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Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope: Poems
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Lucille gives an overview of the book:

"Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope is an exceptional collection, frequently drawing upon the concerns of the neurochemist and biologist whose laboratory procedures make stunning connections for the poet between microscopic and human life...This inventive and accessible poet turns old kitchens and scientific laboratories into new places worth exploring along with her." — Robert Pinksy, David Littlejohn, and Michael Rubin, Judges, Joseph Henry Jackson Award
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"Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope is an exceptional collection, frequently drawing upon the concerns of the neurochemist and biologist whose laboratory procedures make stunning connections for the poet between microscopic and human life...This inventive and accessible poet turns old kitchens and scientific laboratories into new places worth exploring along with her."

— Robert Pinksy, David Littlejohn, and Michael Rubin, Judges, Joseph Henry Jackson Award

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NEURAL FOLDS

 For John Teton

The frog embryos spin,
a million tiny skaters
in bright sacs. Soon
neurons will web each body,
spreading fine mesh
through muscle and skin.

First, the neural folds
must fuse. Crest cells
edging a moon-bald field
reach with bulbous arms;
flowing inward, they move
toward each other.

And when they finally meet,
melding together, cell by cell,
there is no explanation:
they know who they are.
I can almost hear them
yammering in strange tongues.

Lucille Lang Day

 

From Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope,
first published in The New York Times Magazine

 

 

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Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, my first poetry collection, received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award.

About Lucille

Lucille Lang Day's memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, was published by Heyday in October 2012. She is also the author of a children's book, Chain Letter, and eight poetry collections and chapbooks: The Curvature of Blue, God of the Jellyfish, The Book of Answers,...

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Published Reviews

Nov.07.2012

The uncompromisingly frank account of a gifted woman's unlikely journey from teenage mother and juvenile delinquent to award-winning writer and scholar.

Dec.10.2012

"...this is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time, memoir or otherwise."