Arlo Parks

The Magic Border: Limited Hardback Book


Release Date: 14 September, 2023

‘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
is the debut book from Mercury Prize-winning musician and poet Arlo Parks, combining never-before-seen poetry, song lyrics and beautiful, intimate images from collaborator, photographer Daniyel Lowden.

Featuring twenty original poems, alongside an exclusive artist’s statement and the complete lyrics from her sophomore album My Soft Machine, this vital collection explores the queer experience, blackness, grief, trauma and love through the eyes of the remarkable young musician.

The Magic Border allows readers rare insight into her creative process and beautifully showcases the full breadth of Arlo’s singular artistry.

‘The most tender and tactile collection. Arlo Parks writes poetry you can taste … An embrace of a book’ - Florence Welch

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

• Her fans and collaborators include Billie Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, Michelle Obama, Zadie Smith, Ocean Vuong, Michaela Coel, Dua Lipa, and Harry Styles.

• For fans of Arlo Parks and readers of Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Florence Welch’s Useless Magic.

Publication will coincide with London shows for the album My Soft Machine