Apology Letters

   Apology For Stealing Poem

Dear {Name},

Your poetry is amazing. I've admired your work for many years and consider myself one of your biggest fans.

Stupidly, I claimed credit for your words in a recent {publication/poetry slam}. I incorporated lines from {poem} into something I'd written.

Of course, I was immediately called out by someone familiar with your writing—and rightly so. I'm embarrassed and ashamed.

I've given a good deal of thought (and tears) to why I plagiarized your poem. I think what happened was that your words spoke so deeply to my heart that somehow I conflated your poem with my own experience. This is no excuse, just a bit of an explanation.

Stealing your poem was wrong, disrespectful, and illegal. I hope you can forgive me. I won't forgive myself.



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