Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn includes interesting illustrations and poems about actresses whose lives ended prematurely. I read some of it at a bookstore the other day and enjoyed it. The price is $18 — kinda steep for a book with only 128 pages — so those who like to buy their lit on the cheap best get a used copy and save the trees and several dollars. Also, the book has a foreword by Diane di Prima, a beat poet I mentioned in a post the other day, coincidentally.
the poetry goddesses smiled upon me yesterday. Two poetry books for a total of $1 at a local used book store. “Beat Poets” was a particular treat to find. It has 28 poets, 250 pages. Refreshingly, seven of the poets are women. Very rare in beat lit! The other book is an anthology published by the Poetry Foundation.
Those who are interested in female beat writers should google Diane di Prima. Her poems are pretty exceptional. The other women in the book are Elise Cowen, Barbara Guest, Lenore Kandel, Marie Ponsot, Joanne Kyger and Anne Waldman.