Phil Kaye – “Teeth”

Performing at Gray Area

“Fear of joy is the darkest of captivities.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Phil Kaye, performing at Gray Area in San Francisco, CA.

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Daniel – “Thanksgiving Dinner with Your Host, Bulimia”

Performing at Park Square Theatre

“Recovery is a choice. It is one you have to believe you can make for yourself. It is not sink or swim. It is getting out of the water.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Daniel, performing at Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul, MN

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Ebony Stewart – “Burnt Sugar”

Performed at the Button Studio

“Is darkness only ever thought of as sinister? Or is my villain origin story placed in an idea that I should still have to save a world that excludes or refuses to choose me?”

Don’t miss this awesome poem from Ebony Stewart, performed at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

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Patrick Roche – “Canonization”

Performed by Patrick Roche

“Saint of the quiet anxiety / Of the off-brand panic attack / Saint of attacking”

Don’t miss this great poem from Patrick Roche, performed and recorded in his home.

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TaneshaNicole – “Calling in Black”

Performing at Park Square Theatre

“When I call into a job, it’s usually because I have a fever, cold, the flu, feel so fatigued it hurts to move. I cannot tell my boss that I am sick of being Black. Can’t tell her I won’t be in today because there’s another Trayvon, Charleston, Ferguson in my newsfeed.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Tanesha Nicole, performing Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul, MN.

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Michael Mlekoday – “The Night the Owner of Our Second Favorite Bar Put Ten Bucks into the Jukebox”

Performed at the Button Studio

“‘Tom Purty,’ you called him, your body swelling with desire like your first acoustic in summer. The one you learned on until the neighbor boy smashed it like in the videos.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

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Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre – “The Art of Taking the L [Re-release]”

Performed at the Button Studio

“We can talk about guns, we can talk about access to mental health, but why aren’t we talking about men?”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem from Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, performed at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

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Carlos Andrés Gómez – “Gifted”

Performed at Main Street Players

“It took years for people to read what everyone thought was Da Vinci’s own invented language when all he did was just write backwards.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Carlos Andrés Gómez, performed at Main Street Players in Miami Lakes, FL.

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Leya Greene – “Whisper”

2021 Button Poetry Video Contest

“Safe havens are a scarcity. No more clubs, no more slam poets. Nonprofits are run by the city. If it ain’t lucrative, then it ain’t poppin’.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Leya Greene, a Runner Up from the 2021 Button Poetry Video Contest!

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Brian James Polak – “Make America Great”

2021 Button Poetry Video Contest

“Make America Great, again? So, like, implying it’s not great now, but once was? When was that?”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Brian James Polak, a Runner Up in the 2021 Button Poetry Video Contest!

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