EJ Schoenborn – “What Gender Are You?” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“My gender is a series of love letters I forgot to send to myself.”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem from EJ Schoenborn, performing at Button Poetry Live.



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Sabrina Benaim – “Hurdles / Dreams” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“There is no sleep for this lonely.”

Don’t miss this beautiful poem from Sabrina Benaim, featuring at Button Poetry Live. Make sure to check out her book, DEPRESSION & OTHER MAGIC TRICKS.


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Hakeem Furious – “Cartoons and Cereal (Reprise)”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“You can charm your way into a woman’s heart so much, you can make it stop beating.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Hakeem Furious, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.



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Davon Clark – “Bustelo”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“The only water my people are supposed to know are the Atlantic and firehoses.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem from Davon Clark, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.



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Kamau Walker – “A Temple Worth Praying To”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“My prayers felt more like habitual recitation rather than genuine conversation, I could never tell if God was listening or if my words were just reflecting off empty corridors.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Kamau Walker, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.



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Neil Hilborn – “A Place Where Someone Loves You”


Featuring at Icehouse in MPLS.

“‘Goodbye’ isn’t a strong enough word, but ‘fuck off forever’ isn’t always what I mean.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Neil Hilborn, featuring at his book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN.

Check out Neil’s newest book, THE FUTURE, now available!



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Porsha Olayiwola – “Unnamed” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“People wonder about Black names: why the names aren’t shorter, why the runaway syllables aren’t easier to catch, why our names chime like music when they traverse between lobes.”

Don’t miss this magnificent poem from Porsha Olayiwola, featuring at Button Poetry Live.

Stay tuned for Porsha’s forthcoming book from Button Poetry, coming Fall 2018!



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Miss K – “How to Be Black in America” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Be more respectful than you have to be. Anything defensive from you is resistance. And you will be detained, in a box, be it metal or wooden.”

Don’t miss this tremendous poem from Miss K, performing at Button Poetry Live.



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Best of Button Week 163

“When the boy says he loves my body, but does not say he loves me, I let him.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Bianca Phipps, Dave Harris, & Guante. Congrats poets!

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