Aside from being a prolific 20th century poet, Lang is best known for her films The Hebrew Project and Liquid Wind and her singles “Last Chance Disaster” and “Wilderness” as Tranquoizier. She lives in Marin County, California with her husband, where they enjoy copious amounts of Judaism, nature, and indie music. Lang also has a great fondness for penguins, studying history, and unlocking genealogical discoveries.
Tea & Sprockets is a contemporary poetry collection by modern American poet D.L. Lang. This 150 page single author anthology spans 15 years of work encompassing poems from 1995 to 2010. Across the 106 selected poems, Lang weaves together themes of love and friendship, death and loss, war and peace.
It was always a dream of mine to publish a poetry book. I’ve been writing poetry since I was 11 years old. The two oldest poems in this book are “Surf Clown” and “The Outsider.” It’s so awesome to be able to share my work with you, so please enjoy the journey!
To me, poetry is a coping mechanism, spiritual journey, humorous observation, and linguistic exploration, but what it truly is: my soul on a page. The mystery of poetry is that the reader never truly knows what the writer was thinking, so it takes on a meaning of its own to each person who reads it and relates, or not, to it.
I am an avid tea drinker. If you drink a cup of hot tea, you are forced to slow down and appreciate the tea. It is almost a meditative process. Poetry can have a similar contemplative quality about it. But then there’s the sprockets-the every day routine where your mind is constantly churning and the world is constantly turning. You can read poetry in this way as well translated into music or film there is a speedy quality. When I write sometimes the poetry is a direct flowing of my soul so fast that my pen cannot keep up-that is the sprockets. Other times, this is the result of meditation on a theme or word-there’s your tea. The spiritual and the mundane are life’s tea and sprockets.
I love reading non-fiction. Some of my favorite areas of study are Oklahoma history, marketing for artists, pretty much anything Judaic, the history of the 1960s, black history, sociology, and meditation. I also have numerous favorite poets including: Rabindranath Tagore, Jalal al-Din Rumi, Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Allen Ginsberg, e.e. cummings, Walt Whitman, and Henry David Thoreau. I would say though that the most profound influences have been those of musicians and bands such as Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Ringo Starr, The Beatles, The Monkees, and of Montreal.
Poetry direct from the soul to the page
“If you love poems, you will love this book. Eagerly waiting for more poem books from her!!” – Sean
“D.L. Lang writes with clarity, wit and meaning. Totally worth the price of admission, just don’t let the little Kindle light keep you up at night reading it.” – Ed Zimmerman
“Dinah said the thoughts in her poems echoed throughout her soul until finding their way into this book. By the end, they were echoing throughout my soul. Listen to the video, then get the book even if you do not usually read poetry.” – Gary P. Thaler
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