Tag: Annie Edson Taylor

  • Chernobyl by John Wall Barger

    Annie Edson Taylor first to survive Niagara Falls in a barrel she is our heroine. The Zone glitters like a mirage an abandoned city à la Tarkovsky’s Stalker fizzing with radiation. Taylor—praise her—sleepwalks on the lawn of the soporific hospital.  She blinks, eyes yellow, shadowed by the central chimney. Is it a lighthouse in the…

  • El Barril by James Thomas Stevens

    In the one-time mecca of the hard-up honeymoon, we were both born. Yours, a life above the waterfall. Mine, below. And Annie Taylor? We were all schooled in her story. How Miss Michigan schoolteacher took on the cataract at sixty-three. In her petticoats and lace-up boots, clutching her good-luck-heart-shaped satin pillow, she stepped into the…

  • King of the Mist by Diana Williamson

    Annie Edson Taylor Wanted to be first over the falls A school teacher from New York She was gonna’ show them all She had a custom barrel made But first tested it on a cat The poor thing plunged over the falls It had no say, cause that was that Luckily the cat emerged A…

  • The Falling: Three Who Have Intentionally Plunged Over Niagara Falls With the Hope of Surviving by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

    1. Annie Edson Taylor (1901) Don’t hate me because I sent the cat first. Darling, desperate times require— well, they require. I told the little girl who owned the cat I’d buy her a new one. Days of waiting for a coin of mention in the newspaper. Days of waiting for wind— for a sign,…

  • “She’s Coming!” by Joan Murray

    Murray A crowd flowed onto the Suspension Bridge.Another onto Prospect Point.A third onto the Three Sisters Islands—all along the railings in the gorge.Across the river, a thousand more poured down to Table Rock.And up the shore, a hundred others—men, women and children—stood by the dock at Truesdale’s cottage, waiting to see me off.There were no…