Read this: Nurturing the Omnivore: Approaches to Teaching Poetry(Well said: No matter what you teach—literature, creative writing, drama, or history—poetry offers students pleasurable apprenticeships on their way to becoming powerful readers of all genres. In brief periods of our precious class time, we can delight our students while building cultural literacy, teaching them to use their own voices as interpretive instruments, modeling close-reading skills, and asking them to become the closest readers of all: the performers of text. In our classrooms, students who could be moved by each of these approaches sit, waiting for the rebirth of wonder. )
These years I have tried to approach a wider readership through Poetry Alive event which integrate poetry reading/experience with computer arts/audience participation. I hope more and more people continue working on this.