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…

I shine not burn

McKenzie, V. (2013). I shine not burn. In R. Rossiter (Ed.), Knitting and other stories (pp. 92-102). Witchcliffe, Australia: Margaret River Press. Autofictional family history that creates an authentic narrative voice, performing careful work along the fine line between life writing and creative writing. Themes include…

Complications

McKenzie, V. (2011). Complications. dot dot dash 7, 56-58. ‘Complications’ plays with the several meanings of the word to investigate unstable identity in the modern subject. With privileged access to interiority and psychology that is akin to thought, this fiction directly engages with mistaken identity…