First off, the painted cover for this book is truly a masterpiece in itself. The bright summery colours, fill me with joy and I want to reach for the trees, pick and eat a lusciously juicy orange! The oil painting is by Erika Lee Sears.
This book penned by world famous singer Lana Del Rey, and Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is published by Simon & Schuster. It is dedicated to whoever finds the book in their hands, which is lovely. The opening poem is the book’s title name, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass.
The book is not just filled with poetry, but also with photographs, some in colour and others are just in black and white. All of the coloured photographs within the book are Lana’s own, as well as the black and white photos in the second, third, sixth and ninth haikai. Personally, I adore haiku poetry, which is at the back end of the book.
These poems and photographs are filled with Lana’s heart, and we are able to take a peek inside of her mind and soul, and see things through her perspective at the time that the piece was created. This book is filled with lots of different life experiences and various degrees of many emotions. Some are so raw and beautiful, and some like the one I quote, pull at my own heartstrings, as my heart aches for Del Rey in this piece.
“Every night I die
when I give myself to you
sad but beautiful “
When you hold this book in your hands, you are holding both art and history at the same time, and much deeper things that them even, again. I love in the art pieces at the back of the book, the tin can in gold and white, and how the lights reflection is captured in the painting process. The tin can is in a brown paper bag and has ‘Rainier’ written in red painted lettering.
This is one of the books on my ‘To Buy Wishlist’. I read this book digitally on my mobile phone, using my local library in Gorey, Co Wexford’s Borrow Box App. It is a free app and is ideal if you are stuck in a hospital or an airport. Speaking of mobile phones, Lana Del Rey even has a piece called Ringtone. For me personally, this book was a slice of delicious cake, without the calories, giving me a taste of different varieties, and they do say that ‘variety is the spice of life’.
(c) Grace O’Reilly
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