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Roof Life

Roof Life

by Svetlana Alpers,
Psychology Today, August 5, 2013

In The Roofwalker (1961), the poet Adrienne Rich imagines builders standing on a roof at night, “the wave of darkness about to break on their heads” and the sky “a torn sail where figures pass magnified, shadows on a burning deck.” The narrator feels “like them up there: exposed, larger than life, and due to break my neck.”


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