Friends of Doug Lang

$15,470 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 16 months
Bernard Welt
on behalf of Phyllis Rosenzweig
 TAKOMA PARK, MD
Doug Lang, born in Swansea, Wales, came to the US in 1973, and quickly became the most American of poets. In Washington, DC, he has been for many years a human hub of the local community of writers and artists. The reading series he directed at Folio Books helped establish the DC-New York-Bay Area poetry axis that fostered the work of dozens of emerging poets in the ‘70s and ‘80s. His own work, in collections like Hot Shot, Magic Fire Chevrolet, and Dérangé, and in many small-press and zine publications, has influenced American poets and poetry for decades. His erudite command of literature, cinema, music, and visual art, his wit, and his indefatigable spirit of patience and good will have inspired the admiration of writers throughout the US and around the world.


Doug Lang reads "Cwmbach sonnet"

Doug Lang - Readings and interviews at PennSound Archive of Contemporary American Writing
 


At the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, Doug offered generations of students a living example of the writer as artist, introducing innovative, student-centered and experiential methods long before they were adopted in classes throughout the US. He made the Corcoran a prestigious and productive place to study writing as well as visual art and design. He was always available to offer advice, critique, and encouragement—to his colleagues in faculty and staff as well as students. In 37 years as a teacher, Faculty Association President, department chair, and Interim Dean, Doug Lang served as a mentor to hundreds of students and alumni, a beloved colleague, a valued leader in difficult times, and for many of us, the heart, soul, and conscience of one of the nation’s most original places to study art.

Now, in his retirement years, our friend and colleague Doug Lang faces serious medical issues, and his expenses exceed his resources—as so often is the case with those who have devoted themselves to writing and teaching. We are reaching out to you, the community for whom Doug so often proved a tireless advocate and ally, to donate what you can to defray the expenses of his care at Springvale Terrace in Silver Spring MD.



 
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Hello to everyone who has acknowledged Doug Lang's influence upon their lives with a donation to help defray his medical and living expenses at Springvale Terrace in Silver Spring, and hello to everyone who hasn't yet found an opportunity to do so.
Doug is celebrating his 77th birthday on Wednesday, April 11. This is the perfect time to wish him well with a contribution to this fund. Your contributions go directly to the account that pays his expenses. Fortunately, he is able to meet expenses, largely due to the thoughtfulness of those who have contributed through this GoFundMe page. But the account diminishes every month.
A contribution of 10, 20, or 50 dollars can help a lot at this time.
This page is managed by Doug Lang's friends in support of his present and future well-being. Please contact Friends of Doug Lang here to arrange lunch or movie dates with Doug!
And share with friends. Thanks.
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I hope you're following the progress and the updates at https://www.gofundme.com/friends-of-doug-lang
And I encourage everyone to continue sharing the page.

Today this poem reminded me why I love Doug's work, how it's inspired me, and how it always makes me think more deeply about poetry.

Asbergery double sonnet

“Though laurel wreaths my brows did ne’er environ,
I think myself as great a bard as Byron.” —John Clare

Blinkers or rose-colored glasses? Ah, I
forgot about the possibility of both.
I forgot about the blindfold, tunnel
vision, double vision, hallucinogenic drugs,
altitude sickness, eye floaters, panic
disorder, presbyopia, farsightedness,
you know, all of that. Forgot about
the forested coast of Prince William
Sound 12 billion barrels of oil from
Prudhoe Bay pipeline less stable Palin
25 feet of snow Valdez Docks a grizzly
five miles Secret-Service grade
hind legs an ordinary evening disentangled
off-putting. You, you think you’re

going to run away and just dance… yeah.
You’re so asbergery. An efficacious
gallery of scathing flowers I never
knew before, elms and ashes, the need
for food becomes greed due to the yetzer hara.
Servomechanisms more fun
than fun, miniature blame-quests become
the Hegelian Bad Infinite. What
happened your legs? Allow your shoes
ultra-trendy molecules throwing money
around all Xmas-tricked-out as if Bill Knott
normal from the outside. He opens the
door fifteen years later on your laptop, in
the contrails of fabulousness a queen bee
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This morning, after only about 3 days online, we reached our stated goal, raising funds to defray the costs of Doug Lang's care. It should not be surprising that this outpouring of love and support shows what Doug means to his friends, fans, students, and colleagues, but I'm kind of overwhelmed, and of course grateful to everyone who's not only contributed, but shared this page with others.
I hope you'll continue to do so. Doug's medical expenses are unpredictable, and though this support makes a huge, night-and-day difference in ensuring the best of care, the crew committed to supporting Doug are well aware of that.
We're looking for means to thank you with copies of Doug's works. Meanwhile, we'll continue to post updates here, and occasional treats like this, one of the best tributes to Doug online:

