Max Reif

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

The Python

When a new woman enters my life,
the time comes to introduce her
to the python of personal history
that I keep around as a pet.

I'm almost 58 now,
and the darn thing
has grown quite long!

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