Fire Escapes

Bill Ivans Gbafore
2 min readJul 7, 2022
Photo by Daryan Shamkhali on Unsplash

“…one can indeed escape the fire, and still perish through the means of that escape. — Ocean Vuong, The weight of our living: on hope, fire escapes, and visible desperations

While walking the streets of Hartford mourning his Uncle who committed suicide, Ocean’s attention was drawn to the huge metals erected along buildings: fire escapes. What else do these structures, eminent even today, represent?

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Bill Ivans Gbafore

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