Justin Lamb – “Hermit”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“I want you to be happy. I also want me to be happy. And you falling in love with a hermit feels like a fair compromise.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Justin Lamb, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Donte Collins – “Death Ain’t Nothin’ But a Song”

Performing at his book release in Minneapolis.

“My mother now wears the world: Dresses herself with the tall grass, blushes her cheeks with red clay, she laughs and a forest fire awakens, she laughs and every mountain bows to her sharp thunder, she laughs and every cicada begins to sing.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Donte Collins, performing at his book release in Minneapolis.

Check out Donte’s book, Autopsy.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Safia Elhillo – “Application for the Position of Abdelhalim Hafez’s Girl” (Motionpoems)

A poetry film by Motionpoems.

“I go quiet for days. I turn the color of mirrors. I turn the color of smoke.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem by Safia Elhillo, filmed by Motionpoems. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Ed Carlyon – “It’s OK”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“My armpit hair is uneven and I feel like something is wrong with my nipples but I don’t know what.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Ed Carlyon, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Khary Jackson – “Past Lives of Darling Nikki” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Fuck these guys, we’re perfect as we are.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Khary Jackson, performing at Button Poetry Live. If you’re in the Twin Cities, don’t miss the next Button Poetry Live show, first Monday of every month in downtown Saint Paul, or watch LIVE from our YouTube Channel.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sabrina Benaim, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman & more.

Marshall Gillson – “Black Boy Climbs into the Gorilla Cage to Ask for Advice”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“They mistake our wailing for anger, but it is pain.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Marshall Gillson, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Anne CapCap – “I Rock the Mic”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“I’m a short starving student barely standing five-feet sizzling like Hot Pockets–slick and lisping.”

Don’t miss this wonderful poem from Anne CapCap, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Omar Holmon – “Echo of an Epilogue” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I wish there was something of yours left that I could put my ear to, and hear the familiar of your voice stumbling for my name.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Omar Holmon, featuring at Button Poetry Live, February 2017. If you’re in the Twin Cities, don’t miss the next Button Poetry Live show, first Monday of every month in downtown Saint Paul, or watch LIVE from our YouTube Channel.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sabrina Benaim, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman & more.

Meghann Plunkett – “Humans”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“We are human. We know this because we can look down on almost anything.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Meghann Plunkett, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.

Aaron Coleman – “St. Trigger”

Performing at his book release in Minneapolis.

“I’m hum and tick, derision and boom, unclocked time.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Aaron Coleman, performing at his book release in Minneapolis. Check out Aaron’s incredible book, St. Trigger, Winner of the 2015 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax, our newest release from Olivia Gatwood & more.