• [He] writes like a man in love with language, with the sheer possibilities of words. His work is musical, brimming with slant rhyme and assonance, and also subtle in its effects

    Jane Yeh, Poetry Review
  • The essential element about Thorpe the poet is that he is unusual among many contemporaries for possessing a superbly honed ear for the cadences of language and speech

    David Morley, Guardian
  • Thorpe's poems are finely scored for the voice, but they go beyond the recognisable into the mystical

    Peter Porter, Observer
  • A writer with exceptional gifts

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
  • There are never going to be many poets in any generation who leave you strapped for superlatives; excitingly, Thorpe is one of them

    Robert Potts, Literary Review

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