I think reading of any kind, poetry or otherwise, becomes much easier when you abandon any interest in “catching up” or mastering anyone’s version of the canon. I am a complete literary dilettante myself. One of the reasons why it’s fun to read contemporary literature is that, despite the best efforts of self-important critics, it’s not possible to canonize it yet, so you get to make your own discoveries of amazing writers no one else seems aware of — and then of course shout their names from the virtual rooftops.