Jonathan Salazar – “Baby Come Back (after Poetri)”

2017 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“Come back to me. Come back to me the way leaves come back to trees in spring, the way ocean comes back to shoreline, the way hair should back to a head after a haircut.”

Don’t miss this hilarious poem by Jonathan Salazar, runner-up in the 2017 Button Poetry Video Contest!

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Steven Willis – “The Hustle Speaks”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“You’re young, you’re Black, you’re male. Don’t you know all you ever gonna have is the hustle?”

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



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Khaleefa Hamdan – “My Hero Drives a Cab”

2017 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“A smile might save a stranger’s life, so do not use it sparingly.”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem by Khaleefa Hamdan, runner-up in the 2017 Button Poetry Video Contest!

Stay tuned for more information about our 2018 Video Contest!

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In-Depth Look: Guante – “A Pragmatist’s Guide to Magic”

In-Depth Look: Guante – “A Pragmatist’s Guide to Magic”

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.

“We don’t have spells, but we do have songs.”

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Write-up by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre


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Doing these write-ups, I haven’t had a chance yet to cover my own work, and I appreciate the opportunity to write about this particular poem. This one took years of revisions– and the experiences that informed those revisions– to get to this point.

I remember that I had actually challenged myself to write about hope. For me, that’s harder to wrap my head around than critique, or the calling out of problems, or the kind of tell-it-like-it-is realism that informs so many spoken word poems. So in order to explore the idea of hope, I decided to lean into its opposite: the idea of disillusionment, the creeping dread and cynicism that’s so difficult to not feel if you pay any attention at all to the world.

I definitely feel it, which I why I needed to write this poem: to remind myself that although cynicism as a feeling is absolutely valid, cynicism as some kind of pompous, above-it-all political position is bullshit. Because no matter how bad things get, the reality is that everyday people, organizing together, have fought and struggled and won, over and over again, for centuries. Change is possible. Hope isn’t naive; it just takes work. Hope is something we build, not something that’s given to us.

Even when my poems are explicitly about race, or gender, or class, the thing that I’m really interested in writing about is power. While power can be wielded by tyrants and bigots and institutions, it’s also something that we have. For me, poetry has always been a way to affirm that, to push back against the narrative that we’re just spectators drifting along through history, and not the people who actively shape it.

This poem is new, so it’s not in my book, but my book might be a good place to start if you like my work. Find more at my website, and on Twitter.

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Rachel Wiley – “Notes on Depression”


Featuring at Icehouse.

“A celebration is just a way of begging the good things to stay.”

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


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Nikolas Martell – “Arguments for Gun Rights” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. That’s why we need guns. So we can be the people who kill the other people before they can kill other people without guns with their guns, duh.”

Don’t miss this brilliant poem from Nikolas Martell, performing at Button Poetry Live.

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