El Paso doctor adds essays to poetry in 2nd collection


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El Paso doctor adds essays to poetry in 2nd collection

Ramón Rentería / El Paso Times

Dr. Alfonso Chávez bares his soul again in "Amor de todos los tiempos/Love Of All Time," his newest self-published bilingual collection of prescriptions for living life to its fullest.

Chávez is an El Paso kidney specialist and self-taught writer who first exposed his private thoughts in "The Forgotten Garden," a self-published bilingual collection of poetry.

Chávez is just as candid about sharing his intimate thoughts about life in his latest book.

"I have captured what I have felt in my heart as it is, as I really feel; this is what I have done and it is what I will keep doing," Chávez writes in the introduction. "I have no other choice."

These intimate poems and essays deal with daily life experiences, what happens in our homes and in relationships with friends and those whom we love and those who love us.

In his composition "Desire to Love," Chávez explores the multiple perspectives of people who experience love in different ways at different stages of their life.

"Often, we present ourselves innocently, in a way we envisioned or planned in our mind or in our dreams, hoping to meet the ideal person with whom we can share our free time, enjoy our emotions, and communicate our life experiences," Chávez writes. "These are the occurrences that shape our self-confidence and maturity as we select the person that is going to share our life in a more formal, committed relationship."

Another of his essays deals with his own understanding, as a physician, of the needs of older people facing serious illness, personal problems and sometimes death.

Chávez's poems and essays also focus on other delicate topics that we all confront in life: loneliness, jealousy, moments of happiness and periods of anxiety.

Not very many physicians share their private thoughts with us. Chávez takes off the mask of a professional medicine man and shows the world that he, too, is human – sometimes painfully human.

Both books are available on Amazon.com and at the El Paso International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana.

Ramón Rentería may be reached at rrenteria@elpasotimes.com; 546-6146.

Meet the author
Dr. Alfonso Chávez will present his most recent book, "Amor de todos los tiempos/Love Of All Time," twice in coming weeks. Both events are open to the public.
* 6:30 p.m. Friday at Thyme Matters, 5857 N. Mesa; 532-2693.
* 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Mexican Consulate, 910 E. San Antonio. 585-0309.

Source: http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_10698135
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