Monday, December 28, 2015

#3 of 2015 - Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn

Dark SparklerDark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published April 7th 2015 by Harper Perennial

The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time—from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy—explored in 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 Tome, 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.

Emotionally Draining.

Fourth non-fiction book on this list and second book of poems.
I was already familiar with a lot of these actresses but I did have to look up a lot of them too.
Whether I was already familiar with them or not, each and every poem dedicated to each and every actress in the book brought me closer to all of them.
All such sad and tragic ends with so many whys? and what ifs? for each of them.

I feel like so much of me was pulled out while reading this.

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