Dark Ages

More light!
—Goethe, on his deathbed

Oh, there was never any actually powerful light
by which to comprehend the common day,
merely the milktoast light of the benight-
ed, who cannot understand what they see.
But whose fault is that if they sadly try,
standing clumsily up to their full height
like doomed, dim-minded begging bears
that with sad hungry hearts are so unbright?

Is it any wonder that all we do is fight?
Is it any wonder that all we do is lie?
Is it any wonder that what we do is trite?
Is it any wonder that we stand and sigh,
   who are graced with only such a little sun
   by which to try to be someone, anyone? 

E. M. Schorb has published several collections of poetry, including Time and Fevers: New and Selected Poems (AuthorsHouse, 2004), which was chosen as a 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award winner; A Fable & Other Prose Poems (2002), Murderer's Day (1998), winner of the Verna Emery Poetry Prize; 50 Poems (1987); and The Poor Boy and Other Poems (1975); and a chapbook, Like the Fall of Rome and Other Humanitarian Disasters (1980). He is also the author of two novels: Paradise Square, which won the International eBook Award Foundation's Frankfurt eBook Award for "Best Fiction work originally published in eBook form," and Scenario for Scorsese (both Denlinger's Publishers, 2000). His poems and prose have appeared in Best American Fantasy 2007, as well as The American Scholar, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Chattahoochee Review, Chelsea, The Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, The Texas Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Yale Review, among other journals. His honors include Fellowships in Literature from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the North Carolina Arts Council, and grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Carnegie Fund for Authors, and Robert Rauschenberg & Change, Inc. (for illustrations in The Poor Boy). He lives in Mooresville, North Carolina.