Lana Del Rey has released the audiobook of her new poetry collection Violent Bent Backwards Over The Grass and you can listen to “LA Who Am I To Love You?” one of the collection’s longer poems, in full below.
The new project will be available on CD, vinyl and cassette as well as through streaming platforms. A 112-page hard copy of the poetry book will also be available for purchase.
Like the other poems featured, “LA Who Am I To Love You?” sees Del Rey’s poetry paired with the music of Jack Antonoff, who co-produced the singer’s critically lauded 2019 album, Norman F_king Rockwell!’
In May, Del Rey announced the follow-up studio album to Norman F_king Rockwell! would be issued on September 5. The new record, Chemtrails Over The Country Club, will be the singer’s seventh full-length musical release.
Lana Del Rey shared her first piece of spoken word poetry in May. The poem, “patent leather do-over”, looks set to appear in Del Rey’s forthcoming book, behind the iron gates – insights from an institution.
Del Rey said of the release: “’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. 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 Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass audiobook is out now and can be bought here.