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ABOUT RUTH ZAMOYTA O'TOOLE ...Photo of Ruth O'Toole

Ruth Zamoyta O'Toole is the Communications Director for Ragged Sky. She is also Co-Editor of Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems, and author of Otsu and Other Poems (2007, Bronze by Gold Press), a collection of poems in response to Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings. Her novel Clarissa@Loveless.com, a variation on Samuel Richardson's Clarissa, was published serially by classicnovels.com in 2002. Listen to her read her poem, "Lost," podcast by Princeton Public Library.

 

A SAMPLE FROM RUTH ZAMOYTA O'TOOLE ...

My Bra

My bra, it keeps my breasts in equilibrium.
It stops them lolling,
makes them conform.

My bra, it makes my breasts be fair,
molded to hide flaws, absence,
age and arousal.

My bra, it makes my breasts concealed things,
thus objects to adore.

Underneath, my heart,
a hideous, unbridled growth,
peers out, ticking.


From Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems. Poem copyright Ruth Zamoyta O'Toole.

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