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Melinda Bufton

Melinda Bufton

About Melinda Bufton

Melinda Bufton is a Melbourne poet and reviewer. Her work has appeared in Rabbit, The Age, Southerly and Chinese poetry journal Du Shi. Her forthcoming debut collection will appear in Spring, 2013.

The Possible Dream (Buying Jeans Online)

I don’t know. Does Eileen Myles think this much about her jeans? Probably not. Creating the perfect poetry jeans is not as hard as you think. It requires patience, skill, habitat and armoury. How to be Parisian seems to be …

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Review Short: Nathanael O’Reilly’s Distance

Nathanael O’Reilly’s Distance is threaded with daily objects and locations pressed carefully against each other for maximum coverage within minimum space. O’Reilly’s poems can travel whole countries in a couple of phrases, or emotional landscapes that dart from comfort to the homesickness we glimpse via the sparse beats charged with its evocation.

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Tastemaker Allowables

(15 signs I’ve become middle class) I don’t save anything for good a. I don’t save anything for bad Mind the poorhouse, cantilever side split 60 slow on the know how Berate with the swordfish mouth/kisser Orchestrate Take them down …

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Review Short: Melinda Smith’s Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call

Drag down to unlock or place an emergency callMelinda Smith’s Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call is her fourth collection, her work including substantial anthologisation and a number of prizes. Smith’s self-described aim is to for her poetry to ‘educate, inform and entertain … but mostly entertain’ (being the subtitle of her blog, Melinda Smith’s Mull and Fiddle).

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Continental Hourglass

3pm French service at the church of OMG dear secret vision board I have Franco’d up my stays into pearl restraint There are no zips as zips untrusted And you, my friend, with your hitherto plans your golden irises to …

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Review Short: Warwick Anderson’s Hard Cases, Brief Lives

Hard Cases, Brief Lives

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Review Short: Jo Langdon’s Snowline

Langdon It can be argued that one way to begin to make your ‘mark’ is to settle on a theme; in marketing, it’s a handle or a simple angle. In creative realms, it can be an oeuvre or a period, with a descriptor. Ideally, it should never be held too close to its object/subject for fear of typecasting, but for an emergent poet, it may well be the thing that reassures readers and helps them with a doorway into your work. For a first chapbook, a theme can also be the way to find publication. Jo Langdon’s Snowline is the 2011 winner of the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize, a welcome initiative for emerging poets from the Geelong-based Whitmore Press. It’s a deserving winner, and a pleasure to experience.

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Ellipsis Getting Bigger

Me: Yeah, no, I write too … Person: Really, great! What do you write? Me: Poetry Person: ‘…’ Sometimes that person actually lowers their eyes, bows their head, as though I have somehow reached too far into their minds and …

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