“This is a must-have text for professionals working therapeutically with men.”
“This collection of harrowing and healing poetry is the best volume of men's poetry I have read.”
“This book is a MUST READ for any person studying masculinity, any person who is a man, any person who knows a man. It is brutally beautiful.”
"A powerful expression of the pain and confusion of the wounded man. I haven’t read poetry quite like it before."
“His work contradicts many of the deeply held stereotypes of men. He weaves the reader in and out of both tragedy and hope. His naked truth about his family, his relationships, his work, sex, and discovering himself will take the reader on a journey of intimacy, vulnerability, strength, and resilience.”
"His stunning imagery will shake your assumptions about the male psyche."
“Rick Belden's book of poetry touched me unexpectedly. I generally do not read poetry, but I could not stop reading this book, more than once. It is beautiful, personal, evocative, painful, and hopeful.”
“He expresses for many men the heartfelt emotions that they have experienced but never openly recognized. When I received this book I sat down with it expecting to read one or two poems. I didn't stop reading until I reached the end of the book.”
“The poetry is raw, at times bleak, but also beautiful, powerful, and ultimately hopeful … Anyone, male or female, who is on a path toward healing and wholeness should read this book.”
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