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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (August 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416902597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416902591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 10 Up–Tamblyn is an emerging writer with passion and commitment. Free Stallion is a compilation of poetry that amounts to a portrait of the artist as a teenager, from the very early years through post adolescence. Many of the selections are appropriately self-absorbed but move beyond journalistic catharsis to real insight and stunning language for one so young. In Dig, Tamblyn wants to distance herself with language that examines and classifies: Hollywood's got a face./Trophy wives with stitched-up sideburns/look like 3rd degree burn victims. Gutsy, she speaks frankly of sexuality. In Vibration she explores the limits of enjambment: Drop your weapons–/pick up my hip attachment./Screw it,/on./I'm suing for a-sexual harassment. In Moths she writes with the same desire to push language a little further off-kilter: …I am a derelict without furniture or life signs,/painting your posture from distance that/can fit inside the palm of your land. And she has economical humor: I want to sneak out/in the night,/do stupid things with nature/in the dark,/regret them/in the light. Public libraries will want this book for the permission the writing gives to use language in the expression of strong emotion, and as a unique record of one artist's early promise of crafting an art for life or vice versa.–Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
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About the Author

Amber Tamblyn is the star of Joan of Arcadia, the highly successful TV show currently airing on CBS. She is also known for playing Emily Bowen-Quartermaine on the soap opera General Hospital, on which she appeared from 1995 to 2001. She has appeared on shows including Without a Trace, CSI: Miami, and Boston Public and in the films The Ring and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Amber's father is the actor Russ Tamblyn. She lives in Los Angeles.

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What an amazingly talented writer!
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I bought this book even though it's being marketed as "teen literature."
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It has been as powerful to me as the bible is to others.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rose on April 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Tamblyn's collection of poems is a more skilled effort than many of the collections I've seen published by people already in the public eye. Her effort is apparently earnest, but, as compared to many poets (even in her age group) currently seeking publication, this first volume does not live up to the standards most publishing companies set for no names. At public readings in Los Angeles and Orange County, one notices that southern California's poetry 'scene' often tends to be a touch cinematic. Several locally-esteemed writers I've seen present their poetry illustrate that they've become competent in poetic craft with an emphasis on entertainment--their writing calls for performance rather than reading. I enjoy these performances and find depth within them, but even small-scale acclaim tends to stunt growth. Once one has been schooled in poetry (however said schooling comes to pass) there is a period in which he/she writes poems of varying quality and is clearly on the road to finding a true comfortability within a unique voice. Early publication on a national my-book-is-available-at-Borders-and-Amazon scale seems to set writers--Amber Tamblyn among them--into a style that doesn't encourage further development. The young writers garnering an audience for their words and setting examples for today's adolescents should be the best young writers out there and Tamblyn, though substantial, just isn't there yet. I hope she finds cohesive critics who nurture her voice and look forward to future works.
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A poetry book is rare when it comes to celebrities. Very few to my knowledge have ventured out and dared to have a secondary interest to their number one talent. In Amber Tamblyn however, you'll find something even more of a rarity. You'll quickly discover that this book, while short in pages, will not sell anyone short in spirit or impact - fan or otherwise. This book does not exist simply to turn a quick buck, like so many others might. Instead it is streaks ahead of its competition with it's admirable abandon and passion only Amber Tamblyn can impart beautifully to the reader with such vigor, desire, humour, and heartbreak. So when Amber embarks on this journey you'll have no other choice but to be swept up into it.

I enjoy writing poems as well mostly of a movie orientated fashion. It is a real joy to welcome Amber into this form of writing. To find a unique artist like Amber Tamblyn, who really has a tremendous vision and rare understanding and appreciation of who she is, and who she will become, is totally refreshing to me and special. This poety is indelible and is unequeled like my ever increasing love for her and everything she does.

Before reading Amber Tamblyn's incredible works of poetry enclosed in 'Free Stallion', I also read singer/songwriter Jewel Kilcher's 'A Night Without Armour' poem book. I admore the way Jewel uses her fine poetry skills in songs. The wonderful thing about poetry is there is nothing quite like it. It would be wrong of me to compare these two books so I appreciate them equally. I feel very blessed to have read this collection of poems. It is clear both Jewel and Amber have something very beautiful to share with the world, so the poetic power they pocess should never be taken lightly. It is a real gift.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By spellingwitch on August 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book even though it's being marketed as "teen literature." I've admired Amber Tamblyn ever since I saw her act on Joan of Arcadia (...) and in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. But here you get a glimpse at the real woman inside, and though young she is mature, intelligent, feisty, and strong. My favorite of the poems are the ones that rail against the cultural stereotype of what the ideal female body type is supposed to be. She's an excellent role model for today's young people in a world that so desperately needs them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It is a very well written book. I loved every poem. Great job Amber!!!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By buffygirl115 on September 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
First, allow me to say that no matter what I write in this review, it will not do this amazing piece of literature justice. Amber Tamblyn has managed to capture an entire lifetime of emotions in these pages. I have never really read a book of poems, but as soon as I picked this book up I didn't put it down until I had finished it, and even now, days later, I find my self going back and reading certain poems over and over because they are so beautiful.

Like most people have already mentioned, this book was marketed as a young adult/teen book, but I disagree with this decision. Now I myself am only 15, but the sheer brilliance of this novel will be appreciated by readers of all ages. I think all teens should read this book though, because the emotions that run through you as you read her poems is a sensation rarely felt through most other young adult books.

My favorite poems would have to be "Pipe Dreams" which is about being yourself, and not giving in to the Hollywood/media ideal of the perfect woman. Every girl between the age of 12 and 18 should be forced to read this poem.

Another favorite was "Dear S" which I found so moving. This line, my favorite line, is water stained from tears, "angels sit selfishly awaiting your skyscraper-arrival. I will not return you to whoever gave you to me, I can't."

"Paper tiger" which is about the war and the political happenings of our country is another good one.

Amber Tamblyn's talent shines in this spectacular book. Please, even if poetry isn't your "thing," purchase this book, it is worth every penny, if not worth more. i can not wait to read more from this wonderful poet.
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