Zack Lesmeister – “Tongue Twister” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“My grandmother taught me tongue twisters so I remember where I come from, but I want to carry our history without carrying our trauma.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Zack Lesmeister, performing at Button Poetry Live.

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Jaylene Clark Owens – “My Voice, My Choice”

2018 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“This face is Black 24/7, I can’t turn it on and off based on time and place.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem by Jaylene Clark Owens, RUNNER-UP in the 2018 Button Poetry Video Contest!

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Crystal Valentine – “Black Privilege” (1M Views!)

“Black privilege is me having already memorized my nephew’s eulogy. My brother’s eulogy. My father’s eulogy. My unconceived child’s eulogy.”

Congratulations to Crystal Valentine on topping 1,000,000 views on this powerful poem! Watch more videos from Crystal here and here!



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Tabatha Perez & Eliza Hope Duran – “Sirens”

Performing at the 2018 Get Lit Classic Slam.

“Our parents, like the Cyclops, indulged in fermented fruit. It doesn’t matter how thick blood is when alcohol is a blood thinner.”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem from Tabatha Perez & Eliza Hope Duran, performing during the 2018 Get Lit Words Ignite Classic Slam, the largest youth poetry tournament in Southern California. Order Get Lit Rising today at simonandschuster.com, and join the #LiteraryRiot at getlit.org.

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Best of Button Week 202

“I wrote you too many poems in a language I did not yet know how to speak.”
Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Andrea Gibson, Melinda Hernandez, & Francis Rundle! Congrats poets!
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Arvind Nandakumar – “That’s Just Your Autism Speaking” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“It’s puzzling, isn’t it? To be a collector’s item for social justice, a demon child in some parts of your own country, a Nobel Prize in retrospect, and a nuisance to everyone else.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Arvind Nandakumar, featuring at Button Poetry Live.

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Desireé Dallagiacomo – “I Forgive You”


Featuring at Icehouse.

“I forgive you, self, for all the years I could not love you.”

Don’t miss this awe-inspiring poem from Desireé Dallagiacomo, featuring at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN.

Desireé’s forthcoming book, SINK, dropping spring 2019, is now available for pre-order!


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