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Publisher Description

The New York Times bestselling debut book of poetry from Lana Del Rey, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass.

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.” —Lana Del Rey

Lana’s breathtaking first book solidifies her further as “the essential writer of her times” (The Atlantic). The collection features more than thirty poems, many exclusive to the book: 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 many more. This beautiful hardcover edition showcases Lana’s typewritten manuscript pages alongside her original photography. The result is an extraordinary poetic landscape that reflects the unguarded spirit of its creator.

Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is also brought to life in an unprecedented spoken word audiobook which features Lana Del Rey reading fourteen select poems from the book accompanied by music from Grammy Award–winning musician Jack Antonoff.

Lana Del Rey
hr min
July 28
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

lexie hynek ,

so calming

i love lana del rey and i absolutely love her voice. i like to listen to this before i go to sleep and it helps me relax. her poetry is so beautiful and i love how the poems were recorded!

S4moe ,

So dreamy

If you have been living under a rock and don’t know Lana, she an extremely creative poet/writer/singer. Even if you are what i call mediocre bourgeoise with a superficial taste in art, you are guaranteed to enjoy this book.
She is getting more personal than she ever have in his music with this piece. I have thoroughly loved every word,every pause, and most of all the very well thought out background music.

Hotdog700 ,


Her poems made me cry, she is so inspiring and her words are legit beautiful. She inspired me to work on my song writing and poetry, Lana is breath taking. If you love her music THEN YOU WILL ALSO LOVE THIS!

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