“Riding the Elevator Into the Sky”

Elevators have made their way into all kinds of popular media, even poetry. One poem in particular that makes extensive use of the elevator as metaphor is Anne Sexton’s “Riding the Elevator into the Sky,” originally published in the New Yorker, in the June 3, 1974 issue. It was published the next year in her eighth book of poetry, The Awful Rowing Toward God.


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