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 Book: Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California


Fire and Rain

Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan, is not only a beautiful and thorough anthology but an homage to California, its varieties of landscapes, and the amazing poetry it has evoked. Like no other collection in its focus, it presents for the reader experiences of life and personal perspectives on the region while also providing an invaluable resource for teachers of creative writing and literature and the ecology, habitats, and species of the state.”
   — Pattiann Rogers, recipient of the John Burroughs Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nature Poetry

“Day and Nolan have done a considerable service to select and gather these poems. Their ample anthology provides a generous record of California poets’ love and concern for their common world. What more important theme can we in this golden land share?”
   — from the Foreword by Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate

 

Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California

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