fair enough.[...] What I'm missing from your analysis is the perspective of Martin himself--or perhaps the perspective of Ecco. I would like to see all sides presented objectively, [...]
Here's what John Martin has written to me about the case back in 2011, when I've asked him.
(I don't quote the entire thing, but these are the main points.)
There's a short article by me on the subject in German language HERE. Maybe an English translation will follow if there's any demand." [...] nothing was ever published, prior to Hank's death, without his approval. And that the final poems in the last Black Sparrow books, and in the subsequent Ecco Press books, had all been edited by me, and approved by Hank, prior to his death.
[...] There are certainly typescript drafts of many of these poems still floating around. If these early drafts differ from later published versions, so be it. That is the natural result of the process I have explained above.
[...] Frankly I cannot see that there is any controversy here. I should add that the usual author/editor relationship is a private COLLABORATION. It involves a continual back-and-forth discussion between the author and the editor. [...] I would also like to add that the author/editor relationship is both private and personal, and is not usually shared with curious third parties. [...] "
Today's Mr. Martin's birthday.
I'll drink to it tonight.