More than 70 poemssome old favorites, others brand new. Ric Masten has challenged and inspired audiences nationwide for decades with his unique mix of musical ministry and poetry. Best known as the author of the beloved hymn "Let It Be a Dance," Masten was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 1999. A pioneer of community ministry, Masten has been a Unitarian Universalist minister since 1971. His accolades include being named "Troubadour and People's Poet of Carmel" and the "Poet Laureate of Prostate Cancer" by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition.
Praise for Going Out Dancing:
"Ric often said his poetry was like a corral around an idea that opened it up so that it could be seen and experienced. This collection of Ric's poetry is a "corral" around him, a revealing summary of his life and work. For me, reading them was a stroll through the 36 years I have known him!" John Frykman, Ph.D, is a California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and organizer of the first Drug Treatment Program at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic.
"Ric has spent over forty years distilling his observations about life into poems nobody else could have written. As he enters hospice care, this collection of poems old and new goes to press. Ric, the venerable caterpillar who has had his butterfly moments, leaves us laughter and tears and the ever-fresh exhortation: 'Through the good times and the bad times too, let it be a dance.' " Gordon Gibson, minister emeritus, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart, Indiana