Wednesday, 1 February 2012

If One Poet Edits Another, Whose Poem is It?

A piece on the "unseen hands" behind poetry publishing. One of the many money quotes:
“We have great old scraps,” says Robertson [of editor Don Paterson], who, in turn, runs the poetry list at Jonathan Cape and edits John Burnside (this year’s TS Eliot and Forward Prize winner). “He makes some very good suggestions, about 50 per cent of which I accept. He takes the same position I do: if the writer wants to make a mistake badly enough he should be allowed to make it.”

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