Milwaukee’s Best and the Quadracci Pavilion


I’ve never been married,
or shot a gun, but I’ve shot-
gunned plenty of beer in my day. 

Have you ever been to Milwaukee?
They have this museum there,
that has these giant wings that open

and close with the museums hours.
A theory: everyone has a friend
that has been or will be nicknamed “Birdman.”

This art museum, you can ask it
to soar down and pick up your loved one.
You know that old saying:

If you love someone, let them be
carried away by a flying, winged museum.
If they don’t come back, shoot them

down. Catch her when she falls,
or least go find where she landed.

Take her out drinking, put a couple back.
Least, that’s how my wife and I met.



Photo By: Felipe Neves


About Author

Aaron Burch is the author of the collection of stories, BACKSWING, forthcoming from Queen's Ferry Press, and the poetry chapbook, BETWEEN BUFFALO AND BISON, forthcoming from Publishing Genius Press. He edits HOBART, another literary journal.

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