Alysia Harris – “This Woman” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“I marched through my own heart armed with nothing and came out the other side.”

Don’t miss this magnificent poem from Alysia Harris, featuring at Button Poetry Live.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Hanif Abdurraqib – “The Ghost Of Marvin Gaye Plays The Dozens With The Pop Charts”

Performing at his book release in Los Angeles.

“I have tried on all of your clothes, and still nothing fits but the blood.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem from Hanif Abdurraqib, performing at his book release at Art Share LA, in Los Angeles.


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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Spencer Brownstein – “The Camel Blues”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“What better way to enjoy some fresh air than by chain-smoking?”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Spencer Brownstein, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Ollie Schminkey – “November” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Maybe that’s the trans part? Where you never heal, but just walk into the sliding glass door, again and again.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at Button Poetry Live.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Jared Singer – “Why I Will Never Learn to Play the Cello”


Featuring at Icehouse.

“Some things are holy enough that they deserve to only be done well.”

Don’t miss this brilliant poem from Jared Singer, featuring at Icehouse in Minneapolis.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Rachel Wiley – “Big Women”


Featuring at Icehouse.

“He likes big women? And yet he’s not been thrown a parade?!”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Rachel Wiley, featuring at her book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis.


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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Camisha Jones – “Said the Straightening Chemicals to the Natural Hair”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“You the biggest cat in this here zoo, your teeth just too menacing to be in the show.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem by Camisha Jones, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest!

Stay tuned for more information about our 2018 Video Contest!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rudy Francisco, Stevie Edwards, Claire Schwartz, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Guante – “When They Look Right Through You”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival

“Remember: when they look right through you, you’re still there.”

Don’t miss this magnificent poem from Guante, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.


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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Mami Says Have You Been Crying”


Featuring at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

“Remember your body, the body–a land of feelings we’ve been told to cut down.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, featuring at her book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Make sure to check out her incredible book, PELUDA.


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In-Depth Look: Bernard Ferguson – “Love Does Not Want This Body”

In-Depth Look: Bernard Ferguson – “Love Does Not Want This Body”

Appreciating poetry is often about patience: sitting with a poem, meditating on it, and re-reading it multiple times. With spoken word, we don’t always get a chance to do that. This series is about taking that chance, and diving a little deeper into some of the new poems going up on Button.

“How we were made to bleed, and then made a nation out of dying.”

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Write-up by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre


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In workshops and cyphers, we talk sometimes about clarity of meaning; the question usually revolves around how important it is that the audience (a loaded term) “gets” the poem right away. Especially with spoken word, where the hearing of the poem is the only chance to absorb it– as a writer, what is the value of clarity? What are the dangers of seeking it at the expense of other stylistic impulses? Complicating things, “clarity” is definitely a relative term– poems outside of our specific experience as readers or listeners may feel confusing or abstract, when what they’re saying is actually perfectly clear for some other audience.

This poem might be a good entry point into that conversation, since it is perhaps a little less straightforward than a lot of the other poems featured on Button’s channel. But while that lack of straightforwardness might mean that this poem doesn’t go viral and rack up a billion YouTube views, it powers the poem in other, perhaps more important, ways.

Note how this poem is driven by a dialogue between abstract and concrete: the swirling, dynamic juxtaposition of big ideas/concepts like Love, Country, God, Heaven, Nation, and Lineage, next to concrete, imagistic words like Body, Mist, Wind, Bleed, Sea, and Reflection. Some of their pairings are explicit, and some only manifest beneath the surface of the poem. This gives the poem a dreamlike quality, that forces the audience to reckon with the larger ideas relating to home, grief, and loss in a new way, to seek to understand from a new angle. I would argue that that challenge– to push the audience to reconsider/revisit/reckon with ideas– is one reason we write poems in the first place.

Find more from Bernard Ferguson here.

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