Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels

Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels, Poetry

Two poems for National Poetry Month 2018

I had the honor of performing among a group of super talented fellow poets in Benicia, CA for “Why Poetry?” and Fairfield, CA for “Why Poetry Matters” for National Poetry Month to support two good causes: The Joel Fallon Poetry Scholarship and Solano County Library Foundation Literacy Programs.

The poem “Libraries Ignite Universes” was written for the Solano County Library system and was originally published on their Facebook page earlier this month, and is in my new book Resting on My Laurels. The poem Why Poetry Matters I wrote for the Fairfield event.  I read both of these in Benicia, and then again in Fairfield as part of a larger set on the theme of libraries, which also included reciting “Poetic Timing” and reading “What is a Poet?” from Poet Loiterer, Unbound” and “What A Gift You Have Given Me!” which also appear in Resting on my Laurels.

 

Why Poetry Matters by D.L. Lang

Poetry, that ineffable waterfall of words,
thoughts dripping from minds to pages,
from daydreams to stages.

So quickly its prophets
are often condemned as unprofitable,
so what value is there to poetry
if monetization is not the metric of measure
that defines this sacred treasure?

It, like most art,
can reach directly into hearts.
It can repair them.
It can break them.
It can change them.

It can shatter the divisions
between peoples,
reaching across boundaries,
sprouting shared experience,
educating others about each other.

It can give voice to the voiceless,
comfort the hurting,
uplift the despondent,
and accompany the lonely.

It is a cornerstone of other art forms,
transforming itself into song lyrics,
treasured quotes of wisdom,
spoken word and comedy performance,
film and commercial narration,
and bite size bits of prayer and meditation.

It can make you cry tears of catharsis,
it can make you laugh until you cry,
it can change your life with an idea,
it can change the world,

if we only try.

 

Libraries Ignite Universes by D.L. Lang

The library, she is a magic place!
Towering from floor to ceiling
stands all the wisdom in the universe,
collected for centuries,
freely available,
ready for curious minds
to immerse themselves
in the endless knowledge
that graces her shelves.
Escape into her peaceful sanctuary,
wherein her quiet, yourself, you’ll find,
as you unite with the finest minds.

Each page sparks journeys anew
with every volume hoping to inspire
imaginations of all persuasions,
as each new generation
of readers, teachers, and writers,
seekers, lovers, scholars, and fighters,
shall one day build upon
the sacred foundation
of her treasures
with contributions of their own,
extending far beyond these walls,
opening up a world just as magical,
igniting possibility.

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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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
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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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Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels, Poetry

What a Gift You Have Given Me!

Today I had the honor of joining fellow poets laureate Genea Brice and Johanna Ely in speaking about some incredible women poets for the AAUW’s Voices of Change: American Women Poets who have Made a Difference. I spoke about and read one poem each from Alicia Ostriker and Emma Lazarus. The poems I read appear in The Imaginary Lover and Dover Thrift’s The Poems of Emma Lazarus, Volume One. I’d encourage you to buy their books on Amazon as well as Esther Schorr’s excellent biography on Emma.

Thank you to the AAUW for including me, and the Benicia Herald, the Times Herald, Benicia Patch, KUIC, Visit Vallejo, Visit Benicia, and Benicia Literary Arts for helping to spread the word.

As I was researching a poem started coming to me. I performed this alongside “Headline Antidote” at the Benicia Library for the event.

What A Gift You Have Given Me!

Research is a journey,
a wandering through history
in every direction
making connections,
stumbling onto discoveries,
perhaps,
long left to the dustbin of memory,

a respite from all worry
that briefly sets us free
to travel through time,
nourishing our minds
with the biographies
of those souls
who dared
turn dream to reality,

once again breathing life
into their stories,
their voices echoing
like loudspeakers
in the arena

with prophetic messages
yet to be realized
thundering forth
that we might carry them forward
towards a new generation,

for the world we must build
sits upon the foundation
of those dreamers
who broke ground
before us.

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.

Buy from Kobo
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Smashwords
Buy from Alibris
Buy from Book Depository
Buy from Amazon
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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
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Ekphrastic Poetry, Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels, Poetry

Elegant Stag

Inspired by “Elegant Stag” by Tracy Cullen

Written and performed for Arts Benicia “Art of a Community” on February 24, 2018

Elegant Stag

I once was a deer.
Now it appears, I’m part chandelier.
How, oh, how did I ever get here?

