If you want simple answers, poetry is not the place to look. If you like your language literal, poetry is not the place to look. If you like all your time to be productive, you may as well skip poetry. But if you want to be more present in the world and your body, if you want to rediscover your inner life, if you want to enjoy being alone or explore feelings our culture doesn't support, you may need poetry. If you are suffering from regret, unrelenting grief, love that threatens to crack you in two, you may need poetry. If you just want to remember why you are here on earth, rather than spending all the minutes of your day making money, cleaning, emailing, resenting your spouse, you absolutely need poetry, or art of some kind. Also, some folks wonder, what the hell IS poetry? And what is good poetry? Is poetry any nonsensical drivel you write down on a page and break-up into lines? (No, I'd answer.) There are even prose poems, and they don't have to be lineated, so really, WTF is poetry?