Breaking Bad has a Walt Whitman addiction.

What Is PopPoetry?

PopPoetry is a place for anyone interested in pop culture, writing, and the creative life. My mission is to bring poetry out of the ivory tower and into your living rooms and your hearts. I study the intersection of poetry and poets with pop culture, including TV, film, music, and more with a scholar’s eye and a comedian’s sense of humor to see what they can tell us about creativity, art, and ourselves. Here are some of the kinds of posts you can expect to read:

  • Explainers about poets and poems referenced in pop culture

  • Poets Watching TV: learn to watch TV like a writer and engage with writing prompts to glean surprising insights into the creative life

  • Analyses of poetry tropes and stereotypes in pop culture

  • Poets Go Pop: Interviews with poets whose work engages pop culture elements or who have had their work appear in TV shows, films, songs, and more

  • All That Glitters: (Re)appraisals of musicians, actors, and other culture-makers who have written and/or published poetry.

  • …and more!


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Who Are You?

PopPoetry is written and curated by me, Caitlin Cowan. I’m a working poet and writer living on the west coast of Michigan.


I have a Ph.D. in English, a background in journalism, and a tendency to take pop culture just as seriously as academic subjects. But don’t let the degree freak you out: I’m all about democratizing and demystifying the realm of poetry to show that it’s an art form for everyone. You can learn more about my work here.

Why Read PopPoetry?

My readers respond to the high-quality content I offer on creativity, pop culture, and poetry’s weird little place in the world.

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—Cole Noble, Writer

In recent years, we’ve seen poetry emerge as an increasingly accessible art form: Beyoncé and her cold glass of Lemonade helped Warsan Shire sell out on Amazon. Maggie Smith’s poem, “Good Bones” went viral and ended up in an episode of Madam Secretary. Walter White was treated to some choice Walt Whitman on more than one occasion. I write about the intersections of poetry and popular culture because I’m interested in what they tell us about art, entertainment, and ourselves.

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Pop culture meets poetry: explainers, author interviews, book reviews, & exercises for the creative mind and writers of all kinds. Written weekly by Caitlin Cowan.


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