Alison Lowenstein has published stories in The Portland Review and The Melic Review, and has a story forthcoming in Fiction. She taught fiction at The Writer?s Voice in Manhattan. She lives in Brooklyn.
The tour guide tells our group that in domestic households macaws are masters of mimicry, but in the wild they are not known for these qualities. Her southern drawl distracts me as I wonder how the macaw perched on her left shoulder would imitate the sound of her voice.