The Magic Border: Poetry and Fragments from My Soft Mace

The Magic Border: Poetry and Fragments from My Soft Mace

The debut poetry collection from award-winning musician and poet Arlo Parks, presented alongside new song lyrics and exclusive photography.

Author: Arlo Parks


Publisher: Fourth Estate

‘Poetry was my place, my little clearing in the forest, where I could quietly put everything I was holding. I’m not sure what gave me the courage to open up that space to you, but here I am, doing it.’

The Magic Border presents the poetry of Grammy-nominated, Mercury Prize-winning artist Arlo Parks for the very first time. Featuring twenty original poems, alongside the complete lyrics from the 2023 album My Soft Machine and exclusive new photographs by Daniyel Lowden, this vital collection explores the queer experience, blackness, grief, trauma and love through the eyes of the remarkabletwenty-two year old musician.

This beautifully designed book will allow readers intimate insight into the sublime work of the artist whose fans and frequent collaborators include Billie Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, Michelle Obama, Zadie Smith, Ocean Vuong, Michaela Coel, Dua Lipa and Harry Styles. Perfect for fans of Arlo Parks and readers of Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Florence Welch’s Useless Magic.

About the author

Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, known professionally as Arlo Parks, is an English singer and songwriter. Her debut studio album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, was released in 2021 to critical acclaim and peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart.

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