Two lifetimes ago,
I enjoyed the finer things:
crystal goblets overflowing with wine,
tailored suits and soft silk ties,
the greatest operas of my time.
How I loved to hear them sing!

When I was a mere lad of twenty-one,
I fell for a young lady with, oh, such a voice!
Her spirit just overcame me.
My heart, it had no choice.

One evening as I strolled downtown
along the darkened cobblestone,
I heard the most beautiful sound,
and I knew I was not alone.
My heart was intoxicated by
the sound of her voice, so sweet.
Throughout the whole town it rang,
as I ran swiftly through the streets.

“Come here, come here. My dear, my dear,”
her melody echoed into the night,
calling out to all who’d listen.
In the soft glow of the moonlight,
her voice, like a siren it sang,
as her golden necklace glistened.

“Come here, come here. My dear, my dear.”
Were the last words before my grave.
For I did not see the car coming at me,
and no doctor my soul could save.

I awoke from my eternal slumber.
My spirit so wild and free.
I’d become a handsome young buck,
with antlers proud as an oak tree.
My renewed soul so joyous
for how I adored the forest!
I’d spend all day long
just romping along in its grand beauty.

One evening, I awoke, startled by a distant song.
Each note, my soul, it beckoned.
Where had I heard this tune before?
“Come here, come here. My dear, my dear.”
into the crisp forest air, it rang.
Was this my one true love, coming back for me?
I ran from the forest to see her again.

Alas, I did not see the headlights,
upon that lumberjack’s truck.
Her angelic voice flowed from the radio,
as it smashed into this poor buck.
She’d gone on to be a famous singer,
and I, well, this is my luck!

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

Players

Inspired by the painting “Players” by Marcy Orendorff

Written and performed for the Arts Benicia “Art of a Community” on February 24, 2018

Players

The rest of the world seemed to fade away,
as the room elevated into the heavens.

Upon their melodies they would float,
two soulmates bound by art.
With each gentle note,
her fingers struck chords upon his heart.

As his fingers caressed the ivory keys,
her soul, it felt so free.
They could play endlessly into the night.
Time became a mystery.

It was a love that only artists can know,
singing in a language only hearts understand.
A love that only shows itself between the notes,
translated by skillful, magic hands.

Their spirits were woven together
with every tune that they played.
With each and every strum,
through a song those two became one.

They carried on a great tradition
of players who came before.
Their entire life’s mission
was to make every spirit soar.

Their worries became nothing,
for every moment lost in song.
All those who may happen to listen
were joyous for days and days.

So come, my dear, so you, too, might hear,
what magic such players do play!

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Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels, Poetry

Ignite

I had a lovely evening at the Vallejo JFK Library listening to featured poets Poetic Old Soul, Andrew Demcak, and Vanessa Rochelle Lewis. I also read a love poem written specifically for the Queer Words Vallejo event entitled “Ignite” which is posted below.

You can find out about future literary events organized by Wayne Goodman and Rick May at: https://www.facebook.com/queerwordsreadings/

The Times Herald also did an article which you can read here: www.timesheraldonline.com/article/NH/20171008/NEWS/171009844

 

Vallejo Poet Laureate
The first time I’ve ever had my photo in the paper as a poet.

 

Ignite

Loving one another
is a most natural act.
There is no greater high
than falling in love.
No greater aspiration
than to be in relationship
with one another.

Our culture often teaches
that there is only one way to love,
when love is truly infinite,
so infinite that those four letters
barely even begin to describe its meaning.

Love cannot be trapped within
four letters,
boxed into one narrow definition,
nor confined to a narrow set of actions.

If there is one thing that our world
needs in these times,
it is more acts that are powered by love.

To be affectionate towards all humanity
may just be the cure for the insanity
brought about by the loneliness
of our fast-paced, modern world.

So love who you love,
be they man, woman,
or any combination thereof
and most of all love yourself,
be yourself,
your true self.

Be proud of who you are!
Stand unafraid against those who would shame you,
for you only have this one life
that we know for certain,
and you are meant to live it to the fullest.

It is far worse to live a life
that is not your own,
to live out your days
never having known
the freedom and bliss
that authenticity can bring.

So ignite your inner light,
burn it up so bright
that the full spectrum
of this rainbow of humanity
illuminates our earth
with its beauty,
and love is all that remains.

Written for Queer Words Vallejo at JFK Library 11.01.2017

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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

$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.

Buy from Kobo
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Smashwords
Buy from Alibris
Buy from Book Depository
Buy from Amazon
Buy from Barnes and Noble
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).

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