People want the emotion that comes from slam and spoken word.
(Slam is just endless catharsis.)
Poetry by famous people who already have a fan base.
The kind that are on T-shirts.
The modern poets that make the bucks seem to resonate with the Average Joe.
(Billy Collins / Robert M. Drake)
Sentimental-lyric free verse.
(Top hits on social media sites,
top sales in popular book markets,
top application in things like cards,
mementos, signs, etc.)
Blunt simplicity is the new wave in popularity
Well regarded journals that pay
(The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, etc)
seem to favor abstract concepts.