This is a poem that surprises by its frankness. The line lengths are uneven and free, perhaps suggesting a swaying, dancelike motion. The structural development is also free and spontaneous. In lines 1, 5, 8, 11, and 12, new units begin with the phrase these hips. Elsewhere, the structure is governed by the repetition of they. These structures all suggest movement. The freedom and informality suggested by the motion is also complemented by the poem’s lack of capitalization.
The topic of a speaker’s hips is not the usual subject material of poetry. The attitude expressed here is not only that the speaker speaks freely about her hips, but demonstrates total delight in them, without embarrassment but with pride and the memory of delight and power.
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