Expanding the Poetic Horizon

As a poet, I never wanted to take classes about poetry. In fact I wrote a poem about it. I never wanted to be classically (or technically) trained. I thought that classes in poetry would diminish and stifle my creativity; would put me in a corner. And nobody puts Baby in the corner. All of this is coming from someone who loves education, who always wanted and wants to learn something new, anything new. Needless to say in pursuit of my degrees I have encountered numerous poetry classes. I have loved every one of them. Through these classes, I was introduced to new poets and new poems. I got to learn that the old rules of Haiku are not as stringent as we thought and I learned which forms I’m really good at composing.

I’ve mentioned Lucille Clifton on the blog before. She is one of my favorite poets but she is also a poet that I was introduced to through one of those courses I didn’t want to take. I had about a year of falling in love with her poems, some of which are laced with humor, before she passed away. This week I’d like to share one of my favorites with you. As a woman who’s had hips since she was 12, I really appreciate the glory that she gives to hips and the wit she displayed in paying homage to her hers.

Hope you all enjoy!

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

Lucille Clifton

Poem courtesy of PoemHunter.com


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