Poetry Lucille Lang Day The Curvature of Blue

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The Curvature of Blue

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Poetry. As a scientist and poet, Lucille Lang Day goes beyond celebration of the natural world to explore the intersections of science, nature, and human experience, and to meld scientific accuracy with intuition. "Intelligence enjoying itself, awareness at play, attentiveness dancing through life's minefields: smiling at itself in its new black car ('Nor have I shunned onyx jewelry. That would be foolish'), Lucille Lang Day will at first glance make you smile and smile again. Then, with her scientist's mind, her woman's heart, her pain at injustice and evil, and her poet's eye and ear, she will carry you 'through the mountains and canyons of space-time' to a fuller humanity. THE CURVATURE OF BLUE is a wonderful book and I feel lucky to have read it"--Alicia Ostriker.

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Lucille Lang Day is the author of five full-length poetry collections: THE CURVATURE OF BLUE (Cervena Barva, 2009), INFINITIES (Cedar Hill, 2002) WILD ONE (Scarlet Tanager, 2000), FIRE IN THE GARDEN (Mother's Hen, 1997), and Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope (Berkeley Poets' Workshop and Press, 1982), which received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She has also published three poetry chapbooks. Chain Letter, her children's book, was published by Heyday in 2005. 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 and mathematics education at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Intelligence enjoying itself, awareness at play, attentiveness dancing through life's minefields: smiling at itself in its new black car ('Nor have I shunned onyx jewelry. That would be foolish'). Lucille Lang Day will at first glance make you smile and smile again. Then, with her scientist's mind, her woman's heart, her pain at injustice and evil, and her poet's eye and ear, she will carry you 'through the mountains and canyons of space-time' to a fuller humanity. The Curvature of Blue is a wonderful book and I feel lucky to have read it. --Alicia Ostriker

In Lucille Lang Day's poems, stunning transformations of language cross the placenta barrier between the worlds of science and human emotion. She thinks and feels in color, enabling us to inhabit the complexity of the universe--as experienced at breakfast with a lover, in the wild with caribou, or in meditations on acts of historical horror--all made radiant by her lyric gifts and wisdom. --Teresa Cader

Is the sky blue? Lucille Lang Day's poems paint it a hundred different ways, full of geometry and change, structure and feeling, as plangent as a sunset, as secret as an electromagnetic field. Divine love holds the physical parts together, even as human love and its marvelous stories are the substance of our lives. Here are witty, intelligent, affectionate poems making grand, skeptical comparisons and painting us and our shadows in brilliant colors--perfect poems for our time. --F.D. Reeve

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