Maxine Chernoff

(1952 / Chicago, Illinois)

Biography of Maxine Chernoff

Maxine Chernoff poet

Maxine Chernoff is an American novelist, writer, poet, academic and literary magazine editor. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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[without a listener]

a voice speaks

to rheumy stars

deadpan witness

no call and response

or supplicant's hope

all this hurts

the ocean suggests

as if waves

could privilege

ear's dumb gestures

or a ghost

of a sentence learn

to read its

own dried ink

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