Looks like Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album of spoken word poetry is officially on its way.
“Dates for the release of the audiobook and the physical book tomorrow!” the pop star captioned an Instagram post of the cover of the LP’s accompanying book on Wednesday (July 8). One day later, product pages appeared on Amazon for both the album and book.
Matching the album cover art, the book cover features a painting of three lemons growing in the lush, greenery of a tree. (Del Rey 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.)
According to Amazon, the project — titled Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass — will be available July 28 in audiobook form, while the hardcover edition will hit shelves two months later on Sept. 29 via Simon & Schuster.
“‘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,” the singer said in a statement. “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.”
The audio version of Violet Bent Backwards… will feature spoken word performances by Del Rey set to music by Jack Antonoff, who previously worked with the star on her 2019 album, Norman F–king Rockwell.
Check out the singer’s latest announcement about her poetry below.
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Dates for the release of the audiobook and the physical book tomorrow! Also you should know about – Navajo Water Project www.navajowaterproject.org 1 in 3 Navajo still don’t have a sink or a toilet. That means 1/3 of Navajo families haul water home every day. They pay 67 x more for the water they haul vs. piped water. Access to running water has become more important than ever during the COVID-19 crisis. In May, the infection rate in the Navajo Nation — at roughly 2,500 per 100,000 residents — surpassed that of New York. The Navajo Water Project brings clean, hot and cold running water to families across New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.The installation of a water and solar system takes just 24 hours from start to finish. The Navajo Water Project has a fundraising target of $1,035,000 for 2020 to bring running water and solar power to 230 families. and we plan on fulfilling that target in the next 4 weeks to bring it up to their million dollar mark, and we’ll be traveling throughout New Mexico Arizona and Utah to say hello and make sure it gets done. The Navajo Water Project is Indigenous-led, and registered as an official enterprise on the Navajo Nation. Their work creates meaningful, high-paying jobs, many with benefits like 100% employer-paid health coverage.
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Billboard has reached out for additional confirmation on the release dates.