I am at the library studying and the topic is plagiarism and it made me think of all my poetry I have written.
What if someone steals it and claims it’s their own. We all know what happened last month. I kind of want to remove them from the site, but I know that’s a bit much. I just don’t like the idea of my work being so out there and someone copying them. I get it people borrow from people all the time and no idea is truly original at this point, but it just makes me nervous.
I was talking to my friend Dani about this and she pointed that some of my phrases that I use in my poetry are very generic at times (she said “the sky is grey” is always used to describe something dreary and winter related ( -_-) I was a tad offended because I work hard on my poems and she was like, “Yeah nah thats generic”, anywho I am rambling) and maybe a person isn’t necessarily plagiarizing. I don’t know, when I see a phrase that reminds me of something I’ve written on another blog I get nervous.
Hell could I be plagiarizing and not know it? Can the words of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Anne Waldman, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou be imprinted in my brain and when I write a poem I am channeling my inner badass poet?
Has anyone felt like this before?