Normal Milk

McKenzie, Vahri (2019). Normal milk. In M. Granger et al. (eds.), Storyfire: Winning stories from the Stuart Hadow Prize: 2005-2018 (pp. 187-192). Swanbourne, Australia: The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA. The work explores the gap between language and communication through innovative use of artificial language,…

Beer-n-bubs

McKenzie, V. (2017). Beer-n-bubs. In S. Corletto, A. T. Matthews, J. M. Miller and L. Washington (eds.).  Crush: Stories about love. Rundle Mall, Australia: Midnight Sun. The work adopts the first-person voice of a young man to explore performances of gender in fiction, probing the…

Likes to Measure

McKenzie, V. (2016). Likes to measure. In M. Sala and G. Osborne (eds.). Newcastle Short Story Award Anthology 2016. Newcastle, NSW: Hunter Writers Centre. The work formally experiments with the possibilities of non-narrative prose, developing strategies that include the poetics of catalogue (listing structures). It…

Against the Grain

McKenzie, V. (2014). Against the grain. Gargouille 1, 19-27. Autofiction that traces a physical and emotional journey, challenging genre divisions and prompting the reader to question pleasure and authenticity in narrative voice. Themes include the natural world and indigenous world views. It appears in the…

Philogyny #3

McKenzie, V. (2013). “Philogyny #3.” In L. J. Christensen (Ed.), Poetry d’Amour2014: Love poems (p. 134). Inglewood, Australia: WA Poets Inc. The work is in traditional Shakespearean sonnet form, which has a long association with love poems, but plays with persona and voice in unexpected…