Wow, what a question. I think poetry is needed more and more in today's society. We need that voice that creates insights, depth of thinking, wonderment of word arrangement and rhythmic flow of expression and the fun for all factor.
Poetry give us all the chance to reflect and take a breath in today's hectic paced lifestyle or indeed the pain of living in recessionary times and maybe just sit back and enjoy a few moment's reading or laugh at the poet's playfulness with words.
I'm about to put myself out there in way I've never tried before, to try and capture an audience, an interaction that links us in many ways.
My tongue-in-cheek approach will, hopefully, defer any fearful expectations of 'highbrow' approach and will hopefully show that poetry performance has a certain credibility in today's fast moving world or indeed painful world.
Thanks for the question.