E.M. Schorb

"Schorb's prose poems both give us metaphysical fancies and reveal the unexpected in the ordinary. He walks through the world with wonder; in his pieces, dogs can drag cadavers home, sinister objects can hang from clotheslines and, like Schorb himself, poets in their wanderings can step into the lives of other people."
--Jack Anderson

"This book now gives us the opportunity to look back on Schorb’s rich accomplishment in prose poetry. I don’t know of a living poet working in prose poetry who has accomplished more. In addition, you’ll find in these pages a generous selection of Schorb’s unique drawings—strange, witty, and memorable, like the prose poems from the same hand."

--X. J. Kennedy

Dates and Dreams

Winner 24th Annual Writer’s Digest
Self-Published Book Award for Poetry
Honorable Mention New York Book Festival
Finalist Best Book Awards

Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards:

E.M. Schorb’s Dates and Dreams houses two collections of previously published prose poems, Last Exit to East Hampton and Manhattan Spleen, as well as other published works collected for this volume. In addition to these prose poems and short prose fiction pieces such as “The Fable,” Schorb has sprinkled his witty cartoons throughout, thirteen in all. With other books of poetry I’ve read, I cannot seem to turn off my inner grammarian when I notice typos, punctuation problems, and poor wording. In this body of work, I was relieved of this quibbler and allowed to travel along in the worlds he created, odd though some of them were. I came away feeling that Schorb is a pro, in every sense. While some of the prose poems required a reread to make sure I think what I think, his writing and wit and keenness of insight enriched me even more on my second and third reads. His prose poetry is often satirical, smart, and fresh-voiced; his short fiction is energetic, humorous, and enjoyable. His imagination stirs elements of the real and the fanciful into a believable whole. Reading him was for me a great pleasure, for I felt I was reading prose poetry the way it was meant to be.

Selected Works

Prose Poems
Schorb demonstrates that the world of prose poetry has no boundaries of form, theme, or style.
--Jack Anderson
"Resurgius is a quietly hilarious read which, unique though it is, strikes me as belonging to the very league as the comic gems of Evelyn Waugh and Nathaniel West."
—X. J. Kennedy
"Chaos' has everything you want in good literature--poignant writing, drama, and redemption."
—Award Citation, Christopher Klim
"Fortune Island is a riveting read that can't be put down."
Midwest Book Review
Historical Mystery
"A crackling good story told in the compelling, precise prose of a poet."
--Award Citation, Walter Anderson, Publisher, Parade Publications
“I am always happy to drop everything—pretty nearly—when I make the acquaintance of a poet as good as E.M. Schorb.”
—James Dickey
"Schorb has been writing some of the best American poetry for decades."
—Jim Barnes
"The Ideologues is an amazing collection. The final poem, 'Toward the End,' reveals the reason that poetry exists."
—Fred Chappell
Winner of the Verna Emery Poetry Prize Purdue University Press