Dark Sparkler

Dark Sparkler

Book - 2015
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The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time--from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy--explored in a haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress. Amber Tamblyn is both an award-winning film and television actress and an acclaimed poet. As such she is deeply fascinated--and intimately familiar--with the toll exacted from young women whose lives are offered in sacrifice as starlets. The stories of these actresses, both famous and obscure-tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death--inspired this empathic and emotionally charged collection of new poetic work. Featuring subjects from Marilyn Monroe and Frances Farmer to Dana Plato and Brittany Murphy--and paired with original artwork commissioned for the book by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama--Dark Sparkler is a surprising and provocative collection from a young artist of wide-ranging talent, culminating in an extended, confessional epilogue of astonishing candor and poetic command.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062348166
0062348167
Characteristics: [ix], 116 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm

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mmilanow Feb 25, 2016

Tamblyn's poems provide a chilling and personal view into the ragged lives of the starlets that Hollywood has left in its wake. Some of the author's writing, in terms of lines and metaphors, may overreach or confuse the reader, but the stories of descent behind of each poem are painstakingly, truthfully and emotively described and fascinating in their own right. A thought-provoking read.

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