Famous Canadian Poet Laureate Accured Of Stealing Tupac's Poetry

Dr. Maya Angelou

Pierre DesRuisseaux served as Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2011. DesRuisseaux's poem is pretty much identical, with little to no variation.

The familiar verses didn't end there, though.

Diligent 2Pac fans should notice an uncanny resemblance to the rapper's own verse in "Sometimes I Cry".

Ira Lightman blasted Des Ruisseaux - who died in 2016 - for lifting the poems without credit and simply translating them into French.

The tears I cry are bitter and burning. "Sometimes when I'm alone I cry / Because I'm alone / The tears I cry are bitter and burning/They flow with life, they do not need reason", the 2013 poem reads.

DesRuisseaux passed away in January of previous year, and Lightman said he didn't go public with his findings immediately as a sign of respect for the poet's grieving family.

Other poets who were jacked include Maya Angelou Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas.

The second to last work left by the poet, who died in January of 2016, was a collection of poems called "Tranches de vie" (Slices of life), but it seems a lot of them are nearly direct translations of well known works by English writers ranging from Dylan Thomas, to Tupac Shakur.

The book's Montreal-based publisher Éditions du Noroît has yet to comment on the accusations, though it did comply with Lightman's requests to provide him with a full copy of the poetry collection.



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