Looking out from Bashan: the republic of Og

Written by Mark Reid


Og is the last survivor of the giant races of the Old Testament, doomed to conquest by God’s chosen people on their way to the Promised Land. Og is not only the king of the last of his people but, as a giant amongst ordinary sized humans, he also represents the monster within.

An exciting new collection of poems linked by a strong narrative into a poetic ‘biography’.

‘Reid’s words are understated, sometimes stark, and are employed with precision. This is a highly approachable collection that will be enjoyed by readers of poetry and short fiction.’ Colosoul Magazine

’Reid’s fantasy is not a simple narrative but a dynamic series of portraits, offering cinema a bio-pic model with its many different views of his character Og.’ Michael Farrell, The Australian

’Og is wonderfully primal and unexpected, a Biblical and gigantic character. Og is the naive power of perception and learning, a great craft afloat on his own oceanic curiosity.’
Philip Salom

‘An intricately delving blend of ancient and modern apocrypha which unearths stories in us all. Mesmerising.’
Toby Davidson

ISBN 9781921888830 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories Poetry
Pages 96
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Mark Reid

    A resident of Fremantle for twenty years, Mark lives in tiny Greenwell Point on New South Wales’ south coast. Read more