Poetry Book Review: Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana Del Rey

Title: Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass

Author: Lana Del Rey


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 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)


Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’m sorry Lana but it turns out I don’t get down to beat poetry…

I don’t think I’ve talked about this on my blog before, but I’m a huge fan of Lana Del Rey. I’ve been lovin her since elementary school (I’m turnin 21 next month so you know how long that is). I absolutely love her music and lyrics and I think se and her whole image is very iconic. Because of my love for her songs I was so happy to hear she was publishing a poetry book. I usually never read poetry because it’s just not something for me, but since this is Lana’s book I really wanted to read it. And I’m really sad to say, it just wasn’t for me.

I’m happy I listened to te audiobook instead of reading it because Lana’s beautiful, relaxing voice really made this 10 times better. However, the poems were hit or miss to me. Some were really good (my favorite being ‘Past the Bushes Cypress Thriving’) and in some I really didn’t see the main point.

The whole problem is that I grew up reading very good quality poems for school and this was just so different from those. I don’t know what kind of poetry this is but basically it’s a rush of random thoughts htat most of the time didn’t make that much sense to me and I didn’t understand the message in most of the poems. Maybe I’m just too old school but it just wasn’t that enjoyable to me.

That being said, I see how many people would enjoy this, especially because Lana is a great interpretator and her voice is angelic.

However, I think I’ll stick to her music only. If it were someone else I would’ve rated it even lower, but since I’m a bit biased and I did enjoy a few poems, I rated it 3 stars.

Have you read this poetry book yet? If you did please write your opinions down below 🙂

Happy readin!

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6 thoughts on “Poetry Book Review: Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana Del Rey

  1. I just started this and read a couple of poems! To be fair, I’ve had a slightly opposite reaction to you so far. I’ve read so many contemporary poetry books from young writers (with those kind of one line per page poems) in recent years that I’m finding this quite refreshing. I’m not sure if I understand what Lana writes about but I think it’s interesting to see her influences manifest in her poems. So far I didn’t connect to any of them though… So we’ll see 🙂

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