A passionate and thoughtful call to action on deeply troubling issues in Western society. For the past two decades, poet, essayist and psychiatrist Ron Charach has published letters and opinion pieces in all three major Canadian English-language newspapers. In this, his first collection of non-fiction, Charach boldly takes on the issues that keep him up at night, as a person and as a doctor. From a dark tallying up of the human toll of gun violence, to a highly nuanced consideration of Jewish identity, along with a sprinkling of more humorous treatments of serious issues, this is an arresting and thought-provoking collection.
About the Author:
Ron Charach is one of the world's most widely published physician/poets and the leading psychiatrist/poet writing in English. Selected Portraits draws on poetry selections from Charach's previous collections, including Elephant Street (2003), Dungenesseque (2002), and Petrushkin! (1999, 2000). His writing has appeared in Descant, The Fiddlehead, Arc, The Malahat Review, Matrix, Prairie Fire, and Contemporary Verse 2. In 2003, Charach was awarded the Canadian Jewish Award for Poetry. Born in Winnipeg, Charach now resides in Toronto where he is a poet and a practicing psychiatrist.