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95 at 95: A Life in Poems

by Warren Lane Molton

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Warren Lane Molton was raised in the deep South during the Great Depression, where whispers of lynchings on Saturday night could still be heard on church steps on Sunday morning. Molton started writing in his teens. He went on to be a clergyman, professor, and psychotherapist, and his journey has been deliberately both outward and inward for perhaps all of his ninety-five years. For decades, Molton has traversed his sense of wonder, his fascination at the ephemeral nature of life, love, loss, anger and anguish, memory and expectation, even as he wandered away from the explicitly religious. Molton's son Stephen says of his father: “Poetry is soul work, as he practices it, a kind of spiritual sonar, taking soundings of the Self as it enters and exits the deep.” In 95 at 95, we have a record of a lifelong attempt to connect the immaterial with the material for the betterment of both. “In your own way, at your own pace, you might find some epiphanies here yourself, some new inroads to meaning, discovered on your own terms.”

POETRY/ General

ISBN: 978-1-951651-97-6 (print; softcover; perfect bound)

LCCN: 2023940935

Released July 2023; Copyright 2023

136 pages


95 at 95 is Dr. Warren Lane Molton’s fourth volume of poetry: Bruised Reeds was published in 1970, If God Is in 2002, and New Poems, 2002–2012 in 2012. He is also the author of two books on couple relationships: Friends, Partners and Lovers and Spheres of Intimacy. Dr. Molton was in private practice for more than forty-five years as a pastoral counselor specializing in individual, couple, group, and family therapy. He was the director and co-founder of the Counseling Center for Human Development in Kansas City, Missouri, until his retirement in 2020. Dr. Molton holds graduate degrees from Yale Divinity School and Chicago Theological Seminary. He pastored churches, served as a military chaplain in Korea, and was a campus minister at the University of Connecticut and a professor of pastoral theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He is past poetry editor of Pilgrimage, The Journal of Existential Psychology, and has lectured and led workshops on adult relational life and the use of poetry for spiritual growth and healing. He has been married for seventy-three years to Mary Dian Molton, a retired Jungian therapist and author of Four Eternal Women: Tony Wolff Revisited—A Study in Opposites and About Franz, which recounts her friendship with Carl Jung’s eldest son.

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