Best of Button Week 122

“How do you raise a Black child? From the dead. With pallbearers who are half as young as their faces suggest and twice the oxen they should be.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Cortney Lamar Charleston, Meghann Plunkett & Alysia Harris. Congratulations poets!

While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our new book from
Donte Collins!

Crystal Valentine & Aaliyah Jihad – “Hide Your Shea Butter” (250K Views!)

“It’s not just that you take what we create, it’s that it always gets
lost in translation.”

Congratulations to Crystal & Aaliyah on topping 250,000 views on this marvelous poem. Watch more from Crystal and Aaliyah here.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, and Aaron Coleman!

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Bitches” (250K Views!)

“The women in my family are bitches. Cranky bitches, stuck-up bitches, customer-service-turned-sour bitches.”

Congratulations to Melissa on topping 250,000 views on this magnificent poem. Pre-order your copy of Melissa’s book, Peluda, coming soon from Button Poetry.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, and Aaron Coleman!

Best of Button Week 120

“I wonder, often, if the gun that will unmake me is yet made.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Donte Collins & Andrea Gibson. Congratulations poets!

Don’t miss out on Donte’s brilliant new book, AUTOPSY.

While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our other books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our new book from Sabrina Benaim!

Patrick Roche – “Siri: A Coping Mechanism” (500K Views!)

“Opening voicemails. He does not tell anyone he still has ones from his dead father. He will not delete them. He will not delete dead grandparents’ contact information. He will not delete anything.”

Congratulations to Patrick on topping 500,000 views on this amazing poem. Watch more from Patrick here and here.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, and Aaron Coleman!

Terisa Siagatonu – “Note to Self” (250K Views)

“At least her words will feel like a mirror critiquing its own reflection, the kind of hate that makes you feel more at home and less like the floorboards.”

Congratulations to Terisa on topping 250,000 views on this magnificent poem. Watch more from Terisa here and here.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, and Aaron Coleman!

Best of Button Week 119

“I try to come up with more poetic sounding ways to say I feel too big.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Talicha Johnson & Meta Sarmiento. Congratulations poets!

While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our new book from Donte Collins!

Rudy Francisco – “My Honest Poem” (250K Views!)

“My hobbies include editing my life story, hiding behind metaphors, and trying to convince my shadow that I’m someone worth following.”

Congratulations to Rudy on topping 250,000 views on this incredible poem. Watch more from Rudy here and here.

Don’t miss Rudy’s forthcoming book on the Button Poetry press! Pre-order your copy of Helium today!



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, and Aaron Coleman!