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Bang Ditto Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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About the Author

Amber Tamblyn is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and poet. She came to fame on the soap opera General Hospital followed by a starring role on the television series Joan of Arcadia. She has branched out into film roles, appearing in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Grudge 2.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Manic D Press, Inc.; 1st edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933149345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933149349
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amber Tamblyn is a contributing writer for the Poetry Foundation and the author of two previous works of poetry, Free Stallion and Bang Ditto. As an actress, she has been nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and an Independent Spirit award. Her writing has appeared in Bust, Interview, Cosmopolitan, the San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Pank, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. O. Aptowicz on September 10, 2009
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When people think of poets, they often think of them writing in isolation -- alone at a desk, or a holed up in the corner of a dive bar. Maybe that's way I've always gravitated towards books which showcase the work of working poet / poets with day jobs, living life like everyone else we know.

I have fallen hard for books like Jim Daniels' "Punching Out" (about the poet's childhood and adulthood living a car factory town), or most recently, "The Complete Poetry of James Hearst" which so beautifully captures decades in the life of a Iowan farmer. There is something profound and grounding about learning about a poet by what they do outside of poetry, and how their job (and the toll it can take) affects their relationships with their lovers, their family, their community and even with themselves.

So imagine my absolutely surprise when I realized that Amber Tamblyn's latest book, "Bang Ditto," absolutely falls into this favorite category of "books by a worker poets." Sure, her job may be unorthodox (Hollywood actor), but it nonetheless pushes and pulls at her, inside and out, like any other job would.

Sometimes this theme is obvious -- like in "Learning To Trust Legs", where she talked about being mistaken for a real prostitute when she was only playing one on a live set, or "Role Research" where she talks about stomaching the graphic images & stories she was exposed to while researching her role as cop. Other times, this theme takes a more surreal tone -- like in "Fell Off" where she feels compelled to defend her actor father Russ Tamblyn from an anonymous commenter on IMBD, or in poems like "Dear Demographic" and "My Face" where she bluntly confronts the public perception of what / who she is supposed to represent.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avals Sher on January 5, 2010
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While modern poetry might not be for everyone, especially if you're looking for strict adherence to rhyme form, it can be just as emotionally powerful. Furthermore, while on the surface, modern poetry might lack the allegorical and symbolic complexity of classical poems, you have to see past the surface and realize that there is just as much hidden in modern prose poems as in sonnets or villanelles. Moreover, given that many modern poems are written for the specific purpose of being performed, as opposed to private endeavors, it is best to hear, not just read, Tamblyn's poems to get the full effect. Having had the privilege of hearing a few poems from the book performed by Tamblyn herself, the difference is stark between just reading these poems and hearing them performed. As far as substance, the subjects of the poems run the gamut of relationship troubles to the pressures the society puts on young women today - all of which is very relevant in today's technology infused world. Thus, I recommend this collection for its substance, and urge you to read them aloud, even if just to yourself.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tiffkin on May 24, 2012
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Bang Ditto is Amber Tamblyn's sophmore effort, I can see considerable growth since her first book, Free Stallion. Tamblyn is part of a group of young poets trying to make poetry accessible and relevant to teens and young adults. Although some topics of the poems are very specific to life lived as an actress, the majority are fluid, strong statements about the lives, emotions, and experiences of our generation. Sometimes, hilarious, sometimes sentimental, often wry, Tamblyn's words paint a picture of her life and demonstrate the commonalities in thought and emotion that bridges profession, station in life and in many cases age. She has a way with metaphors and using phrases that paint graphic images that kick you right in the gut.

My one complaint about the book is that I felt the short stories and snippets were lacking the simplistic raw beauty found in her poems. In these it's as if she's trying too hard to be funny, instead of painting the picture with carefully chosen words.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel McAfee on July 18, 2010
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As an Amblyn fan and a writer myself, I was pleased to find "Bang Ditto." Her poetry is raw (not for the faint of heart or the tween) but she has an obvious talent for words and masks. I'm looking forward to her future poems even more than enjoying these.

A fine addition to the bookshelf.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald R. Taylor on November 6, 2013
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very good. funny at times. better than reading a bio about an actress because then you learn things " about her." while I now feel "I know her"or understand her better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John N. Varnell on May 3, 2014
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AmTam is a new heroine . Love the style and rhythm of this book . Off to read her first.
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