What Is PopPoetry?
Weekly posts for anyone interested in 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.
Poets Watching TV: learn to watch TV like a writer and engage with writing prompts 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 TV shows, films, songs, and more
Explainers about poets and poems referenced in pop culture
All That Glitters: (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 Ph.D. in English, a background in journalism, and a tendency to take pop culture just as seriously as academic subjects. You can learn more about my work here.
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 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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