Today's poem is "Elegy for the Hall of Health"
from Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems

Blue Light Press

Lucille Lang Day is the author of a memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story (Heyday), a children's book, Chain Letter (Heyday), and ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including Becoming an Ancestor (Cervena Barva); The Curvature of Blue (Cervena Barva); Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems (Blue Light), winner of the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize; and Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope (BPW&P), which received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature. She has also co-authored How to Encourage Girls in Math and Science (Dale Seymour) and edited SEEK: Science Exploration, Excitement, and Knowledge (Children's Hospital Oakland). She received her M.A. in English and M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and her M.A. in zoology and Ph.D. in science/mathematics education at the University of California at Berkeley. The founder and director of a small press, Scarlet Tanager Books, she also served for seventeen years as the director of the Hall of Health, an interactive museum in Berkeley.

Books by Lucille Lang Day:

Other poems on the web by Lucille Lang Day:
"Tooth Painter"
Two poems
Seven poems
Two poems
Two poems
"Birds of San Pancho"
"Reject Jell-O"
"What My Father-in-Law Says"
"We Are All On the Edge of Something"
Seven poems
Two poems
"Helen Agonistes"

Lucille Lang Day's Website.

Lucille Lang Day on Twitter.

About Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems:

"The Muse of Museums has found her poet in Lucille Lang Day. She has a painter's eyes, a scientist's mind and an alchemist's soul. In her museum poems-be they dedicated to art, anthropology, science or pinball-she describes the world we enter with scientific precision, paints it with colorful words, then throws in a tincture of wild imagination, memory, a drop of ancestral spirit and proclaims: 'Let there be magic!' and there is magic, in poem after poem. The shaman whose costume is preserved in a glass case rises to fly over oceans. At the Pinball Museum, with her nine-year-old grandson, we are suddenly in the company of his grandfather, 'slender and seventeen,' playing a mean pinball. In the art museum a female Buddha dances for us in the poet's eye. Read these poems and you too will be touched by magic."
— Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

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