Maya Lowy

Drunken Forest

Do you feel sometimes like the floor here is moving under you
Adela asks
coming back with another bottle of McCormick’s gin

I say no

As the permafrost melts and hardens again
the trees begin to stagger
and lean
I am looking at them now
the angle is like a clock hand pointing at eleven

Two black dogs frolic
a blond child drags a stick
cupid face                   curly hair
he fits his arms into his puff jacket and runs off

The whole ground slopes steeply

We pour shots of Fernet-Branca
boil spring water for Jameson toddies

the moss under my feet
alternates between soft and crunchy
piles of ptarmigan scat like scentless wood pellets

It is snowing again
the mountains are asleep
my hands fall asleep
the tipsy trees
pass out on their roots
supported on the shoulders of their friends


Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Maya Lowy completed her MFA at the University of New Orleans in May of 2016. She spent the summer of 2017 working nine miles outside of Denali National Park in Alaska. Her poems can be found in Kalyna Review, Quaint Magazine, States of the Union, Bacopa Literary Review, and other publications.

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