From the March 15, 2015 issue:
It seems anyone with a platform (often stardom or even simple notoriety) can publish a book these days. Successful actress Tamblyn certainly has a fan base, but that in no way diminishes her obvious poetic chops and distinctive aesthetic vision. Dark Sparkler is a thoughtful tribute to child and adult actresses who, like Tamblyn, experienced being female in an industry that often objectifies and discriminates against girls and women while condoning self-abuse, such as drug use and extreme dieting. Many of these actresses committed suicide; others died young or violently. But Tamblyn also mines personal experience, connecting the dots between her own insecurities and destructive habits, with the path behind her strewn with the casualties of not just fame but also the pursuit of the superficial. Commissioned illustrations by David Lynch, Marilyn Manson, and others help accentuate and elucidate the poems’ layered meanings. With frank observations and blunt commentary, Tamblyn has created a smartly crafted collection, proving that she is a savvy and fierce woman and poet who knows that behind every spotlight is shadow.
— Janet St. John