In her first collection of poems, This Will Be Good (BookThug $18) Mallory Taterwrites about her feminism and struggles with an eating disorder. She also critically observes the suburbs of the Lower Mainland and nearby American lands, from Delta to Point Roberts, painting disturbing images of modern suburban life. She describes the latter as "a bruised thumb of American soil"; and people in the former, "where Baptist women get regular perms, where palm trees rest in traffic islands, and a Walmart will soon sprout from the earth."; It is not only her own bulimia she notices. At a house moving party she writes of: "each room peopled with vodka-drenched carpet, vodka-shaped us, frantic to touch each other, not knowing who else doesn't know much their stomachs can hold,"; knowing that she, "puked my mother's cooking before, homemade broth and barley.";
Mallory's poetry and short stories have been published in literary magazines across Canada including Room, CV2, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, The Maynard, The New Quarterly, Qwerty, Carousel, Canthius, Cede Poetry, Poetry is Dead, Prism International and Arc Magazine. She wasshortlisted for Arc Magazine's 2015 Poem of The Year Contest, The Malahat Review's 2016 Far Horizon's Contest and Room Magazine's 2016 Fiction and Poetry Prizes.She was the recipientofCV2's 2016 Young Buck Poetry Prize.
Tater is a writer from the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg Nation (Ottawa). She lives in Vancouver and is the publisher of Rahila's Ghost Press, a poetry chapbook press. Tater also works as a sessional poetry instructor at The University of Victoria.
This Will Be Good (BookThug 2018) $18 978-1-77166-394-6