The Nacreous Oughts

15 March 2004

Graywyvern attempts to obfuscate the issue by bringing in the case of C. G. Gibson in Landfall. Apparently he is ignorant of the Pacific tradition of the 'Parrot-Answer Poem' (which you may find among the works of Ono no Komachi, among others), where a rival's poem is quoted VERBATIM--with the exception of ONE WORD (occasionally, two)--this change being all the skillful perverter needs to make a complete refutation. And that, I think, was what C. G. Gibson was doing there.

NOT plagiarism.

And for that matter, Gibson exists. I have met his daughter, who tends bar in Christchurch.

K. S.

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