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Don PatersonContemporary Critical Essays$
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Natalie Pollard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748669417

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669417.001.0001

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The Publishing of Poetry

The Publishing of Poetry

(p.145) 10 The Publishing of Poetry
Don Paterson

Don Paterson

Matthew Sperling

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents an interview with Paterson, focusing on the contemporary British poetry scene. Paterson responds to questions such as the story behind his association with Picador, where he has been Poetry Editor since 1997; the typical manner in which a new poet comes across his radar; how the complexion of the Picador list has changed in the fifteen years that it has been running; how the pressures of market viability affects him as an editor; his claim that ‘overpublication as a serious problem, as it just makes the good stuff all the harder for the casual or innocent reader to get to’; and whether poetry is still resistant to digitisation.

Keywords:   Don Paterson, contemporary British poetry, British poets, interviews, digitisation

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