I love poetry, but I hate the pretention that often accompanies it. To me, good poetry should be recognizable even if you know nothing about poetic form. The work of most of my favorite writers is simple and uncomplicated, and most importantly, accessible. To read them, you feel like they’ve said something that’s been on your mind, only better.
Billy Collins is the reason that I ever started writing. He exemplifies the fact that good writing doesn’t have to be complicated in order to be poignant.
source: Poetry Foundation