Lucille Clifton: 1936-2010

“Poetry saves in the way that lives are saved — from the inside out.” — Lucille Clifton

The poet Lucille Clifton died last Saturday. (hat tip to metafilter) She was a good one. Parents, we need to be raising poets to replace these great ones who keep passing. You may not read poetry yourself, but believe me, you don’t want to live in a world without it.

homage to my hips

by Lucille Clifton

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!