E.M. Schorb

Cover Painting "Mister Mask" by the Author

A captivating collection of free-verse in disparate styles, touching on subjects that run the gamut from a revisionist view of the Trojan War to the wartime death of a brother to the New York Draft Riots of 1863. The title poem is a profoundly bitter indictment of those writers who prostitute their art to support fanatical revolutionary politics. Schorb's new book demonstrates a versatility in free verse that matches his proven ability as a formal poet.

--Joseph S. Salemi


The Ideologues is an amazing collection. The poems range through all sorts of forms and modes, from the stark allegory of “Incident,” through the extended personification of “Aquarius” and the epic simile of “Old Women, Pausing,” to the full-length rant of “The Ideologues.” Yet it is not virtuosity that makes these poems flame but the poet’s certitude that the soul “is more than mere electric tissue.” And the final poem, “Toward the End,” reveals the reason that poetry exists.

—Fred Chappell

Selected Works

Novels
"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
Noir Thriller
"An addition to the crime fiction canon that tackles the underworld as no other novel has done before."
--Anthony Dauer, Editor, Judas_ezine
Prose Poems
"Manhattan Spleen is mighty cool, I think, and if anyone writes better prose poems these days I don't know who they are."
—X.J. Kennedy
Poetry
“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