Max Reif

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

Max Reif Poems

201. (......12aug3) Google Maps To My Poems 8/12/2007
202. (.....01july13) Seal Beach Pier 7/13/2007
203. About Time 3/31/2006
204. Teaching A Seven-Year-Old To Play Guitar 2/19/2006
205. .25) Fires In Texas And Oklahoma 12/30/2005
206. Faint Lotus 12/22/2005
207. Rules For A Marriage 7/17/2005
208. Enchantment 10/22/2005
209. .32) Short Order Diner 10/27/2005
210. Winter Sonnet: Awaiting The Iraq War 7/11/2005
211. Limits 9/27/2005
212. Poemhunters 10/23/2005
213. The Ethics Of Lunch 9/10/2007
214. The Fountain 6/23/2007
215. Her Blue Jeans 8/25/2007
216. (...............11sept2) September 11,2007 9/11/2007
217. (............Sept4) Wrestling Match, 3 Pm 9/4/2007
218. English As The National Language? 6/15/2006
219. A Question In Rhyme 9/1/2007
220. The Python 12/5/2005
221. .23) The Doormen 3/10/2006
222. December Epiphany 12/10/2005
223. .39) The Greatest Poem 4/2/2006
224. The Alchemist 3/20/2006
225. Working On A Poem With George 4/10/2006
226. Bobby 4/17/2006
227. The Zoo Director Is Not An Animal 11/14/2005
228. .28) Father's Blessing 1/6/2006
229. Manifesto To Myself 1/9/2006
230. A Room Full Of People Talking 10/2/2005
231. Paradise: A Sonnet 1/29/2006
232. Prayer 1/25/2006
233. Veil Of Dreams 11/8/2005
234. Saturday Night Rituals 9/25/2005
235. Out Of All The Endless Days 1/27/2007
236. Muslims Display The Victory Symbol, Holding A Photo Of Osama Ben Laden 7/21/2006
237. .02) The Stars 2/8/2005
238. Love 10/2/2005
239. Mother At The Beach, 1939 10/26/2005
240. .13) Berlin, November,1989 8/14/2005

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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