Lana Del Rey has released the first poem from her eagerly anticipated spoken word collection Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass.
The first edition of the project will be shared as an audiobook and, as a listing on Amazon points out, it will be 33-minute collections of 14 tracks. Del Rey’s poetry will also be supported by music created by close and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff.
The project will also be given a physical release and, as a listing on bookseller Waterstones states, Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass will be sold as a comprehensive 112-page book which is due for release on September 29. The audiobook version will be released on July 28.
“’Violet bent backwards over the grass’ is the title poem of the book and the first poem I wrote of many. Some of which came to me in their entirety, which I dictated and then typed out, and some that I worked laboriously picking apart each word to make the perfect poem,” Del Rey said of the project.
“They are eclectic and honest and not trying to be anything other than what they are and for that reason I’m proud of them, especially because the spirit in which they were written was very authentic. I’m happy to donate a substantial portion of the proceeds to go to some Native American organisations I have always wanted to donate to, because of the experiences that I’ve had which have greatly shaped my own life course.”
The musician previously explained that “thoughts are meant to be shared” when announcing her new spoken word record, also confirming that it will be available to purchase for just $1 with half will go toward Native American organisations. According to Del Rey, she “wanted to do it because in doing my own work in connecting to my family lineage, I was encouraged to also try and connect with the country’s lineage—this was a while ago—and it kind of informed the next album that I’ve been working on.”
To ramp up the release, Del Rey has shared ‘LA Who Am I To Love You?’ which you can stream below.