Riffing on the neurological condition “prosopagnosia” (face blindness), the difficulty recognizing familiar faces, Ron Charach’s new collection of poems explores our struggle to recognize ourselves in others, and to remain recognizable to them across the boundaries of gender, race and religion, health and illness, love and indifference, celebrity and fandom, youth and advancing age.
Praise for Ron Charach’s poetry
“Ron Charach’s poetry—its expansiveness, its general extension of the boundaries (or so-called boundaries) of poetry, its political bite and pick-up from daily life—are all pleasures for the reader.”
—Don McKay, author of Camber and Angular Unconformity
“There’s a quirkiness of perspective in Ron Charach’s work which banishes the world of self-serving earnestness to the margins… I find myself thinking: if the social leg-hold traps we set for ourselves can’t be got free of, at least we can look down and laugh.”
—Roo Borson, author of Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar and Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida
“Ron Charach is a metaphysical poet, if by metaphysical one means a poet concerned with the role of the human spirit in the great drama of experience. His concern with the complexities of humanity’s relationship to God and Nature make him a poet to be reckoned with.”
—John B. Lee, author of The Widow’s Land and The Full Measure
Photo by Sean DeCory
Ron Charach is an author and practicing psychiatrist who lives in Toronto. He has lectured in both Canada and the United States on creativity. For sixteen years he hosted a column on medicine and poetry in The Medical Post, where he showcased the work of other physician/poets. His books are featured on the New York University website on the medical humanities and his medically related poems are taught in several medical humanities programs. He has published many letters in Canadian and American newspapers, most often on the subject of public safety. His 2001 collection, Dungenessque, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for poetry. Like his psychotherapy work with patients in the creative arts and sciences, Ron Charach’s poetry draws from the twin streams of literature and the healing arts.