In that context, the creation of this book took on something of a sacred quality for me. I came to realize that, by opening a window into some of the deepest, most intimate places in myself and my process, I might also help other men see themselves more clearly and take action to address issues in their own lives. I hope that both men and women alike can find some truly personal value in this work.
I would also like to acknowledge the work of artist John Dolley, who did such an incredible job of bringing so many of the themes and images in the book to life with his haunting, beautifully rendered illustrations.
I read this book with pauses for breaks because it spoke to me deeply and reminded me of much of my own pain as child and young man. Read morePublished 15 months ago by W.R.R.
Iron Man Family Outing shines light into the darkest corners of the male psyche as he struggles with love/sex/father/mother/ and self. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sandra G
Rick Belden's honest, soul-savaged book of poems gives a very real accounting of the childhood trauma that goes unrecognized/unabated in today's increasingly violent, mental... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Brenda
Iron Man family outing is not a work of poetic pro's or psycho-babble self help. Instead, its contents come direct from the heart of a man who, like so many men, is seeking to make... Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by John M. Kennett
I love coming back to this book from time to time. Each time, I coin a new favorite, believing that this new favorite will not change; such is life. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Austinzxcv
"Iron Man Family Outing" holds a poetic spotlight to the personal pains and experiences of growing up male. Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Christopher C. MacKowiak
It's unusual to find a collection of poems that so eloquently describe one man's journey towards individuation. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Ness
I have now read this cover to cover about 5 times.
The power of the word captured by Rick Belden is HUGE. Read more
I had the pleasure of reading Rick's book, Iron Man Family Outing, a few years ago, when he and I connected across the sea, and it blew me away then, as it does now, with its child... Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by S. Bevan