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Melinda Bufton, Moxie

Winner of the 2019 Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award

Moxie traverses the office landscape of our collective psyche, restlessly moving between the interior monologue of daily ruminations and epic-like career narratives lying in wait. The hustle gives way to survival, cresting back into gritty victories via the feminist acquisition of corporate language. Open-plan everything, filing cabinets bursting; the promise of the ladder, beckoning you in.

This book is the business! Smart-mouthed, pussy-bowed, funny/not-funny. Pitch perfect ‘filthy snippets’ of office lore and career advice. Kate Lilley

Melinda Bufton is a Melbourne poet. Her work has appeared in many publications including Cordite, Southerly, Axon and Rabbit and was anthologized in Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (Hunter Publishers, 2016) and Contemporary Australian Poetry (Puncher & Wattman, 2016). She holds a PhD from RMIT University, where she researched feminist poetics through creative practice.  In 2019 she was awarded the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award for the manuscript Moxie, resulting in its 2020 publication by Vagabond Press. Her previous poetry collections are Girlery (Inken Publisch, 2014) and Superette (Puncher & Wattmann, 2018). 
Presented by the Department of English at the University of Sydney, this award offers a cash prize of $7000 and publication with Vagabond Press of a collection of poems between 50-80 pages by an Australian woman poet. It is made possible by a generous bequest to the University by Helen Anne Bell.

Melinda Bufton, Moxie
2020. 148mm x 210mm. 70pp. 
ISBN 978-1-925735-19-2
Release date: TBA.

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Announcement of the 2019 Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award.


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