Max Reif

Rookie - 9 Points (1948 / OVER 400 POEMS SERVED! !)

Max Reif Poems

81. If Saints Baked Cookies... 4/7/2007
82. Polar Bear Dream 2/18/2007
83. (..........26aug3) Talking Ambition 8/26/2007
84. Traveler's Manifesto 7/10/2006
85. Benicia 7/14/2006
86. Jeremy 7/2/2006
87. Natural? Supernatural? 6/15/2006
88. Two Haiku 7/21/2006
89. Original Whim 12/5/2006
90. The Slide 12/16/2006
91. Labors 12/16/2006
92. Treatise On Interpersonal Relations 12/18/2006
93. Worlds 1/20/2007
94. Trying To Find Him 12/29/2006
95. Cafe' Of Dreams 1/15/2007
96. Half Mast 1/13/2007
97. Saturday 1/13/2007
98. At Peets 1/15/2007
99. .42) 2nd Wife, A Fragment 12/22/2006
100. (008june2 07) The Silence Of The Typewriters 6/4/2007
101. Spring, Mutability 7/7/2007
102. (.......July 25) The Message 7/24/2007
103. (.....July 30) Philosophical Rant 7/30/2007
104. Ode To The Tree Outside My Window 4/9/2007
105. Last Night's Dream 2/18/2007
106. Hym To Night 4/28/2007
107. In The Ironic World 4/28/2007
108. (09new!) Personal History 5/13/2007
109. Sunday After Brunch (A Sonnet) 6/23/2005
110. The Rainy Season (2) 3/16/2006
111. Feeling The Bite 4/13/2005
112. Ode To The Salad Bar 7/11/2005
113. The Sun Comes Up 10/23/2004
114. Hoodia-Winked 4/16/2006
115. Prayer 2 4/29/2006
116. The Thief 1/17/2006
117. Cafes 8/20/2005
118. In Dream Country 8/20/2005
119. Vision: 'Freedom' 1/25/2006
120. .27) Dispatch From The Field Office 8/9/2005

Comments about Max Reif

  • Gol Mcadam (7/12/2005 4:48:00 AM)

    Max, thank you for commenting on my work. I have now been reading yours and find there is a lovely simplicity of statement in it - an enchanting mix of worldly and unworldly. I came to poetry late in life, that's why I think I'll be finishing early, rather than later! ! Regards, Gol

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  • Michael Shepherd (6/20/2005 5:30:00 AM)

    Max, I enjoy and admire your honesty, simplicity, clarity, and that touch of magic. I hope you keep on writing, and there's a book there eventually...

  • Michael Gessner (6/19/2005 10:13:00 PM)

    If idiom is tone-if it can be-as I suspect it is in many of the poems of yours I've read-then it offers an exotic and impressive mixture of sense and sensibility, wisdom in worldliness, & worldy things, amusing & always vulnerable, enchanting, haunting & dear.

Best Poem of Max Reif

.34) Tone Poem: The Finale, 'Leonard Cohen — I'M Your Man'

He stands at the mic,
craggy faded eagle
in a grey suit, singing the verse
in a voice of smoke

surrounded by stark figures
black like spectres
from his own youth.

As he finishes,
the band picks up the chorus
and he stands there

smiling with his eyes
closed, just listening
and you feel his whole

life in that smile
and your life, too,

as though the silent
voice of the most beautiful
losers has given
birth to the whole world.

Read the full of .34) Tone Poem: The Finale, 'Leonard Cohen — I'M Your Man'

Persimmons

How did persimmons
get that reputation
for puckering your mouth?

When ripe,
they're sweet
as mangoes.

Should any of us
be judged
before we're ripe?

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