Very hip. April is National Poetry Month (since 1996), and it is truly becoming hip for all ages. If you don't think poetry is for you, think of your favorite song ~ rock, pop, opera, whatever. The words to your favorite song are a poem set to music. Lyrics are poetry. Poetry can pierce some people to the core. Poetry can make you breathe deeper, cry, laugh or just remember that you are a human being capable of feeling emotion, unlike the rock you may be sitting on. When times get tough, the right poem can be transformative.
Do you love poetry? Or, don't you give it much thought? For me, poems are an expression of a highly concentrated personal experience ~ all of the fluffy, meaningless words are gone, and you are left with the distilled essence of something profoundly meaningful, even if it's humorous, sad, or just an observation of your surroundings.
I adore poetry. I bought the CD Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music, last year and loved it so much I bought a copy for my twin sister and gave it to her for her (our) birthday. I keep it in my car and listen to it ad infinitum. It's wonderful. Get yourself a copy, and buy a copy for those you love. Michael Caine's rendition of "The Bleedin' Sparrer" will have you laughing out loud. The best British voices narrate this terrific anthology of poetry spanning the "seven ages" (think of the oft quoted section of Shakespeare's "As You Like It").
IF YOU WANT TO WRITE POETRY, or if you want to celebrate National Poetry Month, The New York Times offers 11 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month. Have fun!