Max Reif

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

Max Reif Poems

281. Oasis 2/8/2005
282. New, Improved Oath Of Office For The President Of The United States 3/4/2006
283. Dream, Ambition 3/19/2007
284. Reflection Of A Middle-Aged Man 12/6/2006
285. The Poem That Sits In My Notebook 12/29/2006
286. Obligation 12/31/2006
287. (004june2 07) In The Temple Of Memory 6/2/2007
288. (............31aug) Stamps 9/1/2007
289. Found Poem: Today's Headlines From Yahoo News 8/6/2005
290. Disillusionment 11/14/2005
291. 'The Big One' 9/1/2005
292. Autumn 11/2/2005
293. Hurricane Poem 6/23/2005
294. Proposal To Outlaw The Word 'Love' In Poems (A Mean Poem?) 8/5/2005
295. .07) Questions, Looking Back 7/23/2005
296. The Long Arm Of The Law 5/13/2007
297. Reminder 4/29/2006
298. .40) The Lottery Wizard 3/28/2006
299. A Writer's Journal 10/23/2005
300. .24) Forever 8/19/2005
301. Demolition 10/23/2004
302. Autobiographical Fairy Tale 10/20/2005
303. Almost A Sonnet 8/10/2005
304. (.0000001july207) The Failed Juggler's Tale 7/2/2007
305. Life Is Perfect Sometimes 11/12/2005
306. .14) A Meditation On Words 12/7/2005
307. In Meditation 2/22/2006
308. Early (A Sonnet) 7/11/2005
309. Ritual Of Cleansing 5/14/2006
310. .01) Taxi Memories 8/5/2005
311. All These Famous Poets I'Ve Never Heard Of 11/5/2005
312. Golden Child 3/17/2006
313. The Puppet 1/20/2006
314. .35) After Viewing 100 Photos Of Mideast War 7/21/2006
315. Beyond The Cliched Sky 2/13/2006
316. .27) My Poems Hang Out On The Corner 8/17/2005
317. Froggy's Lunchbox 9/25/2005
318. An Irish Invocation 9/13/2007
319. (....July20) The Tree Of Experience, Heavy With Fruit 7/20/2007
320. (......16aug) God 8/16/2007

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'

Delmar Loop Revelation

He opened the apartment
door and I went in
and plunged
into an Ocean. My life
went floating by like scraps
of stuff on foam and waves,
some beautiful, some not.
The Silence roared. Don't know
how long I stayed. Back on the street,

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