Can song lyrics be poetry? Curated by Jonathan Day in association with BirTH, the Transmedia Research Hub (part of Birmingham City University) and the Wenlock Poetry Festival, this collection argues that, yes, it can.

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There is a thread in contemporary writing on poetry that argues for a hard delineation between poetry and songwriting. The arguments revolve in the main around the tension between the poem as read on the page and the lyric as sung. 

LYRIC is a new collection bringing together works by songwriters from Snow Patrol, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Jake Bugg, Nizlopi, James Bay, Cliff Richards, Gentle Giant and many others, all presented as poetry in black on white. In his introductory essay Jonathan Day, Professor of Transmedia Arts and critically acclaimed songwriter, examines poetry and song from a number of cultures and, through reference to some of the greatest writers in the canon, argues for the central significance of sound in poetry on the page as well as in song. 

LYRIC is an essential read for anyone interested in the (song)writers craft and this developing debate.

Jonathan Day is a critically acclaimed musician, writer and image maker who performs and exhibits internationally. His releases include Postcards from the Road (University of Chicago), Atlantic Drifter (Proper Records), The Politics of Navigation (VDM), Carved in Bone (Proper Records) and The Stain of Time (Aalto University). His work has been called “Seductive, complex and poetic” ARTnews magazine, New York; “Captivating and beautiful… reminds us how fascinating it can be to view the world from an outsider’s perspective” iQ magazine; “Expansive, intelligent and eloquent” South China Morning Post; “Breathtakingly beautiful” Folk Radio UK; “Visionary” fRoots magazine; “a voice like Scott Walker and Jim Morrison – dark as chocolate on a still night” Stirrings magazine; and “Stunning” Bob Harris, BBC.

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