What Is PopPoetry?

  • Explainers about poets and poems referenced in pop culture

  • Poets Watching TV: a semi-regular feature about how to watch TV like a writer would in order 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

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

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 PhD in English, a background in journalism, and a tendency to take pop culture just as seriously as academic subjects.

Why Read PopPoetry?

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 want to talk about all of these intersections and more because I'm interested in what they tell us about art, entertainment, and ourselves.

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Have an idea for a post or want an explainer on a poetry reference in a movie, TV show, or elsewhere in the pop culture ether? Drop me a line at caitcowan@gmail.com and use “PopPoetry Idea” in your subject line. I consume a lot of media, but having your eyes and ears will be a big help (and a wonderful collaboration).

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