Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Lip/Stain/Must/Ache”


Featuring at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

“It doesn’t matter if I can remember the passage correctly, because I remember the way it made me feel.”

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

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Omar Holmon – “Jesus Christ Super Toaster” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“I told my ex that I didn’t pray. I believe in God, but it’s just something that I didn’t do. After this discovery, she said she didn’t know if she could date me anymore.”

Don’t miss this hilarious poem from Omar Holmon, featuring at Button Poetry Live.



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T. Miller – “An Open Letter to Raven Symoné” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“If you tear the part that says ‘peanut’ off of a peanut butter jar, that does not make it butter. That does not make it any less brown, any more yellow.”

Don’t miss this magnificent poem from T. Miller, featuring at Button Poetry Live.



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Hasani Harris – “Brag” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Everybody wants to grow up and be somebody in the limelight, yet there are so many of us that die without even a gravestone to keep us comfortable.”

Don’t miss this extraordinary poem from Hasani Harris, performing at Button Poetry Live.



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Sabrina Benaim – “What I Told the Doctor, the Second Time” (Button Live)


Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“Everything is in slow motion again.”

Don’t miss this beautiful poem from Sabrina Benaim, featuring at Button Poetry Live.

Get your copy of Sabrina’s debut book, DEPRESSION & OTHER MAGIC TRICKS, Goodreads finalist for Best Poetry Books of 2017.



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In-Depth Look: Hieu Minh Nguyen – “The Translation of Grief”

In-Depth Look: Hieu Minh Nguyen – “The Translation of Grief”

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.

“I throw a fistful of sand in the air and pretend to weep.”

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Write-up by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre


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I started writing down lines from this poem that could be used as a jumping-off point to begin to explore its central idea, but I ended up writing down just about the entire poem. And maybe that’s the lesson for aspiring poets– know what work the poem is trying to do, and make sure every line– every word– contributes in a meaningful way to that work.

A room has four walls (if that); it doesn’t need five or six or seven. That can take a lifetime to figure out, if it can be “figured out” at all, but this poem from Hieu Minh Nguyen is a brilliant example of what that kind of efficiency can look like. Note how every line is a complete thought, but how every thought also functions as a transition to the next thought. Take a closer look at the third quarter (or so) of the poem:

I anticipate this grief by exhausting it with music. I open the casket; I make her dance in the center. It is the habit of the artist to see a hole and fill it with imagination. It is the habit of the living to see everyone you love and imagine them dead. I can lick the dirt off of all of your faces. I can sing any dirge, in any key, but the translation of grief will always be flat. There will always be the contrasting light between what is expected, and what would change your bones.

The sound, the light, the taste, the movement in these lines– the sensory/concrete language is so full without being overwhelming. Each one of those lines could work on their own, as a shareable Instagram quote, or as a tattoo. But together, they flow elegantly into one another, a series of images building momentum and intensity, leading up to the poem’s final image of the single black strand of hair.

That’s all shop talk, poetry stuff. But this poem also pushes boundaries with regards to substance, exploring something profound, unsettling, and important about grief, about mortality, and about translation– both in terms of the “translating her life into English” line, and the deeper process of how we translate other people’s lives/deaths into our own grief– selfishly, imperfectly, inescapably.

Find more from Hieu Minh Nguyen (including info on his NEW book) here!

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Toaster – “Tall People Privilege” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“It’s scientifically proven that tall people are more attractive or some shit.”

Don’t miss this phenomenal poem from Toaster, performing at Button Poetry Live.



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Amir Khadar – “Sensational” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I hope the next time a Black person dies, their life is remembered more than their name.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Amir Khadar, performing at Button Poetry Live.



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Olivia Gatwood – “Ode to My Lover’s Left Hand”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“What is the sky if not my body? A home for your open and boastful wing.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Olivia Gatwood, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

Check out Olivia’s incredible book, NEW AMERICAN BEST FRIEND, Goodreads finalist for Best Poetry Books of 2017.



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Talia Young – “Tinder”


Performing at Honey in Minneapolis.

“I could delete it. I could uninhabit this strange electronic city, but, it’s still made of people that inhabit my city. I still live here. I still watch the man on the bus drool over me, trapped in his screen, and Tinder is just his mouth.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Talia Young, performing at Honey in Minneapolis.



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