Thorpe, Jo

Thorpe, Jo

In Brief

Jo Thorpe is a poet, dancer, and dance historian. Her poems have featured in journals and anthologies and her first collection of poetry, Len & Other Poems (2003), was written in response to the work of visionary kinetic artist Len Lye. Peter Bland writes, ‘the real interest in this collection is in its adventurous search for a poetic method, one that prefers 'the voluptuary/over the ascetic' and that has a genuine feeling for 'all the Ishmails and outcasts/of a wall-less/unbarred universe'’.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thorpe, Jo (1948- ) is a poet, dancer and lecturer in dance history.

Jo Thorpe was born in Wellington. She grew up in Gisborne, and graduated from Auckland University before settling in Wellington. Thorpe has also had stints living in Jakarta, New York, Canberra and Singapore.

Jo Thorpe’s poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. 'Windscreen' was selected by Elizabeth Smither for Best New Zealand Poems 2002.

Her collection of poetry Len & Other Poems (2003) was written in part as a response to the work of Len Lye and Roger Horrocks’ biography of the visionary kinetic artist. In his review of Len & Other Poems for the New Zealand Listener Peter Bland writes that, ‘the real interest in this collection is in its adventurous search for a poetic method, one that prefers 'the voluptuary/over the ascetic' and that has a genuine feeling for 'all the Ishmails and outcasts/of a wall-less/ unbarred universe'’.

Jo Thorpe's collection of poems, in/let was published by Steele Roberts in 2011. Nicholas Reid wrote in Poetry NZ, 'It is a pleasure to find a collection so alive and filled with a natural joy that it not naive.'

Jo Thorpe lives in Wellington.

Updated January 2017.