This Week in Poetry: 001

Time to start a new feature. I’m not sure if this will stick or not, but it seems such a no-brainer that I should share links to poetry news I come across during the week. If this is interesting or helpful, let me know, and I’ll keep getting them together. Have a great weekend!

The National Book Foundation announced the 2013 longlist for the National Book Award in Poetry. (National Book Federation)

Popular Brisbane poet Graham Nunn (aka “Mr. Poetry) has come under fire for plagiarizing the work of other poets. While Nunn denies the claims, he has admitted to “creatively appropriating” without credit the text of other poets, which sounds dubious at best. (

Husband and wife team of Jared White and Farrah Field have opened a poetry-only bookstore in Brooklyn called Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Book Shop. (Publishers Weekly)


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor for the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and the author of Solving the World’s Problems. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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5 thoughts on “This Week in Poetry: 001

  1. Cin5456

    This is something I worry about every time I post something. There is no way to know if someone is appropriating your ideas, except coincidentally coming across one. Considering the scope of literary sites across the world, the odds of discovering you’ve been plagiarized are low. That is worrisome. Suppose one is accused of being the copier? That is why I always keep a hand written copy, and I don’t re-save an original. At least the date of the file should be some evidence of originality.

  2. Bruce Niedt

    I find the second item particularly interesting, Robert, because several years ago I was tipped off to a poet who had posted some poems online that were uncannily like mine – they were mine, in fact, with just a few words changed. I complained to the web administrator who didn’t reply, but the poems soon disappeared from the site. I can’t remember the online name of the poet, but I believe he was from Australia. I wonder if it was this same guy.


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