Strive to find poets who are living, breathing writers. After all, they are able to answer your questions about particular poems and inspiration. Also, poets never get rich writing poetry and seek only to share their vision and artistry through words. Definitely find a way to write to your favorite living poets, after all, they can respond to questions you may have about a poem, their lives, and their inspiration.
The list of living poets could go on for pages, but here are a few of my favorites: Lucille Clifton, Tony Hoagland, Li Young Li, and Lola Haskins.