JOSEF BENSON is a Ph.D. literature student at the University of South Florida.  He holds creative writing degrees from Missouri State University and the University of South Florida.  He currently teaches poetry writing at the University of South Florida as well as composition at The University of Tampa.  His work, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, has appeared in Saw Palm, Moon City Review, Prick of the Spindle  and others.
The Adirondack Review
The St. Lawrence Book Award
The St. Lawrence Book Award
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The St. Lawrence Book Award

HEART ATTACK
for Marisa Iglesias


A brunette blows on a late summer dandelion.

I deduce he loves her not he loves her 

(he could be anyone).

Daddy-long-leg probes white lost petals.

Two of its legs deaden under her red shoe.

A light wind lifts a daffodil in the distance

Penetrating the doomsday doldrums.


You mention Derrida at the bar,

The decadent air a clover over a lover.

Dandified, I scour the earth for four leafs.

My heart!

I have no control over any of this.





Josef Benson

FINALIST
Fiddlehead Prize