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Going Out Dancing: Poems
Ric Masten
ISBN: 9781558965393
Book (Paperback)
Skinner House Books
$12.00
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
104 pages
September 1, 2008


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Diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in February 1999, Ric Masten has survived for nine years and counting. For decades, Masten's unique mix of minstrel-ministry and poetic philosophy has challenged and inspired audiences in many settings - conferences, colleges, schools, and churches across the country. These poems reveal his humorous, unflinching, and edgy take on mortality and living with illness.

From the book:
finally the hypochondriac
has more than windmills to tilt with
the philosopher arming himself
with exactly the proper petard
an explosive statement
found in an e-mail message
beneath a cancer combatant's name
a perfect end line, wily and wise,
reads: I ask God:
"How much time do I have before I die?"
"Enough to make a difference."
God replies

Troubadour poet and folk singer Ric Masten became a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1971. In his pioneer ministry, Masten has become known nationwide as a traveling musical ambassador of liberal religion. Fighting cancer since 1999, he keeps an online journal documenting his "Prostate Cancer Odyssey". Masten lives with his wife in a home that he built himself in the Palo Colorado Canyon in California's Big Sur country.
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