Writer Lucille Lang Day was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Her memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, received a 2013 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her other books include ten poetry collections and chapbooks, two children’s books, and a co-authored textbook, How to Encourage Girls in Math and Science. She has also published fiction, essays, book reviews, song lyrics, science journalism, feature articles, and research papers. Her work has appeared widely in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies.

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Latest Poetry Book: Becoming an Ancestor

Becoming an Ancestor

“Lucille Lang Day recreates her ancestors with scrupulous detail and often stunning images until her poems read like the history of anyone ‘born of the myths of Europe/and North America.'” 
   — Lynne Knight, author of The Persistence of Longing

“Following centuries of fateful migrations, Lucille Lang Day becomes the California teller of tales that wow us with her own intimate versions of how need, time and again, restores our lives to living streams of love.” 
   — Al Young, California Poet Laureate Emeritus

“To become an ancestor requires knowledge of those who came before and concern for those who will follow; these poems travel that ground skillfully.”   — Kirkus Reviews


Becoming an Ancestor

Aubade In Red

First rays of light
falling on pointed red petals
and pinnate leaves
of the desert trumpet;

the glow that reveals
slim blooms of the scarlet bugler,
the breast of the scarlet tanager,
the cap of the red-headed woodpecker,
the calliope hummingbird’s throat;

radiance announcing
the vine maple’s purple-red
polygamous flowers,
growing in clusters,
its smooth, red-brown bark
and paired red seeds.

Each morning let us applaud
the brightness that unfolds
to show the abundance
of all things red:
red bays and red oaks,
red coral, red clover,
red-shafted flickers
and even red pandas,
even red ants.

Lucille Lang Day

From The Curvature of Blue, first
published in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment