- At 90
Today I'm sitting up frontin the tumbril reserved for the elderly.Soon, soon, I know—my head will be properly taken care of.Meanwhile, remembrances of youkeep plucking on my ribs,scooping out my heart,collapsing my belly, my lungs,seizing up my vulva,skewering me to the moments I won't let go.Soon, soon, I know—Enough will be genug. [End Page 84]
Ruth Dropkin was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn; graduated from Brooklyn College (where she was editor of its literary magazine); and had a long career as an editorial freelancer. Her attachment to Jewish feminism grew from the example of her mother, Rebbetzin Esther Forsyth Warshavsky, as well as from the Yiddish poetry of Celia Dropkin, mother of her second husband, John. She is the great-grandmother of four.