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Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  13,610 ratings  ·  1,993 reviews
The highly anticipated spoken word poetry collection 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 p
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Published July 28th 2020 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
full review to come.

she’s coming to end shakespeare’s career and feed the gays.
Jack Edwards
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Lana Del Rey has tight control over her meter, rhythm, and rhyme -- like allowing a yo-yo to unravel itself yet all-the-while maintaining the power to pull it right back, exploiting its spin. Her distinctive tone and ethereal language are unmistakably Lana, but there's also homage to Sylvia Plath in the assonance which is delicious to read aloud. It feels even more vulnerable than her music, especially in the physical edition where the drafts of some poems are printed alongside the refined final ...more
May 21, 2021 added it
i said this book was fine and the lana stans came after me
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Okay so i know i’m not supposed to be biased during a review but screw it... it’s our goddess we’re talking about here. I've been in love with the Queen of Coney Island for years so this gets a solid 5/5.
First of all, I just wanna say I'm happy as heck and so proud of her; in the legendary monologue of Ride, she says "I was a singer. Not a very popular one. I once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet, but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million
This was incredible. I must say I may be a bit biased because Lana is one of my favorite artists and I’ve loved her work for a really long time. But as a lover of poetry as well, I can confidently say this is truly an outstanding collection. LDR’s songwriting has always been my favorite aspect of her music, and she really takes her talent with words to new heights with these poems. She writes on topics such as happiness, love, solitude, trust, control and even writing itself, in both familiar an ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oh, the self-indulgent fragility... Bless her heart. Anyway, poetry is subjective, I suppose. Let's leave it at that. ...more
Whitney Atkinson
i heard a rumor that this book was originally only supposed to be published in local bookshops in los angeles/california, and after reading it, that makes sense. there's so many references to a part of the country i'm not familiar with, and though i could identify with her emotions and there were also pictures for each poem, it could be hard to place myself in the poem because the landscape was so foreign.

but this reads like a monologue she would insert into a song (like "ride") with very class
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, poetry
Lana Del Rey knows how to write a song. Her lyrics flow seamlessly along the waves of her melodies and transmit the listener to a particular place and time. For Del Rey, that's often a glamorized yet criticized American Dream, whether it's the grimy streets of New York or the palm-treed beaches of Los Angeles.

In her first collection of poetry, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, then, you'd be right to expect the same feelings as she conveys in her songs: of wanderlust, discontent and transien
Elyse  Walters
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook.... read by the author Lana Del Ray
39 minutes long

These poems ... are absolutely extraordinary....
The experience was soooo beautiful.
I listened to it ... with my eyes close—lying on the bench in our sauna — meditative-reflective—and peaceful

Between the piercing words -performed in almost a gentle rap-musical-lyrical type context ....
I was in a complete transfixed ‘awe’ space.

sooooo beautiful.... very special....
DO NOT listen to this while running on a treadmill —or an
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Lana Del Rey is the brooding hipster's Taylor Swift. ...more
Tears Of Venus
Jul 29, 2020 marked it as to-read

i don't have words. i just don't.

this woman is everything and i don't think anything i'll say can begin to express how i feel about her so i'm not even gonna try

i'll just

Emily B
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I had no real knowledge of Lana del Rey before listening to this and I found it pretty hit and miss
Sep 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Real poets don't have to try so hard to persuade their readers on every poem that they are real poets.

(Let's not forget she promised to sell the collection for no more than $1 "because my thoughts are priceless" (rolling my motherfucking eyes) and then she backed-out from the idea.)

I don't know how other people are not seeing the pretentiousness in this.

Update: Apparently (some of) the money was donated to the Navajo Water Project, which is great! I still believe the "book" is trash however an
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fan of lana del rey’s unique choice of words. This piece of writing is a true example of how talented and superbly hardworking she is. I am proud to say I am one of her biggest fans and I truly am impressed by this book.
Attack Salmon
I love love Lana Del Rey

But if I am expecting her poetry book to be anything like her lyrics then I am dead wrong. Half the time I don't even understand what her poetry is about or it can be called poetry lol because there is like whole conversation on it. Some of it manage to evoke some feelings in me and some is like bleh what is this even.

The beginning poem I feel like she is talking about her making love to L.A. WHAT?? And this title is very weird. Everytime I see it I have the perverted im
First I just have to preface this review by saying that I am a huge fan of Lana Del Rey. She is one of my all time favorite singers and I’ve been in love with her music for years. I’ve always resonated well with her songs so that made me super eager to read her poetry.

