Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Homage to My Hips"

Lucille Clifton reads her poem "Homage to My Hips".
(Listen--it's a big poem, but it's less than 1 minute long).

Clifton's poems always make me want to write poems myself, the way watching someone eat something meaty and juicy makes you want a bite too.

I found the poem link on Sherman Alexie's site "Falls Apart"--part of a list of unapologetic voices, in contrast to Obama--on his Stuff I Like list.
(Reading lists like his makes me want to write lists, the way watching someone eat salty corn chips...)

I was looking up Alexie because I was replacing one of the 5 Dickens books on the NEA's list of Top 100 Books with his The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven on my Revised Reading list. S.A. drew on that collection of his short stories when he wrote the screenplay for one of my favorite movies, Smoke Signals.

Well, here--I'll post the end of that movie, below.


ddip said...

Ah, that's so gratifying! I just sent you an email with some ideas to add to your revised reading list, and Sherman Alexie was one of the authors I suggested. Yeah!

fresca said...

I'm working on my revised list right now.
I watched Alexie on a fwe youTubes and he's really something--I like him even more, hearing him speak--a rare match of compassion with seeing how it really is.