One of my absolute, absolute favorite poems. The podcast “Poetry off the Shelf” did a great show with Lucille Clifton and I just loved her preface to this poem:
“I am a luxury-sized woman… In the United States, we like all kind of luxury-sized things, except women, which is very annoying.”
To add to why I love her, the interviewer asks, “Was [the poem] a response to the feminist movement?”
And then she laughs and says, “No, it was a response to my big hips!” SO, here it is:
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
–“Homage to My Hips”, Lucille Clifton