Author(s): Mark Reid
Blindside, Mark Reid's fifth collection, exhibits his accustomed minimalist rigour, a spare and allusive lyric, contemporary, colloquial, committed, seeking the sublime in the everyday.
Shortlisted for the 2019 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
A haircut, a spiderweb, a picnic, popular culture and higher culture too, a sequence about the inhabitants of a nursing home, and a sequence, inspired no doubt by Les Murray’s ‘Translations From the Natural World’, about the inner thoughts of animals — Mark Reid’s poems are built out of the everyday properties of a world we are all able to recognise. The ideas uncovered behind that familiar world are where his originality lies.
The language of his poetry is clear and direct, while his poetic technique is simple yet effective, consisting mainly of short unrhymed lines, often widely spaced, so that the reader’s eye moves easily from phrase to phrase. Yet, beneath such simplicity, these poems conceal depths of philosophical and religious thought that are revealed only in repeated readings. Blindside is a work of effortlessly superior intelligence, showing the reader how ‘To think of thought itself’.
Mark Reid's poetry has always delighted & challenged me. His distinctive voice & finely tuned ear for just the right music has given his work a potency that's been hard-won. Reid is a craftsman. —Anthony Lawrence
Reid's is a brooding art, open to epiphany, constructing it, but also measuring its constant retreat. —Lyn McCredden
Praise for Looking out from Bashan: the republic of Og:
Mark Reid's brilliantly strange but accessible writing is lyrical and magical. — Philip Salom An intricately delving blend of ancient and modern apocrypha which unearths stories in us all. Mesmerising. —Toby Davidson