Arlo Parks announces debut book ‘The Magic Border’

Arlo Parks has announced her debut poetry collection, The Magic Border: Poetry and Fragments From My Soft Machine, featuring 20 new poems and the lyrics to her latest album.

Arlo Parks

Arriving 12 September via HarperCollins and its imprints 4th Estate and Dey Street Books, it will also feature intimate images from Parks’ collaborator and photographer Daniyel Lowden.

News of its arrival comes just a matter of weeks after the release of the Mercury Prize winner’s sophomore album, My Soft Machine.

To announce the release of her debut book, Parks has delivered a poetically on-brand message about what writing and poetry means to her, describing: “Writing poetry, to me, is about profound interiority.

Arlo Parks

Photo: Vince Aung

“It is about wading into the saltwater of your own body, capillaries bursting, eyes brimming, unmoored. This collection is the fruit of that inner probing. It is a tangled mass of everything that has made me angry or giddy or low or impossibly happy to be alive.”

Have a watch of the full reading below.

Fans can pre-order the book from various outlets – visit the artist’s site for more details on how to purchase.

In our three-star review of Parks’ latest album, whynow wrote: “The title is perfect. My Soft Machine is tender yet electronic, robotic even, with most songs following the same formula and scattering different soft emotions throughout. 

“At her best on [the track] ‘Devotion’ when she tries something new sonically, and something less lyrically, I’m left wanting more of that. Maybe the third album from Arlo Parks will provide just that.”

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