Doug Lang's IN THE WORKS unites the charm of Robert Creeley, the energy and grace of Charlie Parker, and the urbane sophistication of John Ashbery with an inventive and original sensibility unlike anything in contemporary poetry. Writes Anselm Berrigan: "Doug Lang’s poems are the only poems that matter, the only poems to undo matter and matter’s semolina mango afore the great splatter. As the great Patrick Ewing told his boys once he made the NBA & played against Larry Bird for the first time, this motherfucker is the Truth!"
Doug Lang was from South Wales, and lived in Washington, D.C. from 1973 until his death in November 2022. Lang taught at the Corcoran College of Art & Design from 1976 to 2013. In the 1950s and 1960s he worked at British Home Stores department store and the Home & Colonial supermarket, both in Swansea, and at the Steel Company of Wales. He attended Coleg Harlech in North Wales, 1965- 1967, where his teaching career began in an unofficial capacity as a tutor to fellow students. Lang taught writing at the American-based Aegean School of Fine Arts in Greece in 1968 and 1970 and worked in television news at the BBC in London, 1970-1973. His novel, Freaks, was published by New English Library in 1973. From 1976 to 1978 Lang ran the influential Folio Books Reading series, which brought together poets from NewYork, the West Coast, D.C. and elsewhere including John Ashbery, Charles Bernstein, Ted Berrigan, Tim Dlugos, Barbara Guest, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, Susan Howe, Tom Raworth, and many others. Lang is the author of Hot Shot (Jawbone, 1977), Magic Fire Chevrolet (Titanic, 1980), dérangé (Primary Writing, 2013), and Epistrophy (dry imager, 2020).