Dagogo Hart – “Lantern Smoke”

2017 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“I know what she means when she says don’t come back. She means be the best you can be. The world deserves you as much as we do.”

Don’t miss this beautiful poem by Dagogo Hart, runner-up in the 2017 Button Poetry Video Contest!

Stay tuned for more information about our 2018 Video Contest!

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Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “We Play Would You Rather at the Galentine’s Day Party”


Performing at her book release in Minneapolis.

“Would you rather be completely covered in fur like head-to-toe, monster type of shit, or, stay with me, stay with me, be perfectly smoothy smooth, in all of the right places: thighs, crotch, armpits, upper-lip, neck? But here’s the caveat: all of the hair that would’ve grown in those places takes the form of a tail.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, featuring at her book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

Make sure to check out Melissa’s new book, PELUDA, now available!

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Joel François – “Haiti”

2017 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“What is the point of speaking two languages if all it does if give you more ways to say ‘dead’ and ‘Black’?”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem by Joel François, runner-up in the 2017 Button Poetry Video Contest!

Stay tuned for more information about our 2018 Video Contest!

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Hanif Abdurraqib – “While Watching the Convenience Store Burn in Baltimore”


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“I can’t recall, I just woke up one day with this new empty.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem from Hanif Abdurraqib, featuring at Button Poetry Live.

Check out Hanif’s incredible debut book, “The Crown Ain’t Worth Much”.



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Jose Soto – “Millennial Jesus”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“Millennial Jesus does not die for his sins, because Millennial Jesus knows it is not a sin to live in Brown skin.”

Don’t miss this wonderful poem from Jose Soto, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.



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Sabrina Benaim – “on the last gesture between us”


Performing at her book release in Minneapolis.

“I think I’ll prefer you a stranger someday.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Sabrina Benaim, performing at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

Check out Sabrina’s debut book, DEPRESSION & OTHER MAGIC TRICKS, available on our website or wherever books are sold!



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

Ashlee Haze – “Ode to Fuck Boys” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“Oh Fuck Boy, how did I live without you? Why didn’t I know I needed someone to drink all of my Hennessy?”

Don’t miss this magnificent poem from Ashlee Haze, featuring at Button Poetry Live.



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

Elisabet Velasquez – “Elephant” (Video Contest Winner!)

2017 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“I walk down the street and the men, they call me beautiful, and depending on their tone this either makes me feel like art or a cheap exhibit.”

Don’t miss this awe-inspiring poem by Elisabet Velasquez, WINNER of the 2017 Button Poetry Video Contest!

Stay tuned for more information about our 2018 Video Contest!

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Cristopher Gibson – “Honestly” (Button Live!)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.
“My granny said, ‘We’re all good at something.’ My something just happens to be saying mean shit to other adults and making it rhyme. It’s not great, but it’s what I got.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Cristopher Gibson, performing at Button Poetry Live.



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In-Depth Look: Bao Phi – “Broken/English”

In-Depth Look: Bao Phi – “Broken/English”

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.

“Year after year she makes flowers bloom in the hood, petals in the face of this land that doesn’t want her here.”

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Write-up by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre


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In a few of these writeups, I’ve written about the immense power of identifying moments. When poems are less like movies and more like photographs, when they force us to look at a single scene rather than telling us the whole story, it gives us space to really sit with an idea, to grapple with it, to process it. This poem does that as well as any I can think of. Through this “small” narrative moment, something very “big” is communicated– about the USA, about the immigrant/refugee experience, about dignity, respect, and rage.

For me, that really gets at what poetry is, on a fundamental level. Sometimes, by just telling a story, or painting a picture of a specific memory, you can say more than some 10,000 word think-piece or essay.

And Bao Phi is so good at that. I make no secret of the fact that Bao is one of my favorite poets of all time, and that his two books, “Sông I Sing” and “Thousand Star Hotel,” are always in my top five list of book recommendations when people ask me what poetry they should read. This poem is a great introduction to his work, which so elegantly weaves together powerful personal narrative, unblinking ferocity, and a whole lot of heart.

Find more from Bao Phi here.

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