Lana Del Rey is set to release Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass, a previously announced collection of spoken word poetry. The collection will be available in audiobook and hardcover form by Simon & Schuster as well as on physical audio formats through Interscope and Polydor.
As the FADER reports, an Amazon product listing notes that the 14-track, 33-minute audiobook will see Del Rey’s poetry set to music by Jack Antonoff. The audiobook edition is set for issue on July 28. Del Rey also shared further information about the forthcoming release on Instagram yesterday.
Antonoff and Del Rey previously teamed up on her sixth studio album, Norman F_king Rockwell!, co-writing the bulk of the album’s songs together.
Del Rey also plans to release Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass as a hardback book later this year. According to a Waterstones product listing, the 112-page book will hit shelves on September 29.
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In relation to the product listing, Del Rey says 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.”
“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.”
Poems featured on the album include “LA Who Am I to Love You?”, “The Land of 1,000 Fires”, “Past the Bushes Cypress Thriving”, “Never to Heaven”, “Tessa DiPietro”, “Happy” and the titular poem.
In addition to her album and book of poetry, Del Rey is scheduled to release her seventh studio album, Chemtrails Over The Country Club on September 5.
The singer also used the post for more than just self-promotion, educating her fans about the Navajo Water Project and rising COVID-19 rates among the Navajo Nation.
The Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass audiobook is out on July 28 and can be pre-ordered here.