Max Reif

Rookie - 18 Points (1948 / OVER 400 POEMS SERVED! !)

Max Reif Poems

161. If We Could See The Mind 12/30/2006
162. George W. Bush-The Play 1/15/2007
163. A Personal History And Mythology Of Blue Jeans 12/19/2006
164. A Poet's Delusion? 12/3/2006
165. Picture Of Confidence 12/3/2006
166. Stories 10/22/2006
167. Philosophical Question 8/3/2006
168. Waterfall 8/23/2006
169. After A Phone Call With My Wife 8/23/2006
170. Random Foursome 8/24/2006
171. Go, Greyhound! 7/6/2006
172. Navigating The Hidden Currents 8/21/2007
173. Paradise Lost, Again 7/7/2007
174. Bibliophilia 7/22/2007
175. Tired 9/9/2007
176. .15) November Crossing, Berkeley 11/2/2005
177. .30) The Sense Of Touch 2/22/2006
178. .41) Spiritual Analogy: The Bee 4/10/2006
179. Feet 9/26/2006
180. The Miner 12/19/2006
181. Gifted Child 12/2/2006
182. The Poem Of Spring 3/3/2007
183. The Life-Cycle Of A Toy 2/14/2007
184. Word Magic 8/30/2006
185. One Way A Child Learns 9/1/2006
186. This Moment 6/29/2006
187. The Hawk 9/15/2007
188. Wisdom From The Air 2/8/2005
189. The Old Baseball Field 6/18/2006
190. Lines Written On A Paper Bag While Waiting For My Wife 6/18/2006
191. The Death Of The Familiar 6/19/2006
192. Odometer 5/30/2006
193. O Loud And Silent Moon 7/9/2006
194. Song 9/16/2006
195. Call To Battle 8/3/2006
196. Out Of The Abyss 1/2/2007
197. Nature 12/3/2006
198. Youth 10/16/2006
199. Collecting Paradises 4/4/2007
200. Two Sides 4/28/2007

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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