I wanted to speak a few words on plagiarism. Before I go on, it’s not in my nature to judge an individual based on a single action and so that’s not my intention today. I am only expressing how this specific action of @annijor has left me feeling. She’s clearly otherwise a warm and talented person.
Annijor plagiarized a poem of mine in her reputedly successful book “Bare En Natt Til”. I’ve included her version in the second slide of my post so you are able to make up your minds for yourselves.
When I raised this with Annijor
her first response was that she was only inspired by the piece. Now there is nothing at all wrong with finding inspiration in other writers.
Imitating an artist’s voice as you develop a unique one of your own is an important step in how all beautiful art is made. But that is not the same thing as lifting another’s work nearly word for word.
Another response from Annijor was that she found the original on IG and didn’t know who the writer was. I’m unbelievably fortunate in that I now have you all to support and encourage me, but I remember well what it’s like to be a struggling creative, the thought that this piece could have originally belonged to an aspiring artist only to then be released in a book and sold appals me.
But personally, the most disappointing thing to me is the sentiment. I still remember the time and place I wrote this piece, how I was feeling, who it was for. I can’t say how meaningful it was to me. And while I never expected to feel so strongly about this - the thought that it’s out there in someone else’s
book, signed off as “-Me.” has left a sick feeling in my stomach.
When confronted by this, Annijor’s only concerns were whether I’d respond to the newspapers and to contact her lawyer who then threatened me with an accusation of extortion. The truth is, I wanted to give her room to do the right thing before responding to the journalist because it seemed we shared some mutual friends.
If you think I’m wrong on this please do let me know. Appreciate you all endlessly. I don’t like to air my frustrations with you, but today I’m disappointed. x. Love Beau