In The Erotic Spirit, edited by Sam Hamill, “Song at Midnight” by Lucille Clifton (1936 – 2010) is a lush poem about struggle, survival, and joy. It celebrates triumph over adversity, and revels in the strength and resilience of a woman.
brothers,/this big woman/ carries sweetness/ in the folds of her flesh…. she is/ rounder than the moon/ and far more faithful…. born in babylon/ both nonwhite and woman/ what did i see to be except myself?/i made it up/ here on this bridge between/ starshine and clay, … come celebrate/ with me that everyday/ something has tried to kill me/ and has failed.