Max Reif

Rookie - 58 Points (1948 / OVER 400 POEMS SERVED! !)

Max Reif Poems

121. Reader To Poet 7/10/2005
122. The Coward 9/25/2005
123. 'No Direction Home', Scorcese's Dylan Documentary 9/27/2005
124. The Country Of My Body 10/7/2005
125. What Is Poetry? 7/15/2005
126. Randall Jarrell 9/21/2007
127. (.................14sept5) The Unities 9/14/2007
128. (..............9 Sept) A Hymn To The Earth 9/9/2007
129. Hit In The Head By An Alp Horn 2/3/2006
130. On The Bart (Revision) 2/21/2006
131. This Morning 4/29/2006
132. Fathers And Sons (1976) Br(Alternate Title: A Hymn To God The Father) 10/2/2005
133. Pig 3/25/2007
134. (.....12aug1) Homage To Eugene O'Neill 8/12/2007
135. The Difference Between Journalism And Literature 8/30/2006
136. Beyond All This 9/10/2007
137. Vacation 12/24/2005
138. The Petition (Revision) 2/21/2006
139. Time's Scythe 5/12/2007
140. .22) When The Dentist Spoke At The Anti-War Rally 7/14/2005
141. Worlds 1/20/2007
142. Wild Turkeys On The Road Near Home 1/30/2006
143. The History Of Europe, In And Out 2/1/2006
144. Sufi Banjo Tunes (After Hafiz) 11/28/2005
145. Happy Birthday, Nikki 11/11/2005
146. Preface To A Long Poem About Death 7/26/2005
147. What A Way To Die! (Ode To Poemhunter) 8/1/2005
148. Worms Are The Christ Of Small Children 2/3/2006
149. Strange Positionings 10/4/2005
150. Something Beautiful 6/23/2005
151. When Lost Love Drives A Poet's Pen 7/10/2005
152. God And The World 10/15/2005
153. Gratefully Ill 1/8/2006
154. The Fall Of Language 1/5/2006
155. Google Pilgrimage 4/8/2006
156. Yogic Poem: Your Mind's A Radio 7/18/2005
157. My Moment Has Come 3/9/2006
158. If We Could See The Mind 12/30/2006
159. A Poet's Delusion? 12/3/2006
160. A Personal History And Mythology Of Blue Jeans 12/19/2006

Comments about Max Reif

  • Linda Jenkinson (9/27/2005 9:40:00 PM)

    it is 2005...u are good...please

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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Best Poem of Max Reif

(......01july20) In A Minor Key-Letter To Leonard Cohen*

Dear Leonard Cohen,

Strumming and singing
my favorite songs of yours,
all from your first couple albums,

still eases me into
a vantage point
nothing else I know
has ever approached,

a place in my heart
nothing else has reached.

Yes, it is salted with tears,
but the tears
make everything green there
shine with unearthly beauty,
and reveal somehow the holiness
of all the lost souls.

I have no clue
by what alchemy
you are able
to sing sorrow

in a way that brings
such a stillness,
such a sense of ...

Read the full of (......01july20) In A Minor Key-Letter To Leonard Cohen*


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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