Physician Sets Aside Medical Profession to Pen Poems on Mental Health

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Author Lowell Stratton, a physician turned poet, forays into the publishing world with “Glimpses of Life Forty Years”

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“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things,” T. S. Eliot once said. Today, physician-turned-poet Lowell Stratton has finally reached a point in his life where he has the luxury of space and time to escape from the confines of science and medicine to debut into the world of literary arts with his new poetry collection touching on the medical profession and mental health, titled Glimpses of Life Forty Years.

“I wanted to record some of my experiences as a physician to help celebrate my life in medicine and the people that I met,” says Stratton about the significance of his book. “The real stories can be sad and funny and enlightening to those interested in the varied and often unique glimpses into people’s lives. There are historical stories of medicine past, themes that will be within human interaction forever, and mental health poems that are very current to many families.”

After four decades of serving in a noble profession, Stratton has finally retired to pursue another endeavor. His literary work is not only a remarkable compilation of simple yet profound poems, but a collage of memories, reflections, insights and imagery set in terse verses, largely inspired from Stratton’s lifelong service in the medical field. It speaks of the varied struggles of doctors and people and their interactions. It can also be referenced to current issues like mental illness and its chronic nature around the concern of gun safety.

In Glimpses of Life Forty Years, readers are invited to step back and take a poetic look at the daily mysteries and miracles of life as seen through Stratton’s eyes. It showcases 17 poems, namely: The Kingdom, Before We Knew, Ships Passing, Bigotry, Forever Young, A Mother’s Dream, The DEA, Unpredictable, Encapsulated, Seduction, The Reversal, A Fatal Miss, An Inconvenience, The Decision, From Afar, Life, and No Old Bold.

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About the Author
Lowell Stratton is a retired physician having practiced medicine over four decades. He began in Family Practice in rural settings in the Midwest. Later he became certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. His experience included inpatient, outpatient, and the emergency room. The four decades encompassed many major and significant changes in the practice of medicine.

Glimpses of Life Forty Years * by Lowell Stratton
Publication Date: April 4, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 114 pages; 978-1-4836-1672-8
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