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Roxanne Carter is from California and has an MFA from Brown University; she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She is an aviation enthusiast and has made a number of long cross-country trips in her own small plane. Longing for the seaside, she can be found at www.persephassa.com.

Artist Statement: This piece borrows its title from Susan Bernstein's critical work, Housing Problems: Writing and Architecture in Goethe, Walpole, Freud, and Heidegger, in which she wrote, "The building cannot quite contain the experience of it; the very inscription of initiation points to an edge beyond itself, a falling-off into an uncharted priority or shadow-exterior." The text engages with Bernstein's analyses and navigates the space of an imagined house, a grand castle in the style of Gilded Age mansions, and attempts to create the experience of encountering narrow hallways, a gradual exposure of crowded rooms. It borrows structural elements from Susan Sontag's "Unguided Tour" in an effort to investigate the inscribed surface of the house, invoking the texture of domestic space through language and image.

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