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(huffington post)When the poet and educator Lucille Clifton died in 2010 at the age of seventy-three, she not only left behind volumes of lauded poetry and prose but also a talk in which she exclaims her love for her body.

The video -- hat tip to Upworthy -- is short, but it is powerful. In it, Clifton says she is "thrilled" with her "body parts" while making it very clear that she does not have the body parts that society tells us we should be thrilled with:

"You are supposed to 18 to 20 and I'm not... You are supposed to not have gray hair, and I love my hair... You are supposed to weigh about 125 and I was born weighing more than that."

"I like the celebrate the wonderfulness that I am," Clifton says.

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Watch as she reads her inspiring poem on body image, “Homage To My Hips” below.

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