Ollie Schminkey – “Pubic Hair” (CUPSI 2016)

Performing at CUPSI 2016.

“The doctor named me woman before
I ever really even existed.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invtiational in Austin, TX.
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Jay Ward – “How to Train Your Dog” (Southern Fried)

Performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam.

“There is, after all, some reason that melanin
seeks after bullets the way it does.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Amanda Pressman, performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greensboro, NC.
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Mahogany L. Browne – “Redbone Shames the Devil” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“You can’t tell me that ain’t love.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Mahogany L. Browne, performing at Button Poetry Live. You can get Mahogany’s book here.

The next Button Poetry Live show livestreams tonight, September 5th! Check it out here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out the rest of our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Amanda Pressman – “Spring Rolls” (Southern Fried)

Performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam.

“I like my lies the way my mother used to make them.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Amanda Pressman, performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greensboro, NC.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Roscoe Burnems – “Metaphysics For White Privilege” (Southern Fried)

Performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam.

“Just because you didn’t create it doesn’t mean
you don’t benefit from it.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Roscoe Burnems, our first video from the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam.
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Sam(ira) Obeid – “The Journal” (WOWPS 2016)


Performing at WOWPS 2016.

“It’s hard to make sense of a heart
that speaks louder than the body it fails to fit within.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Beck Cooper, performing at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, NY. You can check out more of Sam(ira)’s work here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Sierra DeMulder – “Facts Written from an Airplane”

Performing at Honey in Minneapolis.

“Writing a list of ways I could be better
and writing a suicide note are the same thing.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Sierra DeMulder, performing at her book release show. You can grab both of Sierra’s books on a special discount here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out the rest of our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Classroom-Friendly Poems

Click here for the full playlist.

With the new school year starting up, we’ve added a bunch of new videos to our Classroom-Friendly poems playlist! We always love hearing from teachers who use our videos, so we compiled this resource to make it easier to find great poems for the classroom.
NOTE: Some poems in this list may not be appropriate for all grade levels. The list is primarily geared toward high schoolers, but many of the poems included would be appropriate for the middle grades as well.

If you’re looking for further classroom poetry resources, check out our books, available in the Button store!
Please share this with the teachers and educators in your life! And if you’ve personally used Button videos in the classroom, please tell us about it in the comments below!

Beck Cooper – “Call Me By My Name” (WOWPS 2016)

Performing at WOWPS 2016.

“You choose to mistake her weight for weakness,
and she chooses not to kill you.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Beck Cooper, performing at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, NY. You can check out more of Beck’s work here and here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Hanif Abdurraqib – “The Four Seasons – December 1963”

Performing at Art Share LA

“Watch as I press my lips to your neck
and fade from my baby pictures.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Hanif Abdurraqib, performing at the Button Poetry/YesYes Books showcase at AWP 2016 in Los Angeles. Hanif’s brilliant debut book, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, is available now.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.