Thanks to Adele Kenny for a glowing review of The Grace of Distance in the Spring/Summer issue of Tiferet, which is available as a free PDF.
"Thorburn's poems are graceful, giving, and filled with the joy of what it means to be gladly and gratefully alive," she writes. "[He] reminds his readers that we are all seekers, searching for the reality that is larger than we are.
You can get the full issue here -- and check out the rest of the review on pages 83-84.
The Petoskey News recently featured a review of The Grace of Distance, among other books that can be "a useful tonic in troubling times." Here's an excerpt:
"Another collection worth noting is Matthew Thorburn’s The Grace of Distance.
"New from Louisiana State University Press, the Lansing-born Thorburn acknowledges his Midwest roots in 'A Poem for My Birthday,' where he points out how he’s 'twice been promoted,' but wonders at what cost, realizing on his 41st birthday, 'Wish I’d stayed home to see my old parents grow older.'
"In 'Watch Over Us,' dedicated to Michigan poet and professor Keith Taylor, Thorburn is riding 'the hot subway home,' when he discovers 'a mosquito poised at the top' of a book’s page. He instinctively readies to 'smush it with (his) thumb,' but asks instead, 'Lord, watch over us all tonight on these journeys we may not even know we’re taking.'”
Here's the full article.