Ashlee Haze – “Self-Reclamation in 3 Parts” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“The world is not kind to any woman who is confident in herself.”

Don’t miss this amazing 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, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Sonya Renee Taylor – “The Body Is Not an Apology” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“The body is not an apology. Let it not be common as oil, ash, or toilet. Let it not be small as gravel, stain, or teeth. Let it not be mountain when it is sand. Let it not be ocean when it is grass.”

Don’t miss this extraordinary poem from Sonya Renee Taylor, featuring at Button Poetry Live.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Caitlyn Clark – “Not a Love Poem”

2017 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“I still can’t write love poems and maybe it’s because I’ve given away so many parts of myself, the way women in my lineage always have.”

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

Stay tuned for more information about our 2018 Video Contest!

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, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rudy Francisco, Stevie Edwards, Claire Schwartz, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “I’m Sorry I Thought You Were Your Mother (after Ocean Vuong)”


Featuring at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

“Who are you fooling, they just have to take one look at you to know where you came from.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, featuring at her book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Make sure to check out her incredible book, PELUDA.


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

Sabrina Benaim – “June”


Featuring at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

“I want to know everything. Which is the answer to your question, why I read so many books at once.”

Don’t miss this beautiful poem from Sabrina Benaim, featuring at her book release party at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Get your copy of Sabrina’s book, DEPRESSION & OTHER MAGIC TRICKS.


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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

Siaara Freeman – “For Cleveland, Ohio, My Home”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“Sometimes no one even notices a person’s problems until they set themselves on fire.”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem from Siaara Freeman, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.



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

Jasmine Gardosi – “Raise Your Hand”

2017 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“If you’re still working out how to be happy on your own, touch someone on the shoulder, even if that someone is yourself.”

Don’t miss this brilliant poem by Jasmine Gardosi, runner-up in the 2017 Button Poetry Video Contest!

Stay tuned for more information about our 2018 Video Contest!

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, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rudy Francisco, Stevie Edwards, Claire Schwartz, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!

In-Depth Look: Danez Smith – “Trees”

In-Depth Look: Danez Smith – “Trees”

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.

“Look, y’all: they look like slow green explosions…”

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Write-up by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre


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Spoken word is “a thing that people can do,” in that anyone can write a poem, stand up in front of other people, and say it out loud. But it’s also something deeper than that– it’s a community, a movement, a culture in which certain practices, ideas, and impulses are shared.

So we can talk about an individual poem by itself, focusing on things like structure, word choice, and performance– but we can also talk about an individual poem in the context of that culture. We can talk about how it exists in dialogue with other poems. We can talk about how the poem “works” on a slam stage, vs. in a literary journal, vs. in a cypher with a bunch of friends, vs. at a political rally. People are free to disagree with me on this, but one thing I really appreciate about spoken word and slam poetry– as culture– is this acknowledgement that context matters, that who we are, where we are, and who is listening all impact what the poem “is.”

This poem is brilliant and beautiful in a vacuum, sure. Danez is one of the best writers in the world. But what really strikes me about this poem is how it plays with context. For example, all of the names listed are real people; I know some of them, and that impacts how I hear the poem. But here’s a deeper example: people outside of poetry circles may not be aware that the phrase “poems about trees” is very often shorthand for a kind of “traditional,” MFA-informed, white-centered, aggressively apolitical poetry that is often set up as a foil for the current spoken word movement. So Danez taking the *archetype* of that style of poetry, and flipping it so powerfully, serves to also demolish the very idea that there has to be some kind of binary approach to poems, that they can either be “about trees” or “about real shit.” The poem isn’t just substantive; it’s also subversive. This is what culture-shifting work looks like.

Find more from Danez on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Make sure to check out Danez’s book, BLACK MOVIE.


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Neil Hilborn – “Revenge Sexy”


Featuring at Honey in Minneapolis.

“Now that I’m done crying into the pillow that smells like you, I’ve decided to care about how I look again.”

Don’t miss this hilarious poem from Neil Hilborn, featuring at Honey in Minneapolis. Make sure to grab a copy of Neil’s newest book, THE FUTURE.


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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Guante, Rachel Wiley, & our newest release from Neil Hilborn!