Thursday 5 May 2022

2 Poems by Joe Benevento

Bobwhite on Our Back Lawn

We don’t live
in the woods
anymore, nor
very near a farm-
house, so a quail
in College Park

Small, grey-brown
bird, yet bigger
than our ordinary robins
blue jays and wrens.
Only twenty seconds
worth of watching before she

through a gap in the fence
to uncover whatever the next
yard offers, not time enough
to point her out to everyone
in our house hiding from
the heat, air conditioner sounding
sadder somehow than it did
just the moment before.


Joe Benevento’s poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in close to 300 places, including: Prairie Schooner, Poets & Writers, Bilingual Review, Cold Mountain Review and I-70 Review.  Among his fourteen books of poetry and fiction are The Odd Squad, an urban YA novel, which was a finalist for the 2006 John Gardner Fiction Book Award, and Expecting Songbirds: Selected Poems, 1983-2015, with the Purple Flag imprint of the Visual Artists Collective out of Chicago.  Benevento teaches creative writing and American lit., including Latinx, at Truman State, where he also serves as poetry editor for the Green Hills Literary Lantern. 

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