First, love what you love and don’t feel intimidated about the rest. If you like only one poem in a book, that’s fine—savour it. Maybe pin it on your fridge—something you can’t do with a novel! Or copy it into a notebook.
Fiction can provide escape. But poetry doesn’t. It’s less like watching a movie and more like looking at a painting, or under the surface of a lake, or through a prism or a highly polished lens. Turn to poetry for this.
Try reading just one poem, or a few, at a time. Try reading out loud to enjoy the sound and feel the beat.
Look for anthologies in bookstores, libraries or online. Some of them cover specific topics, such as poems about sports or dogs or parenthood, or poems by new young writers. The list goes on. If you like some of the poets in an anthology and want to find their books, interlibrary loans can be your friend.