This poetry collection is very atmospheric. Reading the poems is like being transported to a sunny and dreamy day in LA. It’s very on brand for Lana Del Rey.

I liked how a lot of the poems had substance. A lot of poetry collections
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is, definitely, a dream coming true. I decided to listen to the audiobook, so I'm going to rate each poem included in it and then, when I will own my copy, I will also annotate them.

1. LA Who Am I To Love You?: ☆☆☆½
2. The Land Of 1000 Fires: ☆☆☆☆☆
3. Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass: ☆☆☆☆
4. Past The Bushes Cypress Thriving: ☆☆☆☆☆
5. Salamander: ☆☆☆☆☆
6. Never To Heaven: ☆☆☆½
7. SportCruiser: ☆☆☆☆½
8. Tessa DiPietro: ☆☆☆
9. Quiet Waiter - Blue Forever: ☆☆☆½
10. What Happened When I Left You: ☆
Fatima Haider
Aug 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was high key annoying
Michelle Curie
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I'm very familiar with Lana Del Rey as an artist, yet I don't really listen to her music and can't say I care much about her as a public figure, either. Picking this up was mainly triggered by sheer curiosity and putting this down was dominated by feelings of utter surprise: this is good.

For those unfamiliar with what Lana Del Rey is doing out there, she's mainly known for her music and with her songs all reminiscent of a 50s America-nostalgia (sometimes more sometimes less successfully) combine
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I love you Lana but it turns out I don't get down to beat poetry...

Nov 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Since it's written more like a diary, I wouldn't call this poetry. She references to herself in the book as a poet, as well as saying that she wants to be seen as 'soft.' When I think about an individual being portrayed as soft, it is typically people with characteristics that Lana does not seem to have. I felt like I was rereading the same statement over and over again. I like Lana's music, but I have to confess that, if I'm honest, this poetry book was, at best, bland and rather pompous. ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I love Lana Del Rey, but I feel drunk after listening to this audiobook 😂 I enjoyed parts of this, but honestly... it was all over the place. Did I love it? No. Did I enjoy parts? Yes. It fell somewhere in the middle, so three shiny stars. 🌟🌟🌟
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book and the poems in it, reminds me of Sylvia Plath and a little of Emily Dickinson.
I've missed such poetry.... nowadays the poetry has become too artistic and out of hand for my taste.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it

I took a flying lesson on my 33rd birthday instead of calling you
or parking on the block where our old place used to be
Pathetic I know, but sometimes I still like to park on that street
and have lunch in the car just to feel close to you.
I was once in love with my life here
in that studio apartment with you
little yellow flowers on the tops of trees as our only view
out of the only window- big enough for me to see our future
But it turned out I was the only
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In case there was any doubt, Lana is not a pop singer, she’s a poet who makes music. Perfect words put in the perfect order to create perfect feeling. I’ll revisit it again and again. Also, all profits go to reparations for Native American people, so why not get the audiobook and the hard copy?
Carol Torres
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“-L.A., I'm a dreamer, but I'm from nowhere, who am I to dream?” ...more
Sanarya Saud
Aug 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Anyone who's given this 'book' 5 stars has not read a real poetry or not even good poetry at all! ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love, love and love her writing. I am not that familiar with her music and other things but yes, I love her writing!

The silly rhyming at times but also the lines which express her life and her art.

I love the photos in between the poetry and the lyrics, and also the paintings towards the end.

Some parts seem to depict domestic violence.

She wrote so effortlessly all these words of hatred and the no regrets vibes gave me all the joy while reading this collection.

However, I wish some lines didn't
Jul 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
I probably won’t like this but I have to read it because our queen Lana Del Rey wrote it so I feel obligated to read it.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, poetry, audiobook
I was one of the millions of people swept away by Lana Del Rey when I first heard the opening church bells and plaintive piano chords of "Video Games" nearly a decade ago. Despite the spite-filled hot takes and lukewarm reviews, the earworms on her debut album, Born to Die, burrowed in me. I was an immediate fan. Every new release delights me, and I sincerely count her as one of my very favorite recording artists.

But this?

This is bad.

Very, very bad.

The trouble with stan culture, though, is tha
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“LA who am I to need you
when I've needed so much, asked for so much?
And what I've been given, I don't know yet”
“Like a view of the sea on a summer day on the most perfect winding road taken in from your car seat window A thing perfect and ready to become a part of the texture of the fabric of Something more ethereal like Mount Olympus where Zeus and Athena and the rest of the immortals play” 40 likes
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