Lucille Clifton

(June 27, 1936 - February 13, 2010 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Lucille Clifton Poems

1. Here Rests 3/11/2015
2. The Mississippi River Empties Into The Gulf 1/3/2003
3. The Times 1/3/2003
4. The Photograph: A Lynching 1/3/2003
5. The Lost Women 1/3/2003
6. Won'T You Celebrate With Me 1/3/2003
7. Cutting Greens 1/3/2003
8. The Lost Baby Poem 1/3/2003
9. Song At Midnight 1/3/2003
10. Shapeshifter Poems 1/3/2003
11. Wishes For Sons 1/3/2003
12. She Understands Me 1/3/2003
13. Seeker Of Visions 1/3/2003
14. Telling Our Stories 1/3/2003
15. Island Mary 1/3/2003
16. Admonitions 1/3/2003
17. Praise Song 1/13/2003
18. To A Dark Moses 1/3/2003
19. My Mama Moved Among The Days 1/3/2003
20. Fury 1/3/2003
21. Climbing 1/3/2003
22. Harriet 1/3/2003
23. Listen Children 1/3/2003
24. Sisters 1/13/2003
25. Adam Thinking 1/3/2003
26. There Is A Girl Inside 1/3/2003
27. A Dream Of Foxes 1/3/2003
28. Memory 1/3/2003
29. Lorena 1/3/2003
30. Moonchild 1/3/2003
31. Miss Rosie 1/3/2003
32. Good Times 1/3/2003
33. I Am Accused Of Tending To The Past 1/3/2003
34. Poem In Praise Of Menstruation 1/3/2003
35. Homage To My Hips 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Lucille Clifton

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

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Memory

ask me to tell how it feels
remembering your mother's face
turned to water under the white words
of the man at the shoe store. ask me,
though she tells it better than i do,
not because of her charm
but because it never happened
she says,
no bully salesman swaggering,

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