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August 09, 2014


I love these two sonnets as well as the whole book, derange.

look on my works and get ready to fuck-all despair! doug lang doug lang.

Doug Lang is mighty, but looking on his works we do not despair. Two pair beats despair.

As is well known, Doug is one of the best kept secrets of our time. Of all time -- no problem. Any time.

Doug Lang has become a name. There is nothing we need more of than the one and only (Doug Lang).

Reader, do you keep a list? Good. Put dérangé at the top of your list. You won't be sorry. You'll want even more Doug, which I hope will be coming soon.

"...Zen joke #2: Women are just like men with dicks. Do you dig Nidji?" --Standup sonnet, from dérangé (with the best dedication in the history of western poetry)

"We hadn't had such a terribly good time in those days, and better things were ahead of us, but the trouble with the future is that it doesn't stop when it gets you to the place you want to be, it moves right on and takes you with it." --Freaks by Doug Lang

Brilliantly hilarious, hilariously brilliant, whatever. Doug Lang is inimitable, which cannot be said, apparently, of the dude Milton and Yo Yo Shelley.

as brilliant as the first time

the great dudley randall said that a poet is not a jukebox but have we considered whether a poet could be a slot machine? if so, these sonnets -- and all of derange -- hit the jackpot, dude-dude-dude, or yo-yo-yo. the verbal riches tumble around us and we are better for lang's genius, indeed.

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