Lucille Clifton Poems
- Homage To My Hips these hips are big hips. they need space ...
- Poem In Praise Of Menstruation if there is a river more ...
- I Am Accused Of Tending To The... i am accused of tending ...
- Lorena it lay in my palm soft and trembled as a new bird and...
- Moonchild whatever slid into my mother's room that late ...
- Miss Rosie when I watch you wrapped up like garbage ...
- Good Times my daddy has paid the rent and the insurance man ...
an American writer and educator from Buffalo, New York. From 1979–1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. Common topics in her poetry include the celebration of her African American heritage, and feminist themes, with particular emphasis on the female body.
Life and career
Lucille Clifton (born Thelma Lucille Sayles) grew up in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School in 1953. She went on to study on a scholarship at Howard University from 1953 to 1955, and after leaving over poor grades, studied at the State University of New York at Fredonia (near Buffalo).
In 1958, she married Fred James Clifton, a professor of Philosophy at ... more »
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''Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.''Lucille Clifton (b. 1936), U.S. poet. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 9, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
Homage To My Hips
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