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Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey has announced the release of her upcoming poetry book, I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry by Halsey.

Known for her poetic lyrics and powerful speeches, the poems are set to reference love, longing and the nuances of bipolar disorder. The official description of the book describes the release as an exploration of the “highs and lows of doomed relationships, family ties, sexuality, and mental illness. More hand grenades than confessions, these autobiographical poems explore and dismantle conventional notions of what it means to be a feminist in search of power.”

The singer took to her social media platforms to announce the release, sharing the title and cover art. The cover art was painted by Halsey herself, with the artwork titled American Woman. Fans of the artist are well aware of Halsey's ability to paint, having only last year debuted her hit single Graveyard via a live-stream in which the singer painted the cover art for her album, Manic.

In her post, Halsey said of the release “I wrote a few thousand sentences but am somehow struggling to string together a single one to summarize how excited I am about this. “I Would Leave Me If I Could.”, my first collection of poetry”.

While no Australian distributor has been announced, the hardcover book is slated for a November 10 release, with pre-orders now available in the United States through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster and Indiebound.

The singer last played to Aussie fans this past December and January, headlining Falls Festival, prior to the release of her Platinum selling album, Manic. The record peaked at number 2 on the ARIA official album charts. The singer kicked off her Manic World Tour in February this year in Europe. The remainder of the tour has now been postponed until June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no Australian dates had been announced, the singer teased Aussie tour dates while in the country for Falls Festival.


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