 2017 Marin County Fair. It appears in the book Armor Against the Dawn. My gratitude to the creative writing judges at the Marin County Fair! Two other poems from this book won ribbons as well. Go read all the county fair winners both past and present by visiting the County Fair Winners…

  • Street mouse a red ribbon winning haiku
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

    Haiku – Street Mouse – Red ribbon winner

    This haiku was inspired by my seeing a mouse wiggling around on my street on a sunny spring day. It was such an unusual sight to see a mouse outside in broad daylight, so I decided to capture the moment in a poem. “Street Mouse” won a 2nd place red ribbon for “Any Other Haiku” at the 2017 Marin County Fair. This was my first time ever submitting a haiku to any fair, so I am quite happy with the results. Thank you so much to the judges! Street Mouse A mouse sunbathing on hot concrete, rolling like a pup, belly up.   View all award winning poems past and…

  • Fine China Marin County Fair ribbon
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn

    Fine China

    “Fine China” by D.L. Lang won 3rd place in Any other Poetry at the 2017 Marin County Fair. “Fine China” is a metaphor for living life to the fullest, and is one of my favorites of my own poetry. It appears in the 2016 book Armor Against the Dawn. I also won a second place red ribbon in that same category for another poem that appears in that book entitled “Generations.” My sincerest gratitude to the Marin County Fair! Fine China Do not place me inside bubble wrap, for even though I am intricately, colorfully designed, made of cool ceramics, I am filled with hot cocoa, overflowing with marshmallows and…