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The poems in How to Be an American strike the chords of conversations we should be having, should have already had and resolved, or conversations that should be irrelevant. In this generation’s remake of democracy, Malinenko’s book is an incendiary device.
—Jason Baldinger, author of The Lower Forty-Eight

Ally Malinenko is the embodiment of what E.L. Doctorow meant when he s
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Paperback, 102 pages
Published November 16th 2015 by Six Gallery Press
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Eirik Gumeny
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the ever-loving shit out of this collection. Ally Malinenko doesn't so much hold a mirror up to society as a magnifying glass. She brings to the forefront the overlooked among us, the realism we mistake for pessimism and try to shove down and hide with alcohol and prescriptions. She calls out the flag-waving American exceptionalism we traffic in for the propagandist bullshit that it is.

A quote on the back of the books states that these poems are "anti-American." Whoever the editor was t
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R.L.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With candid narrative poetry and lyrical lines that both resonate and startle at the same time, Ally Malinenko examines what it means to live and move and become in America. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN exhibits Malinenko’s gifted use of language and understanding of human nature and culminates in a collection that rings true and almost prophetic in our current world.
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Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Starkly honest and viscerally pointed, Malinenko has put together a strong and resonant collection of poems that doesn't suffer fools, or hold back on what it really means to be an American in today's climate. Highly recommended. ...more
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It never occurred to me that I would open up a book one day and be transported back to the basement of Sacred Heart Church. Ally does that a lot in this book though and that makes it interesting. Having played dodge ball, being a traveler (and rarely a knowledgeable person of places I travel), and being an American I find myself in this book sort of surprised by the glare of the stage lights. 'How to be an American" puts you uncomfortably back in your skin. I think this is good poetry because it ...more
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Ally Malinenko is the author of several the poetry collections as well as Ghost Girl and the upcoming This Appearing House both from Katherine Tegen Books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and blogs at allymalinenko.com. She can also be found blathering about Doctor Who and David Bowie at @allymalinenko.

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