when I watch you
wrapped up like garbage
sitting, surrounded by the smell
of too old potato peels
Lucille Clifton, born June 27, 1936 was a poet and writer from Buffalo, New York. Her poetry celebrates her African American heritage, and includes feminist themes, with particular emphasis on the female body; for instance, one of her more well known poems is Homage To My Hips. From 1979 -1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. In addition to her poetry, Clifton authored over 20 children's books. Lucille Clifton died on February 13, 2010, at the age of 73.
Lucille Clifton recites her poems:”What Haunts Him” and “Sorrows”.
Lucille Clifton recites her poems: “aunt jemima” and “afterblues.”
these hips are big hips
they need space to
move around in.
they don't fit into little
Work what you've got and be proud of it. Someone else probably wishes they had what you've got.