Published in Overland Issue 233 Summer 2018 · Uncategorized Fixings of Musedom (or How to Use a Muse) Melinda Bufton I mean it to be a thing that is lank but fond like a dead feather boa no-one can remember who it belonged to originally god but you still grab it when you’re loose, and flamboyantly tear it round your shoulders with nary a thinking. Look, it’s like a plastic bucket lying around that you tip some rainwater and dead leaves from before turning it to another purpose. I dunno. A zucchini harvest or the like. Look. It’s just the same as when you go to Zara or H and M and you KNOW that the innocent polyesters died in their thousands for the pelt you now drape with hope over en-sleekened peach, the in-sucked stomach of your comely bargains. The polyesters died, and you will probably buy this little rag. But no matter. You could also just wear a bucket. No-one really knows this but if you shush down the voices of your own makeover hamlet, the Muse pops up and tells you what to wear anyway. THIS IS HER MAIN FUNCTION. Image: Buckets / flickr Read the rest of Overland 233 If you enjoyed this poem, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Melinda Bufton Melinda Bufton is a poet and doctoral candidate at RMIT University, researching contemporary feminist poetics. Her latest collection, Superette, was recently released by Puncher and Wattmann. More by Melinda Bufton › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 8 December 2023 · Fiction Fiction | The Victims Emma Jayne Willson Every morning I checked the Director’s calendar to ensure there were no meeting clashes, no opportunity for her polished façade to slip. Once I’d made the mistake of booking two meetings without leaving ten minutes between them, thus forcing her to run across the sprawling campus. She arrived late for her meeting with the Provost, […] First published in Overland Issue 228 7 December 20238 December 2023 · Food Righteous appetites: the dilemmas of the ethical omnivore’s diet Jaimee Edwards The pastoral is our setting for the good life that puts the 'ethical' in 'ethical sausage'. The websites for small-scale farms and ethical meat butchers around the world look like brochures for retirement living. Together, the happy animals, their conscientious handlers, and ceremonial butchers form a picture of aligned values.