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Lana Del Rey Announces Release Details For Poetry Collection and Spoken Word Album

Friday, 10 July 2020 Written by Huw Baines

Lana Del Rey has shared details of her spoken word album and poetry collection.

‘Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass’ will be released in hardcover on September 29, with physical copies of its audio accompaniment following on October 2 after an initial digital release on July 28. 

The collection is home to more than 30 poems, while the spoken word record features music from regular collaborator Jack Antonoff. In an Instagram post Del Rey also announced her support for the Navajo Water Project, which you can find out about here.

“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,” she 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. I’m happy to donate a substantial portion of the proceeds to go to some Native American organisations I have always wanted to donate to, because of the experiences that I’ve had which  have greatly shaped my own life course.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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Del Rey released ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’ last year and recently announced work on its follow up in a statement that took aim at accusations that she "glamorises abuse", drawing criticism for its references to fellow artists Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé. 



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