Maxine Chernoff

(1952 / Chicago, Illinois)

Maxine Chernoff Poems

1. Granted 3/21/2016
2. Lost and Found 3/21/2016
3. Scene 3/21/2016
4. [without a listener] 11/11/2016
5. AMBLE 11/11/2016
6. BLACK 11/11/2016
7. Breasts 11/11/2016
8. Kill Yourself with an Objet D'art 11/11/2016
9. Scene 2/8/2018
10. Granted 2/8/2018
11. Miss Congeniality 2/8/2018
12. [without a listener] 2/8/2018
13. AS IF 2/8/2018
14. LOCATION 2/8/2018
15. Emergent 2/8/2018
17. BENEATH THE FORM 2/8/2018
18. CARE 2/8/2018
19. Breasts 2/8/2018
20. BLACK 2/8/2018
21. AMBLE 2/8/2018
22. Lost and Found 2/8/2018
23. Kill Yourself with an Objet D'art 2/8/2018
24. Event 2/8/2018
25. Emblem 2/8/2018
26. Afternoon 2/8/2018
27. Future 2/8/2018
28. Semblance 2/8/2018
29. Miss Congeniality 1/20/2003

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Miss Congeniality

Even as an embryo, she made room for "the other guy." Slick and
bloody, she emerged quietly: Why spoil the doctor's best moment?
When Dad ran over her tricycle, she smiled, and when Mom drowned
her kittens, she curtsied, a Swiss statuette. Her teachers liked the way
she sat at her desk, composed as yesterday's news. In high school she
decorated her locker with heart-shaped doilies and only went so far, a
cartoon kiss at the door. She read the classics, The Glamorous Dolly
Madison, and dreamed of marrying the boy in the choir whose voice
never changed. ...

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Lost and Found

I am looking for the photo that would make all the difference in my life. It's very small and subject to fits of amnesia, turning up in poker hands, grocery carts, under the unturned stone. The photo shows me at the lost and found looking for an earlier photo, the one that would have made all the difference then. My past evades me like a politician

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