sweet irony!

A Pushcart-Nominated Poet Got a Tattoo of Words She Plagiarized From Another Poet

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The poet Ailey O’Toole
inscribed words on her skin
“Ramshackle girl spitting teeth in the sink”
an image taken
from another
her flesh becomes plagiarism
her story hung on a stranger’s bones

Jezebel reports:
O’Toole nominated for Pushcart Prize
but her next book, cancelled
the words hang unspoken
dead language on a stolen tongue
a hungry mouth, sharp teeth
(another word-picture
allegedly plagiarized)

Plagiarism Drama Surrounds Pushcart-Nominated Poet