Mar 05, 2009 — Canton's longtime Unitarian-Universalist Minister, the Rev. Max Coot, died late Tuesday at his home. He was 81. Max Coots was minister of the Canton church from 1958 to 1992. After retiring, he had a sort of second career - as a sculptor of mostly clay figures he described as "often sublime, and sometimes ridiculous." Gargoyles , animals both real and imaginary, people. Todd Moe visited Coots at his studio out side Canton just last month. You can find his profile at our website. But before the sculptures, there were the sermons, and the meditative poetry that grew out of them. The sermons are collected in the book, Leaning Against the Wind. There are two collections of Max Coots' poetry, Seasons of the Self and View From a Tree. For an Open Studio broadcast two years ago, Max Coots talked with Dale Hobson about how poetry came into his life. They opened with Coots's reading of the poem "Prayer." TAG: Max Coots, talking with Dale Hobson in 2007.