Celebrity Poetry Books

Today we at Daastan are talking all about celebrity poetry books. We often see that celebrities share on social media their interests apart from what they are famous for. From baking, reading, photography to visits to animal shelters and opinions on trending topics, all the snippets of their lives are online for the world to see. However, how would you feel reading a poem or a prose piece written by one of your favourite celebrities? Would it give you a chance to see a part of their soul as bared in that literature piece? Or would you read it like a poetry book from just another author without prejudice? Today we are doing exactly that and telling you which celebrity poetry books are worth the read.

Violet bent backwards over the grass – Lana Del Rey

From her music videos, song melodies to lyrics, Lana Del Rey is through and through a poet at heart. Those who have listened to her music for a long time can attest to the fact that it was only a matter of before Lana wrote a poetry book. It is because, the allusions she makes in her lyrics paired with her decorative use of language is something the poets usually do. Therefore, when the pandemic hit, Lana surprised her fans with a poetry collection.

“The poems 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

Lana’s poetry book is named after the very first poem she wrote for the collection. Hence the name “Violet bent backwards over the grass”. Her love for LA penetrates her poetry and gives it a distinctively American voice like Whitman’s poetry. Moreover, Lana Del Rey, just like the queen of poetry Sylvia Plath uses poetic devices like assonance and dense imagery to make the poems not only sound beautiful but also packed with emotions and vulnerability. In conclusion, we mean to say that this poetry collection is a perfect read especially for the summer times.

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Lana Del Rey with her debut poetry collection

Useless Magic – Florence Welch

Did you know that your favourite indie rock singer Florence Welch is also a talented poetess? Useless Magic is a phenomenal collection poems, lyrics and illustrations that capture the essence of being young and messy. On top of that, it a treat for Londoners as it talks candidly about the London life. Moreover, mused by mythology, art and literature itself, Florence’s imagery and allusions transport one to a land where sadness, grief and unspoken thoughts become breathing entities.

“Songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don’t know what I’m trying to say till years later. Or a prediction comes true and I couldn’t do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.” — Florence Welch 

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Swimming Lessons – Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart is an actress and a mental health advocate, who gained fame after her Netflix show “River dale”. Given the mixed response on the netflix show, coming out with a poetry book is a brave move for Lili. In this short “Insta-poetry” looking collection, Lily covers a lot of ground in terms of the objectives of her poetry. From young love to battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and inevitable heartbreak – Lily writes about it all. While the poems are bite sized and deliver the topics they promised, they still do not come at par with Lana and Florence’s precision. However, this gives rise to another debate that “All art and literature really is subjective”. Therefore, as long as people love reading it, it is good poetry.

“Take care of the people
you love
without expecting
a reward
for being a giving and
caring person.
Otherwise you will end
up living in your big,
beautiful house
Unknowingly homeless.”
Lili Reinhart

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We hope you enjoyed our picks of celebrity poetry books. Let us know which of these you are most interested to read. For more literary goodness, stay tuned!

Noor Hashmi
Noor Hashmi is a student of literature at Numl University. She is an aspiring poetess. She runs a blog by the name of “Diaries of Huda” sharing her journey through poetry. In her free time, she loves to paint and bake.

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