Lana Del Rey's Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass poetry collection will be released this month as a spoken word audiobook.
Since announcing it, there haven't been many updates on the release, but she has shared a couple of verses and snippets of poems.
Yesterday (8 July), Lana Del Rey shared a post on Instagram revealing she will announce the release dates for the audiobook and physical book of Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass.
The audiobook will run for 33 minutes, and will see Lana Del Rey recite 14 poems over music produced by Jack Antonoff, while the harcover book will span 112 pages. The audiobook arrives later this month, and the book version is due for release in September.
The Waterstones pre-order page also lists a quote from Del Rey about the poetry collection, "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. 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."
Waterstones' listing also reveals the hardcover book will include more than 30 poems, including Never to Heaven, The Land of 1,000 Fires, Past the Bushes Cypress Thriving, LA Who Am I to Love You?, Tessa DiPietro, Happy, Paradise Is Very Fragile, Bare Feet on Linoleum and more.
In December 2019, Del Rey revealed she planned to donate proceeds from the collection to Native American organisations. Her latest Instagram post indicates she will still do that, as she writes about fundraising for The Navajo Water Project, "The Navajo Water Project has a fundraising target of $1,035,000 for 2020 to bring running water and solar power to 230 families. and we plan on fulfilling that target in the next 4 weeks to bring it up to their million dollar mark, and we’ll be traveling throughout New Mexico Arizona and Utah to say hello and make sure it gets done."
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