Doug Lang in America - Terence Winch on The Best American Poetry blog
http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/2008/07/doug-lang-in-am.html
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Yesterday was the “soft launch” of this GoFundMe appeal, and within 24 hours we are already within reach of our initial goal—a testament to the admiration, gratitude, and love Doug has inspired in so many who know him.

--You can reach Doug at his (relatively) new residence at:
Springvale Terrace Retirement Community
8505 Springvale Rd.
apt. 41
Please note that Doug is listed under his birth name: William Allen
Silver Spring, MD 20910
His phone number is 240 641 5431

This past winter, as a result of COPD, congestive heart disease, and short-term memory deficit, it became evident that Doug required a higher level of care than was possible if he continued living on his own. A group of his friends found this residence on his behalf, recognizing that the monthly charges, in addition to incidental medical expenses, exceeded his means. That’s how this appeal started.
The response has been amazing and of course gratifying. We will be considering ways to share Doug’s legacy in writing and art with everyone who has visited this GoFundMe page; and hope to provide updates often. If you haven’t noticed, there’s a link to video of Doug reading a poem, and one to interviews with Doug available online. Meanwhile, we are all very grateful for this outpouring of love and offers of assistance.

--This appeal remains open indefinitely. Doug’s future expenses are very difficult to predict. GoFundMe takes only a small percentage of total gifts, and of course any funds donated here go solely to Doug’s immediate care.

Use this site’s comments section to share images and texts and stories and ideas; Bernard will receive them and make sure they’re shared with all.
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Paddy Kitson
16 months ago
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I was a fellow student with Doug at Coleg Harlech, Wales over 50 years ago - this is the first indication that he is unwell that I have had but I would be happy to contribute as soon as I catch up on how he is doing. So how is he? I'll find out how to kitty up from your info on funding - but only fairly modestly. At times like this I give praise for Britain's National Health Service (established over 70 years ago by Doug's Welsh compatriot Aneurin Bevan).

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Roz Kuehn
16 months ago
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I meant get WELL soon!

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Bernard Welt
16 months ago
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Paddy: Doug's Washington friends are excited and grateful to hear from you. However, I don't have an email to contact you. The update here gives a little information on Doug's health. You can also subscribe to updates. We hope to hear from you again.

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$15,470 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 16 months
Created April 20, 2017
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PC
$100
Peter Coates
4 days ago

Just saw this--been a little out of touch the last 40 years. You've been a big influence on a lot of people. Me for one, although I'm sure I never mentioned it.

ES
$100
Emily Shepardson
2 months ago

I have fond memories of Doug at the Corcoran in the 80's and the many times I have seen him since.

SH
$50
Seemeen Hashem
4 months ago

Fond memories of classes with Doug at the Corcoran. Love and respect

JY
$75
James Young
4 months ago

Fond memories of THEY days, love + respect, J.

AH
$50
Amber Haynes
4 months ago

I have nothing but wonderful memories of Doug’s classes at the Corcoran. I hold him responsible for my eclectic taste in music, for which I am eternally grateful.

Paddy Kitson
16 months ago
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I was a fellow student with Doug at Coleg Harlech, Wales over 50 years ago - this is the first indication that he is unwell that I have had but I would be happy to contribute as soon as I catch up on how he is doing. So how is he? I'll find out how to kitty up from your info on funding - but only fairly modestly. At times like this I give praise for Britain's National Health Service (established over 70 years ago by Doug's Welsh compatriot Aneurin Bevan).

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Roz Kuehn
16 months ago
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I meant get WELL soon!

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Bernard Welt
16 months ago
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Paddy: Doug's Washington friends are excited and grateful to hear from you. However, I don't have an email to contact you. The update here gives a little information on Doug's health. You can also subscribe to updates. We hope to hear from you again.

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