"Crow Horse Thief" by Jacob Miller‘Plagiarist’ by Herb Guggenheim The Society July 2, 2018 Culture, Poetry 13 Comments You pushed Grace hard so you could have your book. She did the layout, made the pdf. I bought the thing so I could take a look but, when I read it, I found blatant theft. You’d stolen poems from anthologies of poets who had won the Nobel Prize. You plagiarized without apologies. And, while some maintain you didn’t realize presenting work you didn’t write as yours is theft, I say you knew it all along. You stole whole poems—not just metaphors— and came to writing groups in order to belong to something that would mask your emptiness, conceal your heart and innermost distress. Herb Guggenheim was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is the author of two books of poetry Sunset at the Hotel Mira Mar (Infinity Publishing, 2011) and Strange Encounter at the Shakespeare Motel (Finishing Line Press, 2017). His poems have appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Quarterly, The Florida Review, and many other magazines both on- and offline. He’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Award. Last year, his poem “Poet” placed fifth in the rhymed poetry category of the Writer’s Digest annual writing competition. It appears in the spring 2018 issue of The Road Not Taken: The Journal of Formal Poetry. His novel Violations of Causality was a finalist in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year competition. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 13 Responses James Sale July 2, 2018 Wow – love it – savage, truthful and beautifully written. Well done Herb, really fine writing Reply Herb Guggenheim July 4, 2018 Thanks, James. Your comments have made my day! Reply Leo Yankevich July 2, 2018 Thank you for this well-made poem, Herb. I love the first line. Reply Herb Guggenheim July 4, 2018 Thanks, Leo. Saying my poem is well-made is a big compliment. Reply E. V. July 2, 2018 To have one’s work plagiarized is a writer’s nightmare; to be properly cited is a compliment. Thank you for sharing the poem. Reply Herb Guggenheim July 4, 2018 I agree! Reply Leo Yankevich July 2, 2018 There’s also the old adage: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Reply Herb Guggenheim July 4, 2018 Imitation yes; plagiarism no. Reply James A. Tweedie July 2, 2018 There is also the old adage, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Reply James A. Tweedie July 2, 2018 Sorry, couldn’t resist. By the way, a well-constructed poem. As a bonus, I always enjoy a verse that tells a story. Reply Herb Guggenheim July 4, 2018 Ha! Reply David Watt July 3, 2018 Plagiarism is not often chosen as a theme for poetry, and this makes ‘Plagiarist’ stand out. However, even without the benefit of distinctive theme, the composition is a ‘stand out.’ Reply Herb Guggenheim July 4, 2018 Thank you! Reply Leave a Reply to James Sale Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.