However, two things bother me about Bang Ditto One is, she doesn t seem to have something to say that is worthy of the writing skills she has The other is that she seems to suffer from the unearned world weariness common to 20 somethings and especially 20 something writer types I know whereof I speak I was one of them Her language and her imagination are plenty enough to grab a reader s attention she doesn t need the constant mildly vulgar asides and accent on the down side I m not suggesting she become some kind of Pollyanna, but we ve all had a hangover, Amber It isn t really very edgy to write about it Because she is an actress, there are some interesting pieces having to do with Hollywood, especially the hallucinogenic The Black Tie Warren One day, Amber Tamblyn may blow us all away with what she can write, but that time is not yet She already has the tools, and is worlds better than such celeb poets as Richard Thomas, Suzanne Somers and even Jewel, but the substance isn t quite there yet Watch this space Until then, don t expectthan she can yet deliver.
Amber Tamblyn does an interesting job of describing what the life of a young actress is like through her poetry She has been writing poetry since the age of 11, and most of her poems are directed at young adult women There are some great metaphors, similes, and humor used in a few of her poems that I think is fun to share An Excerpt from Poriferan Our love was small, like airplane bathroomsand really only good for one thing relieving ourselves A quote from Bang Ditto Dear North star and Venus I know you don t give a gas about me HA A line from With lots of Salt and Imagination My brain was a bottleFloating away with a message inside While this book had a few moments that made me laugh or reached me somehow, they were overtaken by the clouds of unnecessary innuendo, swearing, and somewhat cryptic metaphors that are difficult to understand While I understand that these things may have a purpose to her while she was writing it, it sometimes remains unclear where she was going with some of the poems, or what we could get out of them as readers I rated this a two, because I personally did not care much for the content, I feel that it would be inappropriate for my future classroom of high schoolers, even though I am sure they would read it anyways.
Heh, heh, I admit I read this because I used to be a big fan of Amber Tamblyn when she was on General Hospital I ve followed her career since then and I think she is a very talented actress My sister bought me her book and got it signed, hee I m guessing Amber wrote the poems in the book in her early to mid twenties Many of the poems have a distinctly adolescent feel not in a good way too many vague, hysterical abstractions also, a lot of unexplored metaphors However, there are some genuinely original lines in the collection, and her prose poems struck me as the most interesting Also, some of the later poems in the collection veered away from the adjective and metaphor overload Thesestripped down, disciplined poems seemed stronger.
All in all, a fun read, with some moments of authentic surprise and creativity, but I will be snobby and say I don t think this would have been published if the author was not a famous actress.
The second work of poetry for author actress Amber Tamblyn I enjoyed the second book so much, andthan the previous A few years of age can make a big difference in voice and experience and it s rejuvenating to hear such powerful words coming from someone my age.
There were many amazing works you can see some examples here and I wish I had copied some of the lines down before returning the book to the library This will definitely be one to add to my own collection and I hope to seeworks from Amber Tamblyn in the future.
Bang Ditto is almost a direct sequel to Amber Tamblyn s first collection of poems, Free Stallion, in which she tackles the issue of becoming a young woman when in Bang Ditto she writes what it s like to be a young woman, especially in Hollywood Amber paints with words forcefully, like she s not afraid to let the trails of her brush show Her work is raw and powerful, it doesn t hide rage or pain, it shoves them in the readers face, but almost in a gently manner Amber is a master of metaphors and double meanings she is a Feminist with the capital F she is the voice of the women of our generation, and i can t imagine a woman who wouldn t indetify with her words Stop getting wasted and throwing upyour individuality outside of clubs.
There is no fast food to help you cope whit that.
Leave your mark on thw worldwith something that can t be chosen froma tattoo book of Chinese symbolsfor the lower back.
Pierce something other than your skin When i tell you to think for yourself,don t give a shot what i say from Amber Tamblyn s poem Dear Demographic We D All Love To Stop Eatingthe Poisonous Parts Of Our WildnessEver Wondered What It S Like To Be A Celebrated Hollywood Actor From The Age Of Eleven With Insightful, No BS, Cards On The Table Poetry That Is Quite Serious Yet Has Fun With Metaphor, Imagery, And Language Itself, Author Amber Tamblyn Gives Readers A Backstage Pass To The Show Inside Her Mind Whether She S Describing Real Life Info Gathering For A New Prime Time TV Drama Role Research Or Addressing The Crossroads Of Public Perception And Private Life Fell Off , Amber Tamblyn Reveals Questions, Answers, And In Bang Ditto, Wielding Metaphors Mercilessly In A Wry And Talented Voice Tamblyn S Witty Personal Accounts And Surprisingly Lyrical Observations Go Way Above The Scripted Bullsh T Spouted By Most Of Her Peers The Onion AV Club Punchy, Spiky, And Flush With A Young Writer S Love Of Language, The Collection Often Deglamourizes The Acting Business A Great Find Barbara Hoffert, Library JournalAmber Tamblyn Is An Emmy And Golden Globe Award Nominated Actor And Poet She Came To Fame On The Soap Opera General Hospital Followed By Starring Roles On The Television Series Joan Of Arcadia And The Unusuals She Has Branched Out Into Film Roles, Appearing In The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants And Many Other Films Winner Of A Borders Choice Award For Breakout Writing, The Author Currently Resides In New York Amber Tamlyn s Free Stallion came out when she was 21 Many of its poems were probably written when she was much younger than that and their perspective was often from the experiences of an adolescent woman in the adult world Sure she had the advantages of being mentored by Beat poets like Michael McClure and Jack Hirschman, but even in that first book she showed she was a poet in her own right.
Now comes Bang Ditto four years later, and by then she s twenty five She has matured and her writing has as well Her vision is clearer and she sees the world around her with the slightly jaundiced eye of someone who has been working Hollywood since she was nine, and learned long ago to accurately assess the people she meets Somewhere, in some secret journal, she has been taking note about what life has thrown at her and in Bang Ditto has turned them into some powerful poetry.
All I can add is, Amber, give us .
I take a lot of inspiration from this book of poems and Amber Tamblyn s way of playing with words and metaphors I love her imagination This book has a lot to do with her career in the media and in Hollywood, but she talks about her experiences in a different view than expected, with dry humour and very clever metaphors.
This collection is also aimed towards young and middle aged women, as Tamblyn has a few specific messages for them, like in Dear Demographic and because of the poems concering love which really stay with you wondering if when he kissed me, did I taste like wasted time or Our love was small, like airplane bathrooms and really only good for one thing relieving ourselves I loved the imagery her words stir up in my mind and the thought her choice in words provokes These aren t just ordinary poems I loved them.
Amber Tamblyn is a very talented poet I would have rated this volume higher if I could say I liked it Her images, play with words, the vocabulary, and different styles of poetry all show her to bethan competent in the genre Tamblyn even shows flashes of brilliance The problem for me is the negativity, the gutter language, the dreary outlook that she puts on display, with lots of pride I suppose that much of what she writes about is authentic to her, but it also rings melodramatic and displays a faddish need to wallow in the depths of all that is filthy and morbid There are one or two poems which I liked quite a bit, but out of 62, that is not saying a lot.