Monday, January 23, 2012

Every Dante Needs a Virgil

In today's Telegraph, an article by Sameer Rahim investigates the tradition of the poet-editor.  In addition to addressing the professional dynamics & literary-historical ramifications of the practice, Rahim questions the tensions between poet-editor collaborations and myths of the lyric: "Often seen as the most personal and mysterious of literary forms--and therefore least likely to be guided by an outside hand--poetry is, in fact, strikingly indebted to invisible creators."