God Box is a sacred container replete with self & other, brimming with dazzling & touching clarity, language, emotion, confidence, & self-love. In these poems & stories—pleasantly varied in style, form, subject, & place—Mallory Whiten lucidly transmutes the complex magic, joy & trials of a healing process from trauma, from within the quotidian performance & experience of being & existing as a woman. God Box, Whitten’s second book, is bright with offerings, dreams, blessings, boundaries, affirmations, prayers, synchronicities, & her signature, meticulous & necessary noticing—all of which constellate in a radiating affirmation of life that returns a self to its provenance: the holy box that holds the entire universe and—most importantly & miraculously—ourselves.
I highly enjoyed God Box—a moving, surprising, powerful, inspiring book about suffering, struggling, sexism, creativity, art, work, dreams, recovery, healing, synchronicity, friendship, and change.— Tao Lin
Mallory Whitten exists in the delicate and precious space of writing as someone who says so much in the simplest and most up-front way possible. Her choice in and attention to recalling specific stories that happen in physical reality are always aligned with the Highest Good in the way that they lead you to remember what truly matters to you, in a way that reminds you of your own truth—no matter how different or similar it is to hers. God Box is a beautiful work of art that reflects the simultaneous incredibly light and incredible dense world back to us. Anyone will be blessed and reconnected to everything holy after reading this book.— Erin Elizabeth Wehrenberg
God Box is an unflinching account of mental illness, but it's not one that resorts to familiar tropes of sympathy and victimization. It treats its pain as a rare gift, to be plumbed, excoriated, and conquered. "i want to be free from all the ideas other people have about me that help them feel stronger in themselves," Mal writes. There is perhaps no truer desire.— Andrew Weatherhead
Collected poems & short stories book
" Without pretension or desperate need for approval, and with amazing originality, Mallory's Collected Poems and Stories succeeds where so many contemporary writers fail. She connects the personal to the universal, finds humor in sorrow, and writes with such detailed realism it begins to feel profoundly abstract. The poems feel like stories and the stories feel like poems. Quietly, I think Mallory has written one of the best books of whatever this current cultural situation is." - ANDREW WEATHERHEAD
" Mallory Whitten is easily one of my favorite writers. She painted a steak for me once and covered it in rhinestones. She called it the disco steak and I hung it on my wall. Every morning I get up and it sparkles and shines. This is her book. It'll make you sparkle and shine after you read it. I hope you're ready to sparkle and shine. I hope you're ready to say Mallory Whitten is one of your favorite writers too. She made this book just for you. You're welcome"
- SCOTT McCLANAHAN
- SCOTT McCLANAHAN
" Mallory Whitten is a ninja of minutia, poems about graduating high school, being half asleep, needing to be skinny tomorrow, sitting around a bonfire, sexy fart noises, pooping puppies, and apologizing to people for things that don't matter to you but matter to them. The book also contains the unforgettable Knife Girl, a poem about a true high school outcast, so truly outcast her story would never make it in any YA book or young adult show. " - NOAH CICERO
" over the years i've known mallory, i've watch her grow into today's hottest and most zooglifying in your face high five ya later cuz i'm too fly for your bussa-ass no good son of a bitch i'm tellin you, tellin you point blank and all up in them guts: mallory has the pinzoosheristic nurbles of a young grilled cheese with eyeballs that'll knock those socks all the way to fucking nebraska and back home and that's no lie because i'm an authority because i'm blurbing this and you're considering something about this book based on this blurb which is terrible, you fucking terrible asshole you." - SAM PINK