Max Reif

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

Max Reif Poems

201. Hit In The Head By An Alp Horn 2/3/2006
202. On The Bart (Revision) 2/21/2006
203. This Morning 4/29/2006
204. Invoking The Gods Of My Youth (Written In 1984) 6/4/2006
205. English As The National Language? 6/15/2006
206. Gettysburg* 8/11/2006
207. The Difference Between Journalism And Literature 8/30/2006
208. Beware The Ring Of Power 3/22/2007
209. Pig 3/25/2007
210. Jimmy (Re-Edited Version) 3/25/2007
211. Egypt, February 11,2011 2/11/2011
212. Bibliophilia 7/22/2007
213. A Tale Of Two Bubbles 7/27/2007
214. (.....12aug1) Homage To Eugene O'Neill 8/12/2007
215. Navigating The Hidden Currents 8/21/2007
216. Her Blue Jeans 8/25/2007
217. His Coffee 8/25/2007
218. Facing Reality 9/4/2007
219. Mumbai Memories,1983 7/2/2006
220. The Ethics Of Lunch 9/10/2007
221. Beyond All This 9/10/2007
222. California Open Space 9/10/2007
223. The Fountain 6/23/2007
224. Paradise Lost, Again 7/7/2007
225. Wish? 12/4/2006
226. Canada,1971 5/12/2013
227. On Memorizing A Poem 11/6/2013
228. Wisdom From The Air 2/8/2005
229. The Terrorist 7/12/2006
230. Why Read Poems? 4/9/2007
231. Spirit Freed From Wood 6/18/2006
232. The Hawk 9/15/2007
233. Voices 9/1/2007
234. Responding To Wendell Berry 8/29/2007
235. Fishing For Poems 4/3/2007
236. Poem From The 2nd Floor Balcony 4/26/2007
237. Time's Scythe 5/12/2007
238. The Quest 4/14/2007
239. The Tie 4/15/2007
240. Dream, Ambition 3/19/2007

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'

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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