Will Giles – “Choir” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“This is how I think song can be sharpened into a knife.
Misery and memory just minor chords in the same chorus.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem by Will Giles, performing at Button Poetry Live, September 2016. 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.

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 & more.

Tova Charles – “Suggestions from a White Feminist Poet”

Performing at Southern Fried 2016.

“A rose is still a rose no matter what color
that rose is. They’ll still call you pretty, for a rose.
But can’t you just keep all your thorns?”

Don’t miss this great poem from Tova Charles, performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greensboro, NC. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!
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.

Neil Hilborn – “Me, But Happy” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.
“We can’t really be sad if we’re both sad
in the same place, right?”
Don’t miss this new poem from Neil Hilborn, performing at Button Poetry Live. Get your copy of Neil’s new book, The Future, here.

Joseph Capehart – “America Diss Track” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“America, I didn’t wanna have to do this, but you
left me with no other options.”

Don’t miss this fantastic performance by Joseph Capehart, performing at Button Poetry Live, December 2016. 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.

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 & more.

Sam Rush – “Body, Infinitive” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I wasn’t born into the wrong body, I was born into the right lesson; on taking back what’s yours and giving it a new name.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem by Sam Rush, featuring at Button Poetry Live, December 2016. 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.

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 & more.

Danez Smith – “If They Find A Lake on Mars I’m Getting the Fuck Out”

Performing at Inside Voices

“My body is an asteroid destroyed even when it’s speeding
away from the the earth.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Danez Smith, featuring at Inside Voices in Minneapolis. Check out Danez’s book here. And 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.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax & more.

Amanda Pressman – “Pepper Spray” (Southern Fried 2016)

Performing at Southern Fried 2016.

“We can’t pretend that weapons will protect us from the people
we convince ourselves we can trust.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Amanda Pressman, performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greensboro, NC. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!
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.

Kevin Yang – “Fourth” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Money will not save us. Imitation will not save us.
Our silence will not save us.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem by Kevin Yang, performing at Button Poetry Live, December 2016. 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.

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 & more.

Sabrina Benaim – “How to Unfold a Memory” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“My tongue is well-trained in the sit-still, it’s my hands
that can’t keep a secret.”

Don’t miss this excellent new poem from Sabrina Benaim, featuring at Button Poetry Live, January 2017. Keep an eye out for Sabrina’s forthcoming book, Depression & Other Magic Tricks, out Fall 2017 with Button!

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, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman & more.

Donte Collins – “the orphan performs an autopsy on the garden”

Performing at Inside Voices

“And just like that, she’s dead.
A porch light gone out, a windchime songless,
sunken into the soil.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Donte Collins, featuring at Inside Voices in Minneapolis. 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.

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