Is it Tuesday? Every Tuesday a new poem appears in the box and on the blog.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Second Poem!

This week's poem is "Homage to My Hips" by Lucille Clifton. Clifton died of cancer on February 13, 2010 at the age of 73. She was a fearless, funny, irreverent poet who wrote poems that are accessible and powerful.

Here's a tribute to Clifton by the poet Gerald Stern:

"I want to give thanks to the dear woman who suffered so much. To her wisdom—like no other; to her presence—like no other.

I want to thank her for her humor, her memory, her stubbornness, her honesty, her grace, her anger.

She will walk along some river—where else?—and she will know her way home by how the air feels, by the wind.

There was nothing like her; there was no one like her. No one will cry mercy like her.

This is the poem of hers I am reading today, from The Book of Light.

it was a dream

in which my greater self 
rose up before me 
accusing me of my life 
with her extra finger whirling 
in a gyre of rage at what 
my days had come to. what,  
i pleaded with her, could i do, 
oh what could i have done? 
and she twisted her wild hair 
and sparked her wild eyes and screamed 
as long as i could hear her 
This.  This.  This."
And here's a link to a very complete biography and bibliography of Clifton:


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