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    • POEM: Fathers And Sons (1976) Br(Alternate Title: A Hymn To God The Father) by Max Reif (6/23/2007 3:50:00 PM)

      Hi Max
      I don't agree with Ivy's comment, that this poem is 'strange'. For me, it makes perfect sense, and it hits speaks to me of earthly fathers, how we perceive them as godlike when we are 16 or 26. It illustrates how we have internalized the 'angry father'. It shows why we MUST be willing to be go up against them, at risk of life and limb, and be shattered, to rise again, phoenix-like and reclaim our lives, including that most important reclamation–to be able to have a merciful, compassionate, loving Father God, not a punitive earthly one. It is so visceral a poem too: that's just how it felt to me to fire the fundamentalist god of my understanding, like blood and guts were spilled everywhere. THANKS MAX

    • POEM: (01new!) Over At The Next Table by Max Reif (6/2/2007 10:33:00 PM)

      I'm in love with the subtext of this poem: the heart expands the bubble of unity almost without effort, something the brain tried to muscle through and could not. It's such a lesson, and you say it so beautifully and with humility. thanks, Max