Lucy’s poetry collections and chapbooks include Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope (Berkeley Poets’ Workshop & Press, 1982), Fire in the Garden (Mother’s Hen, 1997), Wild One (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2000), Lucille Lang Day: Greatest Hits, 1975-2000 (Pudding House, 2001), Infinities (Cedar Hill, 2002), The Book of Answers (Finishing Line, 2006), God of the Jellyfish (Červená Barva, 2007), The Curvature of Blue (Červená Barva, 2009), Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems (Blue Light, 2015), and Becoming an Ancestor (Červená Barva, 2015).

Her first children’s book, Chain Letter, based on her poem “Letter from St. Jude,” was published by Heyday Books in 2005; her second children’s book, The Rainbow Zoo, a rhyming picture book, was released by Scarlet Tanager Books in 2016. She has also co-edited the anthology Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016), written the libretto for Eighteen Months to Earth, a science fiction opera with music by John Niec, and published hundreds of poems in magazines and anthologies, including The Berkeley Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, The Chattahoochee Review, The Hawaii Pacific Review, The Hudson Review, Nimrod International Journal, Parthenon West Review, Poet Lore, Psychological Perspectives, River Styx, RUNES: A Review of Poetry, Tar River Poetry, The Threepenny Review, ZYZZYVA, The Addison Street Anthology (Heyday), California Poetry: From the Goldrush to the Present (Heyday), A More Perfect Union (St. Martin’s), Mother Songs (Norton), and September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (Etruscan).


Seven Poems

Blue Lyra Review
“Rituals” and “I Am Afraid”

“Avon Calling in the Amazon,” “Last Day of Zoo Camp”
and “Where the Radiation Goes”

Crack the Spine

“Three Omens”

“Reject Jell-O” and “Applying for AFDC”

“Business in D.C.”

“Becoming an Ancestor” and “Return to Acushnet”

Three poems

Three poems

Five poems

“What If the Flight of My Memory is Booked? Can I Take the Next Plane?”

“Can LSD or Mescaline Free the Nuthatch Trapped in My Cerebrum?”

Levure Litteraire
“Edge,” “Resplendent Quetzals” and “Let Me Count the Ways”

“Autumn, the Girl,” “Names of the Horses,” “Children at Play,”
and “Blue Star and Yellow Moon

“Muir Woods at Night”

“Encounter with the Ancestors” and “What We Missed”

“The Poem’s Feet”

Poetry Foundation
“Tooth Painter”

“All the Good Poems,”
“In the Field of the Poem, When Will the Star Tulips Open?,”
“If the Poem Is Broken, How Can the Sunflowers Breathe?”
and “If I Had to Write a Poem”

Switched-on Gutenberg

Talking Writing
“Elephant Seals” and “Birthday Gifts from the Rain Forest”


Tarpaulin Sky
“And Now”

The Tower Journal
Three poems

Valparaiso Poetry Review
“Autumn, the Girl”

“Birds of San Pancho”

Women’s Voices for Change
“The Lost Books” and “Figurines”

The Writer’s Almanac
“Reject Jell-O”


One: the moon
circling Earth, dragging
the oceans like flowing
blue gowns; the human
heart pumping blood
through a network
of rivers that end-on-end
would loop the world
more than twice; the sperm
that wins the race, breaking
through to a new world
inside the ovum; a point,
indescribably small,
a fixed position flashing
in fathomless space.

Two: the eyes required
for depth perception
showing that the throat
of a hummingbird gleams
beyond the liquidambar’s
last gold leaves; wings
that lift a yellow warbler
high above the willows;
the people it takes to make
a new heart begin to beat;
the points that determine
a line from Earth to infinity.

Three: the pairs of legs
that carry the silver-etched
shell of a tortoise beetle;
silky fan-shaped petals
of a pink star tulip
growing close to the loam;
spatial dimensions
that unfolded like petals
of the evening primrose
in the Big Bang; points
making a plane to hold
the stars of the Milky Way.

Four: the chambers
of the heart, allowing
blood to flow in one
direction; the legs of
a white-tailed deer leaping
across a stream; seeds
of the creeping sage
whose blue-violet flowers
carpet the foothills;
the dimensions of space/
time. Let there be four!
And stars can beat, life
stir and breathe.

Lucille Lang Day

From The Curvature of Blue,
first published in RUNES