From School Library Journal
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
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.