Anthony McPherson – “All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition” (250K Views!)

“Just because I own slaves doesn’t mean I’m racist.
I don’t even see color; you’re racist for being slaves.”

Congratulations to Anthony McPherson on topping 250,000 views on this brilliant poem. Check out more from Anthony 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 new books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Aaron Coleman!

Best of Button Week 93

“I want to love you like the 90s, back when we
made book covers out of paper bags.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Asia Samson & Sierra DeMulder!
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 Aaron Coleman!

Imani Cezanne – “Flowers” (100K Views!)

“She isn’t dying, but I’ve spent my whole life
watching her eat herself into the earliest grave she can fit into”

Congratulations to Imani Cezanne on topping 100,000 views on this powerful poem. Check out more of Imani’s work here and here.



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

Joy Young – “The Dress Poem” (250K Views!)

“It feels like staring at the sun, hard; so when I look away it stays, printed in my mind, making other images melt.”

Congratulations to Joy Young on topping 250,000 views on this lovely poem. Check out more of Joy’s work here and here.



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

Danez Smith – “Dear White America” (250K Views!)

“I count my brothers, and in the morning when some do not
survive to be counted, I count the holes they leave.”

Congratulations to Button author Danez Smith on topping 250,000 views on this powerful poem. Check out this poem and more from Danez in his book, black movie.



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 new books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Aaron Coleman!

Best of Button Week 92

“Love is something I know best by watching
it wash down the drain.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Anna Binkovitz, Riley Zahn & Will Giles!
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 Aaron Coleman!

Sam Sax – “Essay on Crying in Public” (250K Views!)

“How bad does the news have to be before you get to shoot the messenger? How can we bury the hatchet when it always ends up in my back?”

Congratulations to Button author Sam Sax on topping 250,000 views on this incredible poem. Check out more of Sam’s work in his book, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters.



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

Best of Button Week 91

“I can smell the future you on your breath.
She isn’t safe with you.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Guante and a poem from the Get Lit Classic Slam!
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 Aaron Coleman!

Mercedez Holtry – “My Blood Is Beautiful” (100K Views!)

“I’m a walking history lesson, proof that we all come from
the same tree but eventually outgrow our roots.”

Congratulations to Mercedez on topping 100,000 views on this excellent poem. Check out more of Mercedez’s work here and here.



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

Patreon Soft Launch, Contest Update, & New Book!

Patreon Soft Launch, Contest Update, & New Book!
11/18/16
There’s only a few weeks left in the soft launch of our Button Patreon page, during which you can get a free book or t-shirt of your choice while helping to support Button’s ability to keep broadcasting and publishing! We’re really excited about our goals for Patreon, including massively increased accessibility for our videos, a nationwide tour, and more. Check it out now!



In other news, we’re hard at work reviewing chapbooks and videos from the 2016 contests. We’ve already witnessed a ton of incredible work, and we can’t wait to share some of it with all of you. Keep an eye out for more updates there in the next couple months!

And finally, speaking of the contest, last year’s chapbook winner, St.Trigger by Aaron Coleman, is officially available for order. Adrian Matejka, last year’s finalist judge, writes “Aaron Coleman’s undeniable St. Trigger breaks open the conflicted masculinities in the fist-heavy spaces around Black America. Through his hard-hitting, sonic verses, all of the frustrations pushing against Blackness in 2016—the insistent danger, the unforgiving partisanship, the violence—are transformed into necessary resilience.” Get your copy today!

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