About Rick Belden

Rick Belden is the author of Iron Man Family Outing: Poems about Transition into a More Conscious Manhood. His book is widely used in the United States and internationally by therapists, counselors, and men’s groups as an aid in the exploration of masculine psychology and men’s issues, and as a resource for men who grew up in dysfunctional, abusive, or neglectful family systems. His second book, Scapegoat’s Cross: Poems about Finding and Reclaiming the Lost Man Within, is currently awaiting publication. He lives in Austin, Texas.

More information, including excerpts from Rick’s books, is available at his website. His first book, "Iron Man Family Outing," is available here. You can follow Rick Belden on Facebook.

Welcoming the New Generation of Highly Sensitive Men


Rick Belden gives readers a name for what they have always known about themselves.

Invisible Man [Poem]


Rick Belden asks, what will become of him, now that women look right through him as if he weren’t there at all?

Some Thoughts on Forgiveness


When it is possible at all, forgiveness is an ongoing, sacred process.

last trip to the doll house


The holidays can leave us desperate for human connection.

Don’t Give Up Your Life


If your family will not be kind to you this holiday season, please: be kind to yourself.

I Am a Highly Sensitive Man


Although being a highly sensitive person is equally common among women and men, being a sensitive man remains misunderstood.

A Man Ought to Know How to Handle Something Like This


Bullying doesn’t always stop when childhood ends.



One man’s pleasureland is another man’s nightmare.

Angry Like Dad


‘Leave your father alone when he comes home from work’ is a warning most boys find hard to heed. Rick Belden was no exception.

afterwards: a poem


How does a man feel after sex? That depends upon the man and his history.

safe sexx confession


Rick Belden confesses everything she makes him feel.

Why Aren’t More Older Men Showing Up For Younger Men?


Rick Belden shares some of his thoughts on why elders seem to be largely absent from the lives and experience of younger men.

Virus: Multimedia

Staci - Virus June 20 2012 588

The nightmare of infection ends here. Poet Rick Belden and visual artist Staci Poirier on the infectious nature of family violence.

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Strange Freedom

walking out the door

In quitting a job, Rick Belden finds a strange new sensation: freedom.

Father Dream (Pieces): A Poem

dirty plates

The father Rick Belden escaped returns in unexpected ways.


bow and arrow

The arrow’s course shows the curve of the world.