What to do when "influenced by" looks a lot like "written by"?
March 26, 2013 1:28 PM Subscribe
I'm part of a tight-knit community of spoken word poets. A few months ago, a new poet started showing up and reading truly breathtaking poetry. Yay! Recently, a lot of it is sounding suspiciously familiar. Yikes. What to do?
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This poet is very young and a wonderful performer, and seems to have gained quite a large internet fanbase. Each time I hear her read, at least one or two lines sets off an alarm bell in my head, making me think "I've heard that before."
Now, obviously poetry has common themes, everyone talks about their love being like an ocean and soulmates like a boat, blah blah blah. But I'm talking about exact lines pulled from other poems, books I've read before, etc. A lot of them are coming from Dear Sugar's
She regularly competes in poetry slams and has told me that she intends to put out (and sell) a book in the near future. Is this something I need to confront her about? What's the best way to do so?