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 is a doctoral candidate at RMIT University, researching feminist poetics through creative practice. In 2019 she was awarded the inaugural Charles Rischbieth Jury Poetry Prize. 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.
Release date: TBA.