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“The poetry collection examines the cost of fame through the lives of some of Hollywood’s most infamous and/or tragically unfamous women in accessibly insightful, and deeply moving, lyrical form.” (Marie Claire)

“With frank observations and blunt commentary, Tamblyn has created a smartly crafted collection, proving that she is a savvy and fierce woman and poet who knows that behind every spotlight is shadow.” (Booklist)

“Reviewers may compare Tamblyn to James Franco, who also wrote poems about his own celebrity, but the two cases aren’t really alike: Tamblyn’s work seems less slick, and it’s more playful and far more personal, with highs and lows that stick around after the cameras are off.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A memorial and a magical act. . . . Amber Tamblyn is not playing with metaphor or some flight of fancy. She is gifting us with the tragedy, the power, and most of all the truth of these women’s lives.” (from the Foreword by Diane di Prima)

“With a drummer’s approach to wording and a coroner’s attention to bodily detail, Amber Tamblyn’s tragicomic dead girl poems are a thoughtful, ghoulish kick.” (Sarah Vowell)

“Ms. Tamblyn has a gift for words.” (Quentin Tarantino)

“Amber Tamblyn’s Dark Sparkler is an elegy, a eulogy, a rhapsody, a rage. In these astonishing poems inspired by dead actresses, Tamblyn fiercely examines the spectacle of the actress as she lives and dies and how our hands and hearts linger on their lives.” (Roxane Gay, author of New York Times bestseller Bad Feminist)

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Here is the American starlet: discovered, disrobed, displaced, disused, disgorged.

In more than thirty haunting, visceral poetic portraits, acclaimed poet and actress Amber Tamblyn contemplates the interior lives of women who glimmered on-screen and crashed in life—figures as diverse as Frances Farmer and Brittany Murphy, Jayne Mansfield and Dana Plato, Jean Harlow and Sharon Tate, Heather O'Rourke and Dominique Dunne and Marilyn Monroe. Their stories invite us behind the eyes of a century's worth of women, the adored and the disappeared.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062348167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062348166
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her third full length collection of poetry, poet, actress and director Amber Tamblyn dives hard into the black waters of what it is like to be a young beautiful woman in the spotlight, and the result is equal parts stunning, staggering and illuminating. The daughter of a child actor (WEST SIDE STORY'S Russ Tamblyn) and a child actor herself (Tamblyn started a six year run on GENERAL HOSPITAL at 12), Tamblyn seems keenly positioned to receive and seek out stories of other young actresses crushed, damaged and even killed in the fame machine that is modern Hollywood. Reaching back into the golden age and as modern as this decade, Tamblyn charts these women's lives with a poet's eye, an actress's empathy, a director's sense of staging and historian's attention to detail. But Tamblyn herself is not lost in this story -- her realness is felt in her empathy, her fear and the push-pull that happens when you read a story similar to your own that ended horribly. You want to distance yourself for it, but you also want to pull it closer, understand it, even love it despite its tragic end. The epilogue which concludes this gorgeous themed collection is in itself worth the price of the whole book. It showcases Tamblyn's powers as a poet: her vulnerability, the dark delight of gut-punch metaphor, and an openness to her own darkness and fears.

Beautifully illustrated and fearless written, DARK SPARKLER is a brilliant new heights for the always risingTamblyn, and I am happy to be one of the earliest voices in the chorus of praise this book so richly deserves!
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Love the cadence and how she turns the phrases of her poetry. The poet writes in a way that is very personal and you are drawn into the expression of her world. Great reading - and I love it spoken even more.
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This is a collection of poetry honoring actresses who died in unfortunate (generally tragic but not always) ways. Some of them I've heard of and some were vaguely familiar and some, of course, I had absolutely no idea who they were. That's almost the beauty of this collection---it brings these women back to life and, hopefully, will encourage people to learn more about them.

Obviously I know Amber Tamblyn as an actress (she's actually been in some of my favorite movies) but she's a really talented poet. You can tell that she feels empathy for all these women (and children, in a few of the cases) and it makes reading this book a haunting experience.

It's not for everyone---probably some will find it morbid---but I hope Dark Sparkler finds its people. And I hope Amber Tamblyn keeps writing.
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By Gary on July 3, 2015
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I honestly didn't expect much when I first picked this book up. However, after a minute or two I was stuck on this book. The rhythm is exquisite and the composition is perfect. We can put ourselves in the time and shoes of those we lost too early.
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I am not a poetry reader, but this book was very captivating. Disturbing on many levels, as it was intended to be, the author sharply conveys the pain and posturing of working in the entertainment field. A worthwhile read, but be prepared for an intense emotional experience.
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Excellent writer, albeit a bit grim. I'd never read her before & (after recovering from &
rereading this volume) I intend to read the rest of her stuff. Nice book, fast delivery,
perfect price ... an experience on the "Very Good" level across the board ...
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