Words in Passing
To be a first-class poet requires a fluency of language, mastery of a vocabulary sufficient to express seminal, original thoughts set down with rhythm, with imagery, and with descriptive evocation that communicates flawlessly with the recipient of the poetry of verse. Such is the case with the poetry of E.M. Schorb.
—The Midwest Book Review
What strikes me most about the poems in Words in Passing, E.M. Schorb's largest collection to date, is their subtle musicality and intellectual range. They demonstrate that Mr Schorb is a poet of great skill and keen wit, a rare formalist whose iambs do not thump and whose ear is attuned to a most intriguing symphony. They hearken back to the great poems of the first half of the twentieth century, to the masterpieces of Robert Frost, John Crowe Ransom, Wallace Stevens, and W.H. Auden. They bespeak the presence of a major American poet, one whose mastery of forms is unparalleled and whose voice is resonant, passionate and true long after his book is returned to the shelf.
—Leo Yankevich, Publisher
The New Formalist Press