Queen of the Mist

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Beacon Press, 2000 - Poetry - 110 pages
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It was regarded as "the ultimate stunt," and America had been waiting for someone to attempt it. In 1901, a barrel plunged over the brink of Niagara Falls. On the outside was painted "Queen of the Mist." Inside was a destitute 63-year-old teacher. Queen of the Mist tells the fascinating story of Annie Taylor, the woman who performed this perilous feat in hopes of reversing her fortunes. But as Joan Murray reveals, America didn't know what to do with a mature, self-possessed heroine: Annie Taylor, as an "older woman," was rejected, exploited, and finally eclipsed by the man who repeated her stunt ten years later. Queen of the Mist is at once a poignant and riveting adventure story, a drama of courage and transformation, and a truly remarkable piece of poetry.
 

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Contents

A Womans Options
7
THE GATE
17
Such Concern for Safety
23
The Triumphal Procession
43
THE ROAD
49
South to Spring
55
The Same New One
81
THE GOAL
89
The Hermit of Niagara
96
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Murray is the director of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario.

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