Lana Del Rey to release spoken word poetry project this month
Lana Del Rey has confirmed that her collection of poems, a book entitled Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass, will be released on July 28.
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.
Del Rey explained that that “some [poems] 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.”
Adding: “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.”
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.”
The singer has also shared a taster from the book with her poem, ‘Happy’.
Lana Del Rey, Happy. And when you call I put your sweater on, and put you on speaker, and chat for hours underneath the trees, and think about the last time you were lying next to me, how the noise from the cars got louder and louder during rush hour, until it sounded like a river or a stream, and it felt like we were swimming, but it wasn’t just a dream, we were just
Discussing the new project in an announcement made via a video posted on her social media, she said: “I had a thought for a while about how I knew wanted the album to be around a dollar because I just love the idea that thoughts are meant to be shared and that they were priceless in some way, and there was a second part that I’d been thinking of before releasing it which was that I wanted half of what the spoken word is going for to benefit Native American organisations around the country, whether it was for preserving their rights or trying to help keep their land intact.”
She continued: “I had wanted to do it because in doing my own work in connecting to my own 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. And I just really wanted to sort of pay homage to this country that I love so much by doing my own reparation, I guess I would say, my own reparative act.
“I know it’s an unusual choice, and I have no reasoning for it other than it just feels right to me, so as long as my spoken word album is distributed, half of it will be going to Native American organisations across North America.”