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"With every call to save a life, Maggie Dubris - who worked as a 911 paramedic in Hell's Kitchen throughout the '80s and '90s enters a different and strange world. . . . . A vivid rendering of the lives of New York's poorest and most invisible." -New York Post
"I used to think that working on an ambulance would be like being in a war," writes Maggie Dubris, a longtime paramedic in and around Times Square. "I thought that I would go up against death, face to face, and that I would win, because I wanted to so much. But that's not how it is."
In this, her debut collection, Dubris tells us "how it is" in unheroic, often comic detail. Her stories and poems - full of strobe-lit images of the homeless, the lost, and the luckless in emergency rooms, hotel rooms, and subway tunnels - are the verbal equivalents of Weegee's photographs. It was Weegee who wrote: "When you find yourself [feeling] a bond between yourself and the people you document, when you life and cry with their laughter and their tears, you will know you are on the right track." Maggie Dubris, in this debut collection, is most definitely on the right track. Weep Not, My Wanton collects eight short stories and a fifty-page poem, "WilleWorld," all based on Dubris' experience as an EMS worker in New York City. Here, too, is a ambitious series of linked poems, "Toilers of the Sea," concerning other themes: extinction, time, comic books, and the passage of the old world into the new.
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Maggie Dubris is also the author of "WillieWorld" (Cuz Editions, 1998), and was awarded an NEA fellowship for literature in 2001. For ten years she was a guitarist and principle songwriter for the all-female band Homer Erotic, ("Homerica The Beautiful", Depth of Field Records, 1999). She also co-wrote, co-produced, and appeared in the short film Welcome to WillieWorld, directed by Scott Saunders, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2001. She has worked for twenty years as a 911 paramedic in New York City's Times Square area.Review:
"In this stunning debut . . .are sentences that, at any turn, could tear your heart open." -- Ammiel Alcalay, review of poem WillieWorld, Poetry Project Newsletter, 6/99
"Maggie Dubris is one of the best lyric poets writing today . . .a book to refer to whenever you need inspiration." -- Vicki Hudspith, review of Weep Not, My Wanton, poetz.com 2002
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