You, too, can earn $70,000 a year--even $100,000 a year or more--while writing poetry. And I'm going to tell you how.
Step one: Earn $100,000.
Step two: Write poems.
You didn't actually think I was going to tell you how to get someone to pay you tens of thousands of dollars for your poems, did you? Oh, sure. It's been done. And it will be done again. But not by you. Or me.
And that's nobody's fault. Your parents know it's true. They've told you many times. Even you know it's true. You just don't like it.
Here's an exercise for you. Watch Werner Herzog's movie, "Aguirre: The Wrath of God." Spoiler alert: Aguirre is committed to his vision (in his case, finding untold riches in the New World). He believes in himself. He is willing to sacrifice all he has for his vision. And he ends up destroyed and alone, babbling to monkeys.
Seriously. You're not doing this for the money. This is one of those things that you just have to do. But it doesn't follow that you have to starve for your art.
Find a way to make a living. Make sure it's one that leaves you with enough energy (physical and mental) to create your art. Then create! And be grateful.