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), Becoming an Ancestor (Červená Barva, 2015), and Birds of San Pancho (Blue Light Press, 2020).

She has co-edited the anthologies Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016) and Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2018), 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, “What the Tortoises Know”
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

Three poems

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

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

“The Poem’s Feet”

Poetry and Places
“Takamatsu: Ritsurin Garden”

“What the Tortoises Know”


Poetry Foundation
“Tooth Painter”

“The Art of Nothing”

Switched-on Gutenberg

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


“What the NSA knows”

Tarpaulin Sky
“And Now”

Valparaiso Poetry Review
“Autumn, the Girl”

“Birds of San Pancho”

Verse Daily
“Elegy for the Hall of Health”


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

The Writer’s Almanac
“Reject Jell-O”