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Dressing Wounds on Tremont Street by Margaret Miranda
About the Author
Margaret Miranda was born in Boston and raised in Brookline, MA. After a year in Montreal she lived in England for 11 years, where she taught English Literature and earned a Masters Degree in Race, Culture and Social Change from Southampton University. She lives and writes in Brighton, MA.
The immediate occasion for Margaret Miranda's Dressing Wounds is loss: personal loss, loss of bearings, loss of station. To adapt Auden's line on Yeats we might say that mad Boston hurt her into poetry. And yet from the very beginning, from the first teeming lines of "How to Save A Life," we are called beyond the hurt, beyond the loss, and into what's on the other side - forgiveness, surrender, grace, gratitude, other people, whatever you want to call it; the bronchial fellowship of smokers in Alley 437, where in wet clothes, in tears, you know yourself at last to be powerless.
- from the Introduction by James Parker