"Nearing the second half of this collection the author picks up a fluid pace with poems woven with a tapestry of religious dialogue and political climate commentary. As a collection of poems spanning pivotal subjects, Armor Against the Dawn is a complex representation of the poet's passionate views. The collection is layered with expressive thought and candid revelations of the poet's position on multiple current day social events. Insightful, as well as bold, the collection is infused with an underlying theme of a continual searching for answers, for understanding, and for resolution. As the collection closes, the poet offers a beautiful poem, Stay, that highlights the promise of a better world, a kinder outlook and the reward of closeness that stems from working together."
-- Realistic Poetry International
Armor Against The Dawn is D.L. Lang's 8th book, largely comprised of topical poetry, left-wing political protest poetry written in response to current events, politics, and the experience of local protests. This book includes "Sheltering in Places”, “Worldly Windows” and “Stay” which were all first published in the Benicia Herald, and “Prayer for the Shomerim” was first published in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.
Armor Against the Dawn came about mostly in the latter half of 2016. I attended a number of protests that had a spiritual bent which inspired me to write a number of these verses. People feeling called on behalf of whatever their spiritual path was to protest for a better world, for peace, against racism, for the environment, while simultaneously honoring and giving voice to the different traditions through which we all perceive the world. Whether joining with indigenous Americans protesting the pipeline ("Street Prophets"), with Buddhists meditating for peace ("Peace Day", "Holding On"), or with my fellow Jews actively resisting the oncoming era ("The Day of Jewish Resistance"), it provided many powerful moments that translated into poetry. This book is also comprised of many post-election reflections, and about 30 poems from my archives written prior to September 2016 that simply weren't freed up for publication at the time of Barefoot in the Sanctuary.