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Bang Ditto Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
A fine addition to the bookshelf.
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Don't want to be snarky about this because I see Library of Congress classify this as young adult poetry, and we could certainly do with plenty of that. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
My favorites are Tweet, In a New York Mugging, Gene Diamonds, Dear Demographic, Louisiana Stories. 125 pages of "YES."Published on November 15, 2010 by J. Halbert
I have a deep passion for poetry and have studied it extensively. Hands down, Amber Tamblyn is my favorite. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by SC/HH
Devouring this book is almost a religious experience. Just read it. It will change your life.Published on April 24, 2010 by Sharon