Wurstfest, New Braunfels 11/9/16

by Maya Lowy


Here’s masses of Texans in twenty-buck

hats: hats with buttons on, Viking hats, poop

emoji hats, hats that look like chickens.


The bars in here primarily carry

Shiner & Bud Light, but one’s got German

beers: Spaten & Hofbrau, Paulaner &

Dunkel, color-coded so the girl who

takes my order just has to holler, Can

I get a Small Green & grab my ticket.


Alex Meixner, virtuoso on the

accordion, headlines the set tonight.

A couple folks can actually polka.

The crowd is raucous, cheering in German,

but organized & polite. Nobody

mentions the election; the closest thing

to politics here is the bratwurst stand

tip jar labeled for Chloe’s college fund.


I’m sharing a footlong brat on a stick

with my sister, who has never been to

Texas before. Last night when I tried to

open my window it broke clean in three

big pieces.

Created: December 28, 2016

Age: 25

State: Louisiana


Maya Lowy’s work can be found in The Golden Key, Quaint Magazine, Kalyna Review, and other publications. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, she completed her MFA in poetry at the University of New Orleans in 2016.