Plagiarizing Maya Angelou: Height of flattery (or gall)?

“The poet Ira Lightman stared at his laptop screen in disbelief. Could it be true?… He’d just made a routine visit to the Facebook group Plagiarism Alerts. There, a woman named Kathy Figueroa had posted something extraordinary: ‘It appears that one of Canada’s former poet laureates has plagiarised a poem by Maya Angelou’…

“How likely was it that a poet laureate would steal anything at all, let alone a keystone work by a modern legend? How could he think he’d get away with that?…”

— From ” ‘Plagiarists never do it once’: meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats” by Will Storr in The Guardian (Sept. 9)

 

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