Any time you've got a poem about a body part, chances are that you're going to be reading quite a bit about what that part looks like and how it moves in the world. As "homage to my hips" proves, though, appearances are only skin deep. Clifton delights in documenting her speaker's "big" hips because they don't conform to societal standards of beauty. As far as her speaker is concerned, bigger is better – and she's ready to tell us precisely why that's the case.
Although "homage to my hips" is a poem about a body part, it strategically withholds any actual descriptions of the hips in order to challenge readers' notions of physical beauty.
This poem offers vivid descriptions of the speaker's hips, which helps readers imagine how her hips contribute to her overall body image.