Poking fun at the traditional American style of hard-boiled crime fiction, this satirical piece follows two misogynistic bounty hunters through the Trinidadian rainforest as they track down the people responsible for humiliating a ruthless mogul of the poultry industry. But the bounty hunters get more than they bargained for when they finally come across the culprits—they discover that now the chickens abused by the poultry mogul are fighting back. Rich with feminist metaphor, this surreal short story emphasizes how even the most seemingly innocuous chicks can overcome the domination and control of old-school chauvinistic thinking.
The Chicken Coup: A Distinctly Masculine Adventure for Distinctly Manly Men
Caroline Mackenzie is a Trinidadian writer whose short fiction and nonfiction writing has appeared in various publications worldwide. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and her debut novel will be published in spring 2020. She currently lives in Trinidad with her husband and son, where she continues to work as a freelance translator alongside her fiction writing.
Caroline Mackenzie; The Chicken Coup: A Distinctly Masculine Adventure for Distinctly Manly Men. Small Axe 1 July 2019; 23 (2 (2)): 89–99. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-7703318
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