Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York, in 1936.
Her books of poetry include Blessing the Boats: New
and Selected Poems 1988-2000 (BOA Editions, 2000), which
won the National Book Award.
In 1999 she was elected a Chancellor of The Academy
of American Poets. She has served as Poet Laureate for
the State of Maryland and is currently Distinguished
Professor of Humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Homage to My Hips
by Lucille Clifton
Read these hips are big hips.
they need space to move around in.
they don't fit into little petty places.
these hips are free hips.
they don't like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them to put a spell
on a man and spin him like a top!