This is a sad day for me: the first time I’ve had to report a plagiarist to the Twitter poetry community. It is made particularly sad by the fact that the plagiarist in question appears to have written some really good poems which may be her own original work — but we now have no way to know which ones are really her own work, and which she lifted from other sources without attribution.
My first thought when I saw this post was that she had simply run out of space in the 140-character limit on Twitter to cite the origin of those lines as Lord Byron’s poem “She Walks In Beauty”, so I replied with the suggestion that she should do so, and toddled off to work. Unfortunately, I returned to find that instead of replying with an “oops” and a citation, @luzbell913 had blocked me – apparently the act of someone who doesn’t understand Twitter and wanted to frustrate any follow-up. Naturally, this drew my attention, so I researched her recent posts. Among the last 7 tweets from her account up through this morning (9/13/2017), I found that none of them were attributed — although 2 were so widely posted without attribution that it would not be fair to fault her for those cases — and all 7 proved to be either verbatim quotes or rearrangements of words from known sources or widely posted on the internet.
Since I can’t find the original author for 1 of the 7, I’ll allow that it’s possible @luzbell913 herself created it some years ago and only just now got around to tweeting it; that case contained a verbatim quote of a widely posted picture quotation, “I miss your smile your touch, your voice, your hug…everything” which may have been written by Valerie Munster or may simply have been posted or first “liked” by her on one particular site. The other commonly-unattributed quotation was simply “Carpe Diem”, which is so hoary we can assume that anyone reading it will realize it is a quote. The other 5 out of 7, however, were very clearly either deliberate plagiarism or so complete an ignorance of the etiquette of quotation at to be utterly incredible in someone who claims to be an aspiring writer.
I rather suspect that when she realizes she’s been caught these particular posts will disappear, so I have taken snapshots of each of them to offer as permanent evidence at the end of this page. Here are the links to each of the 5 posts, the first line or two of its content, and a link leading you to the information on the original author whose work she failed to credit.
- “She walks in beauty like the night” (unattributed quote 9/12)
- “The love is danger love is pleasure love is pure…” (unattributed rearrangement 9/9)
- “What Se [sic] find in a soulmate is not something wild to…” (unattributed quote 9/7)
- “I love you for all that you are” (unattributed quote 9/3)
- “To love is to burn” (unattributed quote 8/27)
All snapshots below are from @luzbell913‘s Twitter posts.