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The New York Times best-selling 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 30 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. 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 that features Lana Del Rey reading 14 select poems from the book accompanied by music from Grammy Award-winning musician Jack Antonoff. 

©2020 Lana Del Rey. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Lana Del Rey. All rights reserved.

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Ethereal and a Transcendent Escape

This is a unique and transcendent 40 minutes of bliss. Lana uses her experiences, her voice, her creative ways to describe her world. A world for us all to escape into. Her descriptions of LA to a simple Zimmerman floral dress paint a visual feast through words. The music carries it like an ocean current. This is a must listen for anyone that wants to float away and remember past loves, a bright future and eternal blue skies.

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  • 2021-04-14

Beautiful poetry

I appreciate the candid way that the author approaches her poetry in ways that feel similar to her songwriting, playing on musicality of sentences, and also different, wordier and with a quality of stream of consciousness.

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Most beautiful poetry book

I listen to this everyday, I relate to the author very deeply and her performance is really music to my ears. Love lana

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The best poetry experience I’ve ever had

Absolutely incredibly spoken and stunning literature. Caresses my soul like a warm summer breeze. Thank you Lana Del Rey. Blessed

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  • 2020-09-02

Magical!

listening to it was like a beautiful adventure, it took me to a lot of different places :D

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I love you Lana

Thank you for blessing us with your words, voice, art and feelings. This is beautiful <3

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Nice and short perfect for a commute

Lana does a great job here I just wish the recording was of higher quality.

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This is art

Lana, you’ve done it again. This is such a beautiful piece of art. I felt your soul within every piece. Thank you for sharing yourself with the world.

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Immaculate

Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, Unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, shit on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it.

Lana did that. I love you girlie.

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We love you Lana

Lana opens up to us in a new and deeper way in this audiobook. You can feel her emotions in every word.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-28

A dreamy intimitate portrayal.

Famous for painting a canvas of what she speaks of in our head, Lana Del Rey pulls us from the current world and immerses us in on her world with ‘Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass’ making us appreciate the little things in life she sees and notices, forever changing our perspective on love, nature, and what we thought are our most intimate feelings. Don’t just come for the aesthetics but listen between the lines, the lyrics touch you more that way. This work of art helps her solidify her spot as the best singer/songwriter of this Generation a claim she voiced but was misunderstood earlier in the year. Lambasted by people, celebrities, and critics since her debut, this year when she decided to voice her stance on her opinions and decided to claim respect from her detractors that are unwilling to admit the impact she has and that she’s given to others in her industry since she grazed us with her presence, she instead received unnecessary backlash that provoked unwarranted anger proving to everyone that she’s always been misunderstood since the beginning. Her claim that in a way felt necessary and yet unnecessary because her eclectic and admirable work speaks for it’s self. It’s only a matter of time that her impact will be better known or better yet... respected (hopefully it is with this newly released work of art). One thing is for sure, she always seizes to amaze her audience whether they like her or not and that her constant evolution is ever so satisfying proving to us that she’s more than what you make her out to be but in reality she is a true artist. One who like they say is not from these times because deep down she isn’t a mass produced figure like her indistinguishable contemporaries but she’s a woman who talks about themes that has plagued mankind since the beginning : love, time, and death. Themes that always cut deep into our souls and are timeless. For those who block these feelings are lost and may never understand due to the prejudice within them. Now intimitate as ever she will keep on inspiring those who never give her enough credit, occasionally she will reappear to give us something we didn’t know we needed and she will then again bless us by opening up an intimitate perspective of her life and our lives making us come to terms on who we really are within.

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  • AH90
  • 2020-07-28

Above and Beyond

I enjoyed this collection thoroughly. The pictures painted with words are captivating. Exceeded any expectation I had.

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  • David Granda
  • 2020-07-28

Amazing storytelling

Love it! So beautiful, calming and interesting. The stories are quite relatable too. The music is ethereal. Recommend it 100%

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  • Hira
  • 2020-07-28

Magnificent

She once again did that. She made her dreams
come true, she is a beautiful poet now. Track 7 is so inspiring and everything is so raw and pure.

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  • Flávia
  • 2020-07-28

Every minute of it feels and sounds like heaven!

I loved how personal these poems are, and how deeply Lana decided to take us into her soul, her doubts, her insecurities, her passions, her kindness... it's a true masterpiece!

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  • Jesse Blevins
  • 2020-07-28

Lana Del Rey soothes & enchants!

This poetry audio is gorgeous. I felt completely transported while listening to her soothing voice. The music adds this very classic and ethereal sound. I highly recommend.

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  • Daniel
  • 2020-07-28

Absolutely incredible

Lana Del Rey has really proved to be a poet in “Violet” while embarking a possible new genre of poetry. Immersive Imagery is alive in all directions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-28

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND STUNNING POETRY

TALENTED, BRILLIANT, INCREDIBLE, SHOW STOPPING, SPECTACULAR, NEVER THE SAME, TOTALLY UNIQUE, COMPLETELY NOT EVER BEEN DONE BEFORE. Girl you have done it again, constantly raising the bar for us all, and doing it flawlessly. This is hands-down, absolutely the most beautiful thing I have ever listened to, thank you for blessing my ears.

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  • AML525
  • 2020-07-28

Gorgeous

“Would standing in front of Mount Rushmore feel like the great American homecoming i never had? Would the magnitude of the scale of the sculptures take the place of the embrace i never got?”

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-28

Great poetry and music

Really beautiful poetry set to beautiful music. She better win the Grammy for best spoken word.

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  • Marine Bourgeois
  • 2020-11-21

Mélancolique et plein d'espoir

D'une beauté et d'une sincérité rare ! Il émane de ce recueil un mélange de violence et de fragilité qui est parfaitement retranscrit par la voix douce et chaude de Lana Del Rey. On ressent chaque émotion de l'auteure, et j'avoue été émue aux larmes à plusieurs reprises.

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  • Sylvie
  • 2020-08-25

Wonderful

I loved it from the bottom of my heart, thanks a lot Lana it was a wonderful experience to hear your voice over these out of the world lines. I do wish more is to come!

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  • Bambi Eyes
  • 2020-08-05

It’s safe to say Lana is a true poet

It’s incredible to hear the way she expresses every phrase, she almost brings you into the feeling of the experience she had. Not only can she sing, but she can write, and she can convey it with such exquisite beauty. A believe her art may only be truly appreciated later on, it’s so different from anything else in today’s culture.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-31

Stunning

Really enjoyed the themes evoked, the melody in the background, and the beautiful words of the author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-28

Quelle expérience !

La voix angélique de Lana mêlée à la musique de Jack = magique !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-28

Incroyable

À écouter d’urgence , d’une douceur exceptionnelle, sa voix, sa diction , ses mots, tout est beau

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-28

Piece of art

It's of a beauty that you can't even describe, you just have to listen to it