Lana Del Rey’s – ‘Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass’ released 28 July as an audiobook has Del Rey reading 14 poems to a background of dramatic soundscapes from Jack Anatoff who she worked with on Norman F***ing Rockwell.
Starting with ‘LA Who Am I to Love You?’ over a soft piano, Del Ray tells the story of her moving to the west coast and the feelings of isolation and vulnerability. Yet she also finds solace and affinity with the city of angels ‘It’s just that I belong to no one, which means there’s only one place for me. The city not quite awake, the city not quite asleep The city that’s still deciding how good it can be”.
‘Paradise is Very Fragile’ looks at the fragility of humanity and how the actions of others can impact our mental health and well being filling us with a sense of helplessness, “Paradise is very fragile, and it seems like it’s only getting worse Our leader is a megalomaniac, And we’ve seen that before; My friends tell me to stop calling 911 on the culture, but it’s either that or I 5150 myself”
Final poem ‘Bare Feet On Linoleum’ is confusing at times with other voices interwoven, its 12 stanza’s pay ode to one of her hero’s Sylvia Plath, imploring her not to take her secrets to her watery grave.
At times the performances are self indulgent, incredibly verbose and bordering on grandiloquent but the American star is clearly in love with her country and her talent for prose and language transfers from song writing to poetry effortlessly.
“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”, Del Rey said of ‘Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass’.
Violet Bent Backwards Over Grass is the first of two poetry projects that Del Rey has planned for this year. The other, titled ‘behind the iron gates – insights from an institution’, does not yet have a confirmed release date.
The hard back book for Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass comes out on 29 September 2020 and features 30 original poems and photography – the audio version is to purchase available now.
Audio version –‘Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass’ Poem List
1. LA Who Am I to Love You?
The Land of 1,000 Fires
Violets Bent Backwards over the Grass
Past the Bushes Cypress Thriving
Never to Heaven
Quiet Waiter – Blue Forever
What Happened When I Left You
My Bedroom Is a Sacred Place Now – There Are Children at the Foot of My Bed
Paradise Is Very Fragile
Bare Feet on Linoleum