The first review is in! Grace Cavalieri includes The Grace of Distance in her Poetry Exemplars for September in The Washington Independent Review of Books.
Here's what she has to say:
"A new book by Thorburn is a pleasure. His familiar voice is a smooth-speaking one which imagines the poem into being with some of the finest lyrics in print. Thorburn takes a moment, explores it, then turns it on its head with a new sensibility. Where he excels is in the patient unfolding of story where he lays a platform and then slowly changes those thoughts to extraordinary ideas that shed new light. To read this book is to feel satisfied by language refreshed, sweetly composed with honesty and grace."
You can see the